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Pokédex 3D

by Zachary Miller - June 14, 2011, 3:25 pm PDT
Total comments: 3

A free, fun, and ultimately useless app.

Ever want to see Serperior in 3D? Well, now you can. Pokédex 3D, which you can get right now at the eShop for a whopping free ninety-nine, allows you to view all of the Unova Pokémon in eye-popping 3D, their stats and - best of all - their entire learned and TM-based movelists, and descriptions of the moves, and all of the other Pokémon that can learn that move. You also get their egg group, abilities, and AR sticker. It's surprisingly robust and makes those giant player's guides redundant. The Pokémon look great, much better than in any Pokémon Stadium type game. They even animate when you tap one of the onscreen buttons, and you can read their Black and White Pokédex descriptions.

The most disappointing portion of the app is how you acquire new Pokémon. When you download Pokédex 3D, everyone starts with the same 16 Pokémon. To acquire new Pokémon, you have to turn on SpotPass, at which point you can check your Pokédex multiple times a day and discover three new random Pokémon. Yesterday, for example, I got Lilipup, Throh, and Cottenee. To speed up the process, go to this website and follow the instructions to read the AR stickers of all the Unova Pokémon. In doing so, you’ll also unlock a few Legendaries on the fly - which implies they are not randomized and must be scanned to be obtained. If you have friends with Pokédex 3D, you can exchange Pokémon wirelessly.

You can also use the AR stickers to take real-world pictures of these Pokémon, although because the AR stickers are onscreen, you kind of need a second 3DS to take pictures of them, though I suspect you can crudely draw an AR sticker and possibly do it that way (they’re simple block-based designs). Taking pictures also unlocks more stickers, bizarrely.

The menu gives you a lot of options, too. You can change the background, display color, and language. There's a mysterious "update" button too, the purpose of which is currently unknown. All in all, Pokédex 3D can’t be beat for the price, and it’s very fun to see your favorite Unova Pokémon modeled so well in 3D.


MataataJune 14, 2011

The models in this app are EXTREMELY high-poly, and are textured just as well.
My thoughts are that these were actually made for an upcoming Pokemon game for the 3DS, but they decided to just throw this little app together on the fly (hence why it seems a little empty).

In other notes, I don't really see why obtaining Pokemon in this app seems like such a burden to people. Sure, you only get three a day, but it's that surprise of "hmm, I wonder what I'll get today?" that I like.

Oh, and about the stickers and pictures, I don't really see why they don't allow you to save the Pokemon's QR code to your SD card, or just use the packaged AR cards to display Pokemon (for instance, you could set the ? card to display Serperior, the Mario card to display Victini, etc).

EDIT: Also, the here's the proper url: http://pldh.net/guides/dex3d/arstickers ;J

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJune 14, 2011

My prediction is a future set of Pokémon cards will include these AR codes in the bottom corner and there will be an update to the Pokédex that includes more Pokémon (for that update option in it!)

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorJune 15, 2011

It boggles my mind that this doesn't use street pass.

It would be awesome if every time you walked by another player, you got one of their Pokemon that you don't have. In fact, I think it'd be cool if that were the only way to get new Pokemon (other than getting the starting set).

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Developer Creatures Inc.

Worldwide Releases

na: Pokédex 3D
Release Jun 06, 2011
jpn: Pokémon Rittai Zukan BW
Release Jun 17, 2011
eu: Pokédex 3D
Release Jun 07, 2011

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