Pokemon Dream Radar, Pokedex 3D Pro announced for US

By Steve Watts, May 15, 2012 8:15am PDT

Two downloadable 3DS Pokemon applications recently announced in Japan are making the trek to North America, Nintendo has announced. The Pokemon Dream Radar and Pokedex 3D Pro, announced in Japan as the Pokemon AR Searcher and Pokemon Zengoku Zukan Pro, are coming this fall to the 3DS.

The Pokemon Dream Radar takes advantage of the 3DS motion control and camera for augmented reality Pokemon catching. Players aim with the camera and catch critters with a beam. These Pokemon can then be transferred into the upcoming Pokemon Black and White 2. Nintendo teases that some of the monsters in Dream Radar will be among the hard-to-find ones, so it could be an easier way to catch 'em all.

Pokedex 3D Pro is a more full-featured version of the free app that released last year. It includes all 600 Pokemon, unlocked from the start, with sorting, comparison, and ranking tools, and details on abilities and evolution traits. Players can also snap photos of the Pokemon against actual backdrops with the 3DS camera. It sounds more-or-less like a fancy distillation of a Pokemon wiki.

Nintendo didn't announce pricing for the applications, but the Japanese announcement pegged Dream Radar at 300 yen (approximately $3.50) and the Pokedex at 1,500 yen (approximately $18). The latter seems a bit steep, so we'll have to see if Nintendo chooses to use those prices when these downloads hit the US.

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