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Pokemon Fans to Get Augmented Reality

/ Aug 17th, 2012 No Comments

Pokemon Black and White Version 2 Box Art
Pokemon Black and White Version 2 Box Art

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Pokemon, the international sensation got an injection of extremely exciting news for its franchise as Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 will be released on October 7th in North America for the Nintendo DS. This set of games is sequels to the insanely popular Pokemon game, Pokémon Black and White released back in 2011. Much like the previous titles, Pokémon Black Version 2 is playable on NDS, DSi and 3DS systems. However, Nintendo 3DS owners who pick up either of those Pokemon games or both will get additional bonuses not available to gamers on the older handhelds. For 3DS owners, Nintendo will be releasing two Pokemon related apps this fall to coincide with the release of Pokémon Black Version 2. The two apps are Pokémon Dream Radar and Pokédex 3D Pro.

The first app, Pokemon Dream Radar allows gamers to utilize multiple features of the 3DS system to capture Pokémon in the real world. The features that players will take advantage of are the 3DS camera, and the motion-control and augmented reality technology that the system boasts. When players use this app, they can move the 3DS system around aiming the camera at different spots to discover hidden Pokemon in the real world. In order to catch uncovered Pokemon, gamers move the 3DS to aim and shoot beams at the Pokemon. Presumably, these real world Pokemon are wily and will rabbit on the player because they do not want to be digital files trapped inside the 3DS. Once gamers capture these Pokémon they can transfer them to their copy of Pokémon Black Version 2 or Pokémon White Version 2. Thus, this app gives players an excellent opportunity to boost their rooster in the game. One of the biggest draws of Pokémon Dream Radar is that it includes some hard-to-find Pokémon, making the app more attractive to Pokémon fans and gives more incentives to taking advantage of the Pokémon Dream Radar.

Pokemon Dream Radar

I ain’t ‘fraid of no pokemon!

The other app that Nintendo will be releasing this fall to pair with Pokémon Black Version 2 is the Pokédex 3D Pro. This app is an updated and upgraded version of the previous Pokédex 3D previously released in June 2011 after Pokémon Black and White hit shelves. Unlike the Pokédex 3D app, which only featured a small amount of Pokémon available at first, this Pro version will have all the information of the 600+ Pokémon from the entire Pokémon series, it features unlocked from the start. Therefore, players will not have to trade and go through the hassle of trading in order to get all the information available in the app. In addition to basic information on the Pokémon, the Pokédex 3D Pro will include the extensive information about the abilities each Pokémon can learn and how it evolves, as well as in-depth sorting, comparison and ranking tools. This gives gamers excellent information on how to best utilize the Pokémon in their inventory. It is a great companion for Pokémon Black Version 2 because it will give valuable information to the player. Much like the Pokémon Dream Radar, the Pokédex 3D Pro features plenty of augmented-reality capabilities such as taking photos of Pokémon in the real world (most likely similar to how players can take photos of Dream Eaters in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance).

Both apps, Pokemon Dream Radar and Pokédex 3D Pro will be available to buy as a download in the Nintendo eShop on the 3DS this fall. However, Nintendo of America has released no pricing information, but interested gamers can expect to pay similar to the Japanese pricing for the apps, which is around $20 US. Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon Version 2 come out October 7, 2012 and retail for $34.99.

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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