View Pokemon in 3D, then share them with friends in this free eShop download.
3DS owners hungry for a Pokemon fix will get one (kind of) in the form of Pokedex 3D, a new and free application that debuts June 6 with the system's long awaited eShop.
After downloading the software, users will be able to view the Unova Pokemon from the recently released Black and White games on DS, including Oshawott, Emolga, Axew, Tepig and Snivy, among others.
In fact, players will receive 16 battle monsters to start, all of which are viewable in glasses free 3D.
On top of that, Nintendo included a wealth of information on each critter, such as type (Fire, Grass, Water, etc.), a short bio and a series of stats, like height, weight, speed, attack and hit points. Think of it as a downloadable encyclopedia.
That said, it's incomplete. Over time, you'll be able to acquire more Pokemon, but this requires some effort. Not only can you exchange data with friends via StreetPass, but Nintendo also plans to release QR codes that you'll scan with the 3DS camera. Even SpotPass comes into play, providing you track down a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Finally, the app takes advantage of the system's augmented reality capabilities, allowing you to take pictures of Pokemon in the real world. Think of it as one step closer to a portable Pokemon Snap.
While a full-fledged Pokemon adventure would have been more ideal, we think Nintendo's on the right track with Pokedex 3D. Not only does it take advantage of the 3DS' features, but the company's decision to release it free of charge is a nice thank you to fans that purchased the system.
Look for it next week.