Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Review No. 39 Pokédex 3D - 3DS eShop (3+)

Strong Points:
Great 3D graphics
Evolutions, stats, matchup, type and description are all listed

Weak points:
No area listings
You don't start with all Pokémon
Only Unova Pokémon listed

In-depth Review:

Release Dates:
Japan: June 17, 2011
North America: June 6, 2011
Australia: June 7, 2011
Europe: June 7, 2011

Controls: tap Pokémon to bring up information

The original 3D Pokédex really doesn't have that much going for it. For one thing, in order to check the Pokédex, you have to exit the game you are playing meaning that there are no quick checks in the middle of a battle for the opponent's weakness. The other bad thing is that, like its iOS counterpart, there are no area listings. But it gets worse, you can't even buy the other regions due to the simply not existing. Oh, and did I mention that you don't start with all of the Pokémon?

The idea of not starting with all the Pokémon was that you would be like a Pokémon trainer and have to find the Pokémon first. However, this meant waiting a day or so for a new one or finding a QR code in one of Nintendo's few events. By the way, the daily gifts and events have ended now anyway.
But Pokédex 3D does have something going for it, and that is the fact that it's free. Yes, you heard me right, free. As in, you don't have to pay, at all. If only this idea had been copied onto the iOS one.

Another thing that you can do is to use the 3DS's AR capabilities to beam your Pokémon into real life.
But like a lot of AR, this was let down by the fact that you needed an AR marker to do it. But if you did manage to get one then you would be able to play with your Pokémon by feeding them apples and such like.

Conclusion: overall, this is a pioneer for the 3D Pokédex's of the future but is let down by its limits.

Rating: 20%

Goodbye for now, Harry

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