The eShop launch title is getting a brand new coat of paint.
Pokédex 3D Pro (along with Pokémon Dream Radar) was revealed during the Nintendo Direct event last month as a companion to the upcoming Pokémon Black and White 2. The application, like the original Pokédex 3D, features 3D models of Pokémon with moves lists, evolution charts, and more. However, Pokédex 3D Pro contains data on every single one of the over 650 Pokémon and forms (including those new to Black and White 2).
With all these models, it’s surprising that the developers would have time to include animations for all Pokémon. However, new screenshots (showing an electric discharge from Pikachu and what appears to be an attack coming out of Lucario) seem to point in that direction.
Also of interest: Unlike Pokédex 3D's requirement that Pokémon be gradually unlocked, 3D Pro elects to have every single one available from the start. Even though there is plenty of reason to take this decision at face value, I do wonder if Genesect (who hasn't been officially revealed yet) or the new Sacred Beast forms for Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus will be unlocked as well. There's technically no reason to question the latter, but I still have a gut feeling on the issue strong enough to consider it worth mentioning.
Pokédex 3D Pro brings back the ability to take pictures of Pokémon in real life using the augmented reality feature on 3DS. I especially like that AR Cards of some kind don't appear to be necessary in the application, shown off with a tiny Joltik sitting on a fingernail and a Latios and Latias apparently flying in a forested area. There is also an album feature showing off pictures the player takes in 3D.
Aside from the expected move lists and 3D models of Pokémon in the software, there is a new mode called Pokémon Challenge, though no other information on the matter is currently available. Could there be AR battles in the vein of Kid Icarus: Uprising? Could there be actual challenges to capture certain Pokemon on camera? Only time will tell, though the title is exciting to say the least.
The only thing I will guess about this application that I haven't said yet is that with this many Pokémon 3D models, and this many animations between those models, I can't help but think (or perhaps hope) that the next Pokémon Stadium-esque 3D monster battling game will be on 3DS. I suppose we can only pray to find out more when the title launches in Japan on July 14, and hits everywhere else later this fall.