It is a well-known fact that Nintendo has taken a hard stance against making games available in any other format than its own. The company’s president, Satoru Iwata, made it clear that Nintendo has no intention of ever developing titles for any one else. That’s why news coming out of Eurogamer seems so unbelievable.
According to the tech blog, Nintendo just launched its first paid iOS app. Do you remember the Pokèdex? Players could find out all about every single Pokèmon, including strengths and weaknesses, from the useful guide.
Fans in Japan will be able to download the Pokèdex for 170 yen (approximately $2). The main app comes with information on current Pokèmon. There are four additional packs that include characters from previous generations for 500 yen (about $6) each, or a total of $26 for the whole package.
Nintendo’s Japan-based website shows that package 494-647 features a special encyclopedia that includes characters from the recently released Pokèmon Black Version 2 and Pokèmon White Version 2.
It appears that Nintendo is testing the mobile waters with an app for one of their most popular games of all time. It may not be a game, but it is a step in that direction. If the Pokedex does well in Japan’s iOS market, it is possible that the company will expand its horizons. If nothing else, we may see a U.S. release of the Pokèdex.