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iOS Official Pokédex Costs $26 to Catch 'Em All

By - Source: Kotaku | B 13 comments

I imagine that there are many an angry parent out there who doesn't want to spend $26 on their child itching for everything on the official iOS Pokédex.

Want to catch 'em all on your shiny new iOS Pokédex? Now you can… for the low price of $26.

The official Pokédex app for iOS, released in Japan a month ago, has finally reached western shores. The app itself costs $1.99, but there's a caveat. The initial purchase only includes Pokémon from #497-647. Still, that's nothing to scoff at, considering the app includes in depth information on every single one of them, including type, abilities, and where they can be found.

Other Pokédexes of past Pokémon generations can be purchased… for $5.99 each, oddly three times as much as the app itself. That figures out to be about $26 for the entire bundle.

While there are some enthusiasts that are sure to purchase all the Pokédexes, $26 be damned, it's a strange move on Nintendo's part. Everything included in the official Pokédex app can be found for free on the 3DS as Pokédex 3D and there are multitudes of knock-off alternatives that offer just as much for as little as free ninety-nine.

The official Pokédex app can be purchased here on the iTunes App Store.

 

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  • 14 Hide
    deftonian , December 11, 2012 2:22 AM
    sundragonWaiting for some negative Apple comment... 7


    Apple blows.

    There... didn't want to disappoint :p 
  • 11 Hide
    sundragon , December 11, 2012 2:18 AM
    Do kids even play Pokémon today?

    Waiting for some negative Apple comment...

    Sent from my Nexus 7
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  • 11 Hide
    sundragon , December 11, 2012 2:18 AM
    Do kids even play Pokémon today?

    Waiting for some negative Apple comment...

    Sent from my Nexus 7
  • Display all 13 comments.
  • 14 Hide
    deftonian , December 11, 2012 2:22 AM
    sundragonWaiting for some negative Apple comment... 7


    Apple blows.

    There... didn't want to disappoint :p 
  • 3 Hide
    sundragon , December 11, 2012 2:24 AM
    deftonianApple blows.There... didn't want to disappoint


    LOL, predictable - I'm just surprised it wasn't the first comment :) 
  • 6 Hide
    seriousgamer , December 11, 2012 2:49 AM
    "as much for as little as free ninety-nine."

    Lol? Typo?
  • 7 Hide
    merikafyeah , December 11, 2012 3:07 AM
    My Pokemon days stopped after FireRed. Ah, good times with the ol' GBA.
  • 7 Hide
    joytech22 , December 11, 2012 3:18 AM
    OR... You could download 2-3 different pokedex apps that give you details on all of them anyway and for free.
  • 1 Hide
    The_Trutherizer , December 11, 2012 5:27 AM
    Well it's as with everything Apple related if you ask me...
  • 4 Hide
    madjimms , December 11, 2012 5:32 AM
    Wait, hold it... Something is VERY wrong.

    Zak, are you still alive?
  • 1 Hide
    kinggraves , December 11, 2012 7:04 AM
    sundragonDo kids even play Pokémon today?


    Someone still plays it, their latest versions are still selling.

    Not surprising at all on Nintendo's part. Why would you release an affordable app for a competing platform? Now they can officially go "You can pay $26 to have it on iOS, or you can get a 3ds and have it for free."

    But if you want a justification for the high price, Game Freak does not usually develop for iOS, their usual platform is the DS Dev kit. The added expense is them having to learn the new platform.
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    amdwilliam1985 , December 11, 2012 1:51 PM
    merikafyeahMy Pokemon days stopped after FireRed. Ah, good times with the ol' GBA.


    Same here, I still have FireRed and my GBA somewhere in my bottom drawer. Maybe it's time for another round of pokemons.
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    Gundam288 , December 11, 2012 4:10 PM
    MadjimmsWait, hold it... Something is VERY wrong.Zak, are you still alive?

    Something is VERY wrong indeed. I can't say that I've seen Catherine Cai post anything about Apple before as that used to be all Zak.
  • 0 Hide
    HappyBB , December 12, 2012 6:11 AM
    Nintendo is getting greedier and greedier. This is by no way worth that much money!
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    blackjackcf , December 12, 2012 4:12 PM
    merikafyeahMy Pokemon days stopped after FireRed. Ah, good times with the ol' GBA.


    More of a bad pun...

    - Catherine Cai
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