Nintendo releases Pokemon iOS app

The Pokemon Company launches Pokedex app in Japan through iTunes for about $2; no word on release in West.

Nintendo's staunch reluctance to embrace the smartphone market may be coming to an end. The Nintendo-owned Pokemon Company has released a Pokedex for iOS app through the Japanese iTunes market for ¥170, or about $2. Additional creature packs are available for ¥500 ($6). The listing was first spotted by GamesIndustry International.

The app was developed by Game Freak subsidiary Creatures, Inc. That company has developed a series of Pokemon titles, including 2011's Wii game Pokepark 2: Wonders Beyond. No mention was made of a release for the app outside of Japan.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said in July that smartphones and tablets had "obviously" changed the portable gaming market. Despite this, he said the competition from these devices has not affected DS sales in any significant way.

Additionally, Nintendo spokesperson Yashuhiro Minagawa explained in July 2011 that the company's strategy to develop games only for first-party hardware "hasn't changed and won't change."

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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legasafe
legasafe

This app is actually terrible for the price... I was very disappointed. For the same price you can get the app called 'PokéBuilder' - it lets you create ANY Pokémon you want and then actually send them to your Nintendo DS game. VERY useful (basically pokegen for iPhone).

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

its been long over due, im sure many people thought they would have done this long ago.

to bad its only a pokedex and u can view it on the pokemon website and many other websites for free anyway, so charging $2 dollars is just silly.

in saying that, i'm sure millions of people will buy this app anyway.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Not sure why anyone would want to look at a pokedex outside of one of the games...waste of money regardless. 

toddx77
toddx77

No Android or Windows phone?

WayneL23
WayneL23

Still waiting for a Pokemon online during my lifetime Nintendo.....

tgwolf
tgwolf

I know exactly why they refuse to port to anything but a Nintendo platform, and it has nothing to do with adaptation, not when you really sit and think about it...or in my case bitterly brood over an NES cart whose battery's spark has been extinguished from the universe taking all my game progress with it.

mtait01
mtait01

I'd like them to release pokemon red and blue for for my phone, great addictive game for the bus and the file size must be next to nothing

SolidTy
SolidTy

Poke fans should dig this, I suppose.

BuzzLiteBeer
BuzzLiteBeer

What we need is an online game. Pokemon would make a fantastic MMO (especially with all the crap on the market right now). I think Nintendo wants to keep it on handhelds (I'm guessing DS would not sell at all without it).

Maxx_the_Slash
Maxx_the_Slash

So the iOS Pokedex costs $2.  Then why the **** does Pokedex Pro cost $15 on the 3DS's eShop? when it had everything this iOS version has?  Psst, Nintendo:  you're supposed to overcharge the competition, not your own fans.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

This after Nintendo sold people that pokedex... >.> what is nintendo doing?? Make a new pokemon game already with updated graphics!

Ovirew
Ovirew

And once again Pokemon will sell like crazy - even without a game.

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

I'm pretty sure I already had a pokedex app on my droid at some point. It relied on AR cards or something, I can't remember.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

such and awesome article title followed by such a dissapointing article....although its for the best really if they did release pokemon games on IOS/andriod id never get any work done

leeko_link
leeko_link

Even if Nintendo only owns 32% of the Pokemon IP, one of those 32% is the handheld game franchise. While the Pokemon Company can release and sell a bunch of Pokemon related stuff like books, apps, novels, clothes, cushions, board games, videos, movies, trading cards, DVD, candies, toys for third parties, the game franchise will still be Nintendo own.

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

While Nintendo owns part of the Pokemon IP, it is not its majority owner, so it cannot prevent Pokemon content from appearing on mobile platforms.

WickedWeavile
WickedWeavile

Yeah, no. I think I'll stick with Bulbapedia since using it costs $0 and is about as detailed a Pokedex as you're going to get anywhere.

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

Thats just dumb.. the games come with a pokedex.... I mean unless I can walk around and when a caterpiller comes near me my phone lets me know caterpi's states, I can't find this interesting.

OverTheTop66
OverTheTop66

I think it's worth pointing out that Nintendo only owns 32% of the Pokemon Company, that's why they are allowed to do this, despite Nintendo's strict anti-mobile stance

emperiox
emperiox

CAN WE PLAY AS ASH KETCHUM FINALLY?

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

 @mtait01 if u jail break ur iphone apparently u can put pokemon and any game roms on it and play them.

toddx77
toddx77

 @mtait01 and hopefully online battles lol.  That always bothering me as a kid.  I finished Red and Blue, caught all 151 Pokemon, my main 6 were all level 100, and I didn't have any friends around all I could do was just fight the Elite 4 again lol.

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

 @Maxx_the_Slash That's what I was wondering. I was going to download the Pro version thinking it was cheap, but when I saw that $15 price tag I was like "Hell fuckin' no!". I'll stick with the free one, thank you.

starcrafthenry
starcrafthenry

 @Maxx_the_Slash This. I just got a 3DS last week, so I missed out on the Pokedex while it was free. $15, are you kidding me?

another_drew
another_drew

 @mav_destroyer o theres been several. but this is the official nintendo which should apparently make us care more....its still not a game

 

Joeguy00
Joeguy00

 @SirNormanislost 

I'm past my portable gaming phase but Pokemon on iOS would suit me just fine and it would sell like crazy!

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

 @leeko_link Yep, this also means that Pokemon on other consoles (PlayStation and XBOX) is STILL out of the question (not like that series would do well on their systems anyway).

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

 @nintendoboy16  @leeko_link

 are you kidding? pokemons the only reason i bought a DS and it will be the reason i buy a 3DS put it on the vita or IOS/andriod and i wouldnt get one at all (well maybe when its really cheap)