Review by KeyBlade999
"Thorough, yes... But there are more-thorough Pokedexes out there."
~ Review in Short ~
The Application: Basically a large documentation of every Unova Pokemon. Thorough, but not the most thorough. It lacks a number of characteristics you'll find other Pokedexes elsewhere on the Internet, and even GameFAQs, especially in what Pokemon are included.
Graphics: Definitely among the best seen of the Pokemon series, and also quite good for the 3DS. All you really get to see, however, are 156 or so Pokemon sprites in 3D. Good for the purpose of this application.
Sound and Music: Lacking background themes and most sound effects, except Pokemon cries.
Recommendation: This application is downloadable for free, last time I checked, so you don't really have anything to lose by downloading it. However, this Pokedex's downfalls are somewhat numerous. There are a few aesthetic things (no music, etc.) in addition to the fact that this only covers the Unova region Pokemon (#494 - #649), and, even then, not to the extent that would be found on other Pokedexes found on the Internet. Still, as a quick-reference app, it is well worth the amount of money (which is none) you'll pay for it.
~ Review in Long ~
The Pokedex of the Pokemon anime, manga, and games is often viewed as an absolute wealth of information. In the anime, the Pokedex is shown to give descriptions of Pokemon and their various habits, in addition to, later on, being able to reveal Pokemon movesets. The Pokedex in the games takes on a similar ideal. So, what would really be the point of this?
In recent years, the term "Pokedex" has become more synonymous with a "Pokemon Encyclopedia" - I myself can attest to this fact, having hand-made one of these for Pokemon Black/White 2. Instead of the general Pokemon descriptions, height, width, footprint, etc., you'd normally think of when you hear "Pokedex", you'll get something much, much more in-depth in here.
And all for free, as well! Problem is, was the application itself executed and compiled well, or were certain bits left out?
The Pokedex pretty much has its roots set in the first generation of Pokemon games that came out in 1995 for the GameBoy - Pokemon Red, Blue, and Green Versions, with an expansion, Pokemon Yellow, coming out later. This is also around the time that the television anime began and provided a similar look at the Pokedex. The Pokedex has been featured in every mainstream Pokemon game since.
The second generation, in the late 1990s, consisted of Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal for the GameBoy Color. These games expanded the National Pokedex from its 151 Pokemon to 252, a 101 Pokemon increase.
The third generation began in 2003 with Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald; remakes of Pokemon Red and Green from the first generation also came out in 2004 by the names of Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen. All of these games were released for the GameBoy Advance. This generation increased the number of Pokemon from 252 to 386, an increase of 134 Pokemon.
The fourth generation began in 2007 with Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. Remakes of Pokemon Gold and Silver from the second generation came out in 2010 by the names of Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver. All of these games were released for the Nintendo DS. This generation increases the number of Pokemon in the National Pokedex from 386 to 493, a jump of 107 Pokemon.
The fifth generation began in 2011 with Pokemon Black and White Versions, and their sequels, Pokemon Black and White Versions 2, came out in 2012. This generation provided the largest increase for the Pokedex thus far - from 493 to 649, an increase of 156 Pokemon. This fifth generation is also the one that Pokedex 3D is modeled after.
THE APPLICATION: 6/10.
Information Provided - Pokemon:
Each Pokemon's information fits a single format. At the top, you are given a 3D look at the Pokemon's sprite, complete with a mobile camera. Below it, you can find its Pokedex number in the Unova Pokedex, the Pokemon's type (used in damage calculation), and what genders this Pokemon can be.
Next covered are the Pokemon's base stats. Each Pokemon has a set of stats - HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed - that are used in battle, and the base stats are the initial stats that level-up stat growth is based off of. You will not obtain exact numbers - just gauges which basically rate the stat from 1 (bad) to 10 (good). Below that are its height and weight, rarely used except in the damage calculation for certain moves.
Your next bit of information comes along with the Pokedex entry you'd see if you caught this Pokemon in Pokemon Black Version and Pokemon White Version. Below there, you'll find the Pokemon's egg group(s) (used in breeding Pokemon), its ability(s) and the effects that result, and the Pokemon's evolutionary chain and how the Pokemon progresses along it.
Finally, we have the Pokemon's movesets. Specifically, you will find what moves the Pokemon can learn as it levels up, the moves it can be taught through TMs/HMs, the moves it gets from move tutors, and, finally, the moves the Pokemon can get as a result of being bred from another two Pokemon. Each move has a little bit of data attached to it - move type, move class, power, accuracy, and max PP (basically how much the move can be used).
Information Provided - Moves:
In addition to a Pokedex, this application also has a built-in "Move Dex" of sorts. Basically, it will provide data on every one of the 552 moves in Pokemon Black and White Versions.
You'll get the expected stuff - move description, move type, move power, move accuracy, max PP, and move class. Additionally, you'll obtain stuff never truly revealed in the games - if it is long/short-range, who it can hit, and if it is a direct attack (i.e. one in which the attacker touches the target). Additionally, you'll see which of the Unova Pokemon can learn this move, and how.
How to Fill the Pokedex:
What, you thought you'd have it all from the start? Nope, Nintendo could not make it that easy for you. When you begin, you'll have around a dozen Pokemon and, from there on out, you'll need to use StreetPass and SpotPass with other people who have Pokemon you lack. Thusly, you'll get the data on them.
So, basically, it'll take you a long while to fill up that Pokedex unless you have access to a Wi-Fi internet connection because, let's face it, not everyone carries around their 3DS nowadays.
There are a number of features included in the Pokedex, although they are mostly meaningless. One of the first ones is this little code each Pokemon is given. If you use the game's built-in AR Viewer while facing a Pokemon's code with the camera, you'll end up having the Pokemon appear on-screen. There, you can have it do some tricks and take pictures of it.
The next is a sticker-collecting quest. This basically is attached to the previously mentioned quest - you will basically need to first get a Pokemon to appear in the AR Viewer for one of its stickers, and another requires you to take a picture of it in the AR Viewer. This sidequest is mostly unrewarding, unless you particularly enjoy having 2D photos of Pokemon on the Nintendo 3DS Camera. And, yes, the photos are not in 3D.
Beyond this, there is little else. There are a few customization options to change the look of the place where you see the Pokemon and the look of the windows. There is also a language option to switch among English, Japanese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish - this is mostly a for-fun thing, but it also can reveal the Pokemon's metric height and weight, which is useful if you decide to import the game. Overall, though, the bonus features have little or no true point in being there, beyond the language option, of course.
The Shortcomings of Pokedex 3D:
Okay, so how could I have a real problem with this? I mean, it provides an absolutely in-depth listing and detailing of every single Pokemon, but only to some extent. This will detail my three main qualms with this.
Incompleteness: Frankly, there are more Pokemon than the 156 put into this application. There are 493 other Pokemon, and we need info on them just as much as we do those that reside in Unova. Additionally, the Pokedex fails to mention the exact base stats, a key comparison stat; you only get a general idea of the stat, which is kind of negligable for comparisons.
Unincluded Information: Having hand-made a Pokedex myself, I can tell that Nintendo did not make this as well as they could have. Beside the lack of completeness above, there are other stats they should have provided, not omitted. This includes EXP. at Level 100, EV (Effort Value) yields, gender ratios, egg data (i.e. steps to hatch), maximum stats, moves only learned by a previous evolution, and the abilities found in the Dream World in Pokemon Black and White.
Needless Sidequests: Mostly a reference to the sticker collecting idea, there is no real purpose in doing this. The Pokedex is mostly meant to provide information, so why include minigames that give no reward? If I wanted 2D photos of Pokemon, I could look them up online.
Perhaps the best feature overall of this application are its graphics. Most Pokemon games don't really let you get to see full-body, 3D sprites of the Pokemon - the only ones, really, are Pokemon Colosseum, Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness, Pokemon Channel, Pokemon Battle Revolution, and the PokePark series, among a few others.
While that means the sprites has no true relevance to the mainstream games - which, insofar, have always been 2D - it is an interesting effect. It is mostly used for identification and, perhaps, to give us a look ahead. Long story short, the 3D Pokemon pretty much are the graphics, which is all you should have for a Pokedex application. And they are great.
SOUND AND MUSIC: 2.5/10.
This is perhaps the most disappointing thing of the entire Pokedex. Most of the time, you'd expect games to have some sort of music. Even just apps can usually have some sort of background music to break the silence. You'd also expect there to be some sort of background music here given the amazing quality of music in the fifth generation games.
If you were expecting such, you will be horribly disappointed - there isn't a single background music track here. While, sure, it is by no means needed, it would've been a nice feature. You do get sound effects; however, these just consist of the Pokemon cries. Not the good ones from, for example, the PokePark games and the anime, but the general static-filled cries from the mainstream games. Granted, this being a Pokedex for the mainstream games, I should have expected this.
All in all, the auditory aspect of this is rather depressing. There is little to mention overall, and all you get are Pokemon cries. It is a missed opportunity for Nintendo to show off the anime cries that are largely preferred, even if we do want to keep accuracy to the mainstream games.
THE END. Overall score: 6.25/10.
Pokedex 3D is a rather good start for Nintendo, as far as making helpful sources goes for the mainstream games. The Pokedex is amazingly thorough and gives info that would take most people months or years to document without hacking.
However, I can attest to the fact that this is also not as thorough as it could (or should) be. There are a number of many things missing from this thing - some minor, some major - with the most notable thing being that this only applies to the Pokemon of the Unova region (#494 - #649). That means only 24% of all Pokemon are contained within this application. What about the other 493 Pokemon? They are just as critical to Pokemon Black and White as the Unova Pokemon.
Frankly, you'll be able to find other Pokedexes better than this, albeit without images, elsewhere on GameFAQs, and other sites like Serebii and Bulbapedia do even better. However, this Pokedex is also downloadable for free, so it's not exactly a thing to avoid. While it is not worth hunting down a Wi-Fi hotspot for, if you have access to Wi-Fi, you may as well just go ahead and download it. After all, it is very useful, despite being incomplete.
Reviewer's Score: 6/10 | Originally Posted: 11/13/12
Game Release: Pokedex 3D (US, 06/06/11)
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