Official Pokédex for iOS: Is it a steal?
You have to admit that at one time or another you wanted to own your very own Pokémon. You wanted to have a grand adventure around the world, not go to school, and learn to battle other Pokémon trainers. Along the way your trusty Pokédex would help you determine new species and give you invaluable data so you could strategically take down your opponents to become the ultimate Pokémon master. While that was never a possibility, Nintendo has been able to take out new Pokémon games, cards, and all types of other merchandise almost every year since its initial release in the US in 1998.
After 14 years in the series Nintendo has released an official Pokédex app for iOS devices. This may not fulfill your childhood fantasy of becoming a Pokémon master and catching them all, but it will allow you to have a real life Pokédex in the palm of your hands.
The app is available in the iTunes store for $1.99. Now that may sound like a steal, but that will only get you the Unova region. To add the additional four regions; Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh, you’ll need to fork over another $5.99 per region! While Nintendo did not skimp on the details of this app, it just seems a bit over priced to me.
The app will work on the following devices:
- New iPads
- iPad 2
- iPad Mini
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 3GS
- iPod touch (5th generation)
- iPod touch (4th generation)
A minor note, all the devices must be on iOS 6 or newer to run this app.
The app does have Retina support for high-def visuals, so just like the Pokédex in the games, you’ll be able to browse all the information about each Pokémon, watch the Pokémon move in real time and you’ll have the ability to zoom and rotate to view your Pokémon from different directions. You can do things like compare Pokémon and search for move information. In fact you can do a search by almost anything. For example you could type a partial name to find your Pokémon, or you could do a search by detailed conditions like Types (up to 2), Egg Groups (up to 2), Ability, Damage Received, and Moves (up to 4).
Hands down this looks like a great app, but if you truly want to complete the Pokémon library, the price point just seems a bit too high for me. This app doesn’t do anything more than take what you already have in the game and adds it to another device that doesn’t play Pokémon games. If every additional region cost $2.99 this could still be a great buy. However, the Pokémon fanatic may just need to add this to further complete the collection of games, cards, toys, and any other related items. I can see this loaded up on a new red iPod touch for a cosplay costume for ReactorCon next year, I just know it.