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Pokedex 3D Pro: The Verdict

Marti Bennett recommends that fans download the Pokemon app

I liked the idea of Pokedex 3D but seeing as it only featured the new Unova region monsters, there was something missing. I had always hoped for a complete version featuring every Pokemon so I was very pleased when Pokedex 3D Pro was announced.

Upon opening the Pokedex 3D Pro app, I took a second to look at all the menu options. Pokedex, Move Dex, Pokemon Challenge, Records/Album, and AR Viewer. The top screen started to display random Pokemon along with the time and date across the bottom. For a good ten minutes I found myself just watching all the 3D models on the top screen.

I must admit that I rarely use the 3D function on my 3DS but I cranked it up to full, and just sat and watched. The models are so well made and I'm looking forward to seeing how they are used in future games on the 3DS such as the recently announced Pokemon Mystery Dungeon 3DS game.

My heart melted just a little bit seeing the animation of Shinx chasing it's tail.

Pokedex

When entering the Pokedex feature for the first time you will see Abomasnow's page. The default setting for the Pokedex displays the Pokemon alphabetically. You can change the way in which the Pokedex is displayed in the settings if you wish.

Similar to the in-game Pokedex you will see information such as type, height, weight, and a little background information about the Pokemon. However, unlike the in-game Pokedex, you are given a full list of moves that it is able to learn, type effectiveness chart, available abilities, and which level it evolves at (if applicable).

In the top-right corner you will see a little cog which takes you to a different menu screen. Here you can change the scene in which your Pokemon is displayed, the window colour, background music, 3D depth, credits, and switch language if you wish too. You can also add bookmarks to your favourite Pokemon and moves.

When selecting a Pokemon, a robot-like voice will announce the Pokemon you have selected. This reminded me of when Ash uses his Pokedex to discover a Pokemon in the anime series.

Move Dex

Move Dex is controlled in the same way to the Pokedex. You can select a move on the move menu on the touchscreen. When selected, information on the move is displayed on the top screen. The effect of the move is shown on the touchscreen, as is a list of all the Pokemon that are able to learn said move.

Pokemon Challenge

One of the features of Pokedex 3D Pro I've really been looking forward to is the Pokemon Challenge. Pokemon Challenge is a list of challenges which tests your Pokemon knowledge. The challenges start off fairly simply by asking you to identify Pokemon from certain regions, but gradually get more tricky. You unlock more quizzes by correctly answering questions.

I like how the challenges try and catch you out by moving the answers around on questions I have had before. I've been caught out many times by not reading the question properly or accidentally choosing the wrong Pokemon due to them having similar looking names. I'm finding this feature really addictive and I won't stop until I get a perfect score!

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  1. abovethewell Saturday 10th Nov 2012 at 09:58

    Enjoyed using the first one and am definitely getting this one using an eshop card for my birthday, but When you can get 2 or 3 decent eshop games for that price, I can see why some people will find it hard to justify the price. :)

  2. ThePokekid78 Saturday 10th Nov 2012 at 10:02

    Meh...not saying it looks bad, but the 1st one was kinda pointless and I would never pay £14 for this...

  3. K-tet Saturday 10th Nov 2012 at 10:13

    Whether you recommend it to us or not is irrelevant. You've already covered it and agreed with us, it's not worth £13.49. It never has been worth £13.49 irrespective of what features it has. I don't feel comfortable buying a fancy database for that price, because at the end of the day, that's what it is, a fancy database.

    Until Nintendo have a sale on it when there's not something far more important to save up for (e.g. Wii U) or reduce the price to £7.99 at most, I won't be buying it. Plain and simple.

  4. King Slazo Saturday 10th Nov 2012 at 11:12

    There would have been a lot of development behind the scenes to make all those models.

    I could be wrong here, but that Bulbasaur looks a dead ringer for the Battle Revolution model. Which, if I'm right, would mean that the only new models they needed to make were the Gen5 Pokémon not in the original Pokédex 3D.

    But no. Its not worth £13.50. Not even close. All of the information is avaliable on the internet, for free, along with a myraid of Pokémon quizzes, arguably some of which will be far better. When one of the things you have to praise is "they change the position of answers" it speaks depths about how desperate you have to be to find a positive.

    This is a bigger ripoff than Typing Adventure, and that's saying something. You say this is a recommendation to every Pokémon fan? I'd say you'd have to be a moron who'd buy anything just because it has the word "Pokémon" on it to stump up for this.

  5. Serebii Saturday 10th Nov 2012 at 12:40

    There would have been a lot of development behind the scenes to make all those models.

    I could be wrong here, but that Bulbasaur looks a dead ringer for the Battle Revolution model. Which, if I'm right, would mean that the only new models they needed to make were the Gen5 Pokémon not in the original Pokédex 3D.

    But no. Its not worth £13.50. Not even close. All of the information is avaliable on the internet, for free, along with a myraid of Pokémon quizzes, arguably some of which will be far better. When one of the things you have to praise is "they change the position of answers" it speaks depths about how desperate you have to be to find a positive.

    This is a bigger ripoff than Typing Adventure, and that's saying something. You say this is a recommendation to every Pokémon fan? I'd say you'd have to be a moron who'd buy anything just because it has the word "Pokémon" on it to stump up for this.

    You are wrong. All models were redone as evidence by the two dozen 3D modelers listed in the credits. The reason they may look similar is that they are of the same source material and following a similar art style, but the models are ABSOLUTELY redone and you can tell when you use this utility.

    Typing Adventure isn't a ripoff either. Everyone who has played it has said it's fun and it comes with a free bluetooth keyboard. Hardly a ripoff

  6. King Slazo Saturday 10th Nov 2012 at 12:59

    My bad there then on the models.

    But still, there's a difference between "fun" and paying £40 for a lame game and a bluetooth keyboard. I'm sure the quizzes in this are a laugh, doesn't mean I'm going to pay £13.50 for the priviledge. When I want to do Pokémon typing games, here's a ton of them, and when I desperately need to know something Pokémon related, I'll just head over to Bulbapedia or your own website for what I need.

  7. Commandervideo Saturday 10th Nov 2012 at 13:14

    ^^^ tbh the art style for battle revolution wasn't great, the PP3D art style is perfect.

    And the animmations are quality and some even funny, check out Haunter, Lickatung, Slowbro and the mental animation of Kangaskhan. Plus some animtions could easily be used as attack animations for gen 6, like Mewtwo and Raikou's.

  8. fisher2007 Saturday 10th Nov 2012 at 15:03

    I'm not but paying £13.49 it's expensive and i wait price goes down i hope.

    also anyone download this but be insane pay that price and I'm sorry saying to you but it's the truth.

    :(

  9. Ningamer Saturday 10th Nov 2012 at 19:37

    I'd really like to get this, but £13.49 to see the 3D models, quizzes and the AR Viewer just seems like far too much. I wouldn't ever use the Pokédex function itself since if I ever need to know about any moves I can just head over to Serebii or Bulbapedia (Who will give me a much more detailed answer anyway), and you can't open the Pokédex mid-game so you'd have to exit out of whatever you're playing completely.

    If this were under £10 I may consider it, but it seems that Nintendo can't wrap their head around digital download pricing.

  10. Tamzily01 Saturday 10th Nov 2012 at 19:40

    £13.49 is a little ostentatious in terms of price. Knock about £10 off and it'll be much more appealing. Won't stop me from getting it though. :P

  11. me4ndubz Saturday 10th Nov 2012 at 21:34

    i guess if you're a hardcore pokemon fan you won't care about the price but there's so many other games i wanna get so i'll have to give this one a miss

  12. AtomAtton Saturday 10th Nov 2012 at 21:59

    I go downstairs on Friday morning and open up eShop. I see that Pokedex 3D Pro is out. "Awesome! They released it. Okay, let's buy this thing... Oh, I wonder what the price is. They Never sa..." I see the price tag. "What!? Wow, forget this! I ain't spending that much money on an app that I've practically got already!". Yeah, I'm sorry, but there's no way I'm gonna pay almost £14 just to look at some 3D models and do some quizzes. I think £5-£8 is far more reasonable.

  13. fisher2007 Saturday 10th Nov 2012 at 22:27

    i guess if you're a hardcore pokemon fan you won't care about the price but there's so many other games i wanna get so i'll have to give this one a miss

    yeah but still it's not worth that price and if did get it don't enough on the balance and it's £5.97 last thing's i brought was speedx 3d,pokemon dream rader that's mean's i have to get £10 then it be £15.97

    also i do like take ar picture's and do story's.

  14. CraigEmberson Sunday 11th Nov 2012 at 08:39

    I still wouldn't say it's worth £14, seeing as it is intended as an app. Also, the robot like voice IS the original Pokedex voice :)

  15. Da_Epic_Fail Sunday 11th Nov 2012 at 11:52

    If they reduce the price I may get it, but as people have said, the information is available for free on the internet.
    However, if it's anything like the old Pokédex 3D, the main problem for me is that it won't be very practical as you have to quit your Pokémon game to go on the Pokédex. It's less hassle to go on to the internet while still playing or your copy of BW/BW2.

  16. Nickario Monday 12th Nov 2012 at 22:15

    I'll have to say, when I saw that price tag for this I was short of being shocked. I did accept that they would charge for it with the whole roster of Pokemon and other new features, I was expecting a price of £3-£5, then I see they slap another tenner on top of that. Yeah I'll be waiting for a hopeful sale/price slash (though I'm not hopeful, I can only think of one sale in my memory on the eShop over the year and a half I've had my 3DS).

  17. Wii U Gamer Thursday 15th Nov 2012 at 20:48

    i am not getting at that price

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