Pokédex 3D review The utterly free Pokédex 3D slipped into the eShop earlier today, handing you the keys to 16 starter Pokémon and offering you the chance to unlock the entire Unova catalogue without having to chuck a single Pokéball.
Entirely separate to Pokémon Black and White, the Pokédex allows you to peruse a collection of Pokémon in full 3D, rotate them, watch them loaf about, hear their cries, read their descriptions and see their list of moves.
You can also, assuming you've got the correct AR Marker in front of you, use the 3DS's camera to project your Pokémon into the real world.
Unlocking more Pokémon is a matter of either simply waiting - three new Pokémon are unlocked daily via SpotPass - or trading with other Pokédex owners. You can also scan AR Markers to unlock more Pokémon, but only ones that have been made available by Nintendo.
Collect Em All
Any others you come across will appear as haunting silhouettes, only emerging fully once you've acquired them by other means. As you successfully scan AR Markers and take photos of the resulting Pokémon, you'll also collect stickers.
The more stickers you earn, the more tools you unlock - a setting that allows you to scale the sizes of the on-screen Pokémon, for example. Nothing too fancy.
It's a tad limited, especially with so few Pokémon available today, but the potential uses of the AR Markers are a point of interest. They work both perpendicularly as well as parallel-y! For example, if the AR Marker is placed on a wall, the Pokémon that emerges will still be facing you neatly, instead of looking off at some weird angle.
So new Pokémon could easily be rolled out on websites, TV and billboards. We anticipate the collectible element becoming more interesting as your 'dex fills up and certain Pokémon become increasingly elusive.
As long as collecting the whole set is never as simple as pointing your 3DS at 150-odd AR Markers, Pokédex 3D could do for SpotPass what Mii Plaza did for StreetPass by providing a gentle and clever incentive to keep your console tethered to the internet. As such it is impossible to score as the potential of it has yet to be seen
Yet considering that Pokédex 3D is a free, daily drip-feed of beautifully rendered 3D Pokémon, what's not to recommend?