Good news, Pokefanatic – Nintendo is updating one of the 3DS‘ hallmark applications in anticipation of Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2. The Pokedex 3D is on its way out and in its place, Nintendo is introducing the Pokedex 3D Pro, as well as connectivity features for the upcoming sequels.
With the Pokedex 3D Pro, fans will be able to access information about over 640 pocket monsters from the franchise’s long history. Additionally, the application, which will be available November 8, will include the new “Pokémon Challenge,” designed to test how well-versed a fan is through a series of quizzes. Nintendo appears to be pushing this version of the Pokedex quite forcefully, as the original Pokedex 3D will no longer be available to download beginning on October 1. The updated version won’t be free, but at this point Nintendo has not announced an American price point.
On the connectivity side of things for Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, players will be able to explore an area known as Join Avenue. Every person a player has connected with through the wireless tag mode, trading or battling will appear on the avenue, where they will open shops filled with rare items for purchase. The caveat is that how impressive these items are results from how many characters populate a player’s street.
For players who connect one of the sequels with a copy of the original Pokémon Black or Pokémon White, the Memory Link function will show what has happened to characters between the followups and their predecessors. Special Pokémon will also be available to catch during these stories, which will only appear depending on how far a player has progressed in either of the titles in use.
Last but not least, available on October 7 on the Nintendo eShop, players can download the Pokémon Dream Radar, a 2D offering that allows those who download it to catch Pokémon and collect items using the 3DS’ augmented-reality functionality. Anything amassed through the downloadable title can be transferred to the sequels, and players may want to take the opportunity – many items are not found in the actual games.
With so many options, Pokémon fans have more than a few opportunities to indulge in the series. Whether you have been playing since the franchise’s inception (I can still remember picking up Pokémon Red), or just joined the madness, Nintendo is offering quite a few ways to keep players addicted to the Pokémon formula.