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Official Pokedex app launches for iOS

Is it opposite day? Did something Nintendo (and official) really land in the iTunes app store?

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(Credit: The Pokémon Company)

Is it opposite day? Did something Nintendo (and official) really land in the iTunes app store?

How far we have come.

This is a really dorky thing to admit, but once upon a time, I made my own Pokédex. The Prima Pokédex didn't have all the information I thought pertinent to my illustrious career as a Pokémon trainer, so I collected it from the internet, compiled it into a nicely laid-out document, then printed it out and bound it.

Only God can judge me.

The point is that I would have killed for the Pokédex app that has just been released by The Pokémon Company with the official sanction of Nintendo and Game Freak. Seriously, look at this thing. Look at all those stats. It includes:

  • Vital statistics (HP, attack, defence, special attack, special defence and speed)

  • Type weaknesses and strengths

  • Moves and how they are learned

  • Where it can be found

  • Its evolutionary path

  • Special abilities

  • Physical statistics (height, weight and gender)

(Credit: The Pokémon Company)

You can also view animations, hear its calls and see its attacks. And best of all, it's for a little pocket, PDA-type device, just like Ash uses.

It hasn't been released to the Australian market yet, but in the US, it's priced at US$1.99, with additional region packs purchasable for US$5.99: Kanto, Johto, Sinnoh and Hoenn; bringing the total cost of the Pokédex to US$25.95. To the avid Pokéfan, I imagine that it will feel like a bargain. We hope that it doesn't take too long to reach the Aussie app store.

Plus, does this mean that Nintendo is going to start porting some of its classic properties to mobile? Probably not — but a lady can dream.