Nintendo and Apple have had their issues in the past, namely Nintendo refuses to acknowledge the popularity and market share of the Apple App Store. However, the armor that is Nintendo may be cracking. On November 16th Nintendo released it’s first paid-for iOS app available only in Japan, Pokedex. Which, incidentally, is exactly what it sounds like. The saddest part is that if Nintendo ever were to release any one of their IPs onto the store then they would essentially be guaranteed to make a killing. But alas, Satoru Iwata has been quite emphatic in the past that they will only ever make games for their own hardware. The Pokedex, however, is not a game at all. It’s simply an encyclopedia that covers the latest generation of Pokemon. The cost of the app is surprising low by Nintendo’s standards, about 170 yen, or just over $2 USD. Having said that, there are four other packs available for download at 500 yen each. Meaning that if you wanted the entire pack it would run you over $28, so nevermind.
One could even draw some correlation to the release of this app to the launch of the WiiU. But I’d imagine the only driver here is that Nintendo has their name out a bit more than usual and intends to capitalize on the buzz, though even that’s a stretch. It should also be noted that this is not the first free app to hit the app store, though incidentally, that was also a Pokemon game. Which is now gone. So I suppose the moral of the Nintendo story here is don’t get your hopes up.