On June 6th, 2011, Nintendo launched the first major system update for Nintendo 3DS. As part of the update, the Nintendo eShop was launched which allowed users to download the free Pokédex 3D application and start collecting data for more than 150 Pokémon from the Pokémon™ Black Version and Pokémon White Version games. Only Pokémon from the 5th Generation were available on launch.
The Pokédex 3D application lets users view each Pokémon in 3D with animated motion and sound. Each Pokémon is a full 3D model that can be rotated 360 degrees while allowing users to zoom in and view the Pokémon model from any angle. As a detailed Pokédex, it also allows users to search, sort and filter all of the data for each of the Pokémon.
Players are only able to get 16 Pokémon at the start and they must receive the remaining ones through a variety of different ways. Players can complete their Pokédex by sharing data with friends by using the Nintendo 3DS's SpotPass™ feature or by scanning special Pokémon augmented-reality Markers. The augmented-reality Viewer allows players to then view the 3D Pokémon model in the real world by utilizing the Nintendo 3DS's camera to create photos to share with friends.
A software update for the application was posted on Nintendo's servers on October 3rd, 2011 for all versions worldwide. Nintendo 3DS owners that had the application installed on their 3DS could download the new update by selecting the Update
option under the menu.
The update unlocked options that generally require users to unlock by getting a certain number of stickers in their sticker book via sharing or trading Pokémon. Some of the unlocked features were: the SD card backgrounds pictures can be used in the AR viewer, the pause Pokémon movements button and the size slider.
Final Software Update
From August 31st, 2012 until October 1, 2012, players could download the final update for the application. This update would immediately unlock the data of six Pokémon, including Reshiram and Zekrom, that you could previously get only by scanning Pokémon AR Markers. It will also made all other Pokémon data downloadable through SpotPass, including all form variations, which were previously available only by connecting with friends.
After October 1st, the application was no longer be available in the Nintendo eShop, but it would remain on a players Nintendo 3DS system until they choose to remove it. As long as it was already installed on ya players Nintendo 3DS system, they would still be able to receive Pokémon data via SpotPass until January 1, 2013.
- Detailed Pokédex of all the 5th Generation Pokémon
- Complete the Pokédex by sharing data with friends by using the Nintendo 3DS's SpotPass™ feature or by scanning special Pokémon augmented-reality Markers.
- Use the Nintendo 3DS's camera to create photos to share with friends.
- View full 3D model of the Pokémon that can be rotated 360 degrees