Nintendo breaks App Store stage fright, releasing first official iOS app

Friday, 16th November 2012 10:37 GMT By Dave Cook

Nintendo has finally begun to embrace Apple’s app store following a string of clone and unofficial releases have attempted to ride its name. Pokédex for iOS will launch in Japan soon, marking the start of what could perhaps branch out into something bigger.

Imagine just how much money the original Super Mario Bros. would make if it were released on iOS. It would sell like mad, so it’s always been a puzzle as to why Nintendo has shied away from this potentially lucrative marketplace.

GI.Biz reports that Nintendo’s reluctance has come to an end, as The Pokémon Company will publish Pokédex for iOS app in Japan at 170 Yen, and offer additional creature packs for 500 Yen a pop.

Developed by Game Freak subsidiary Creatures Inc. the app could be a big hit among Pokémon fans, considering the new Pokédex Pro on 3DS is rather. Should the app sell well, there’s no telling how far Nintendo’s dabbling in the iOS market could go.

Here’s a screen of the app, courtesy of

What’s your view on a theoretical influx of Nintendo games on iOS? Would you buy in to the idea? Let us know below.



  1. someguy2

    I hope this shuts up the “iOS has nothing to do with gaming” brigade

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    Sony’ll be next.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ManuOtaku

    I dont know if it is on the best interests of nintendo doing this, i mean if this is good or bad for them in the long run, i dont know what to think.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Deacon

    Good move Ninty! the iPhone’s selling well in Japan so this makes perfect sense.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    @1 Anyone who still has that assumption is pretty much deluding themselves at this point, and has been for a while.

    @3 They make money. I don’t see how they could ever consider that bad.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @5 truth.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    #5 Ireland i understand that, but i mean it for the you only find nintendo titles on nintendo consoles, i dont know till which point this is good or bad for them in the long run, in the short yes there are money to be made, but in the long run how much will affect their image and consoles.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Ireland Michael

    @7 It’s not even a game. It’s an app. So having it on another device as a resource you can just pick up and look at when you need information is handy for the people playing the game.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Giskard

    I’d kill for red or blue on the iPhone. It would make my commuting so much better.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. ManuOtaku

    #8 Ok Ireland i understand now, in that case you are right.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. zinc

    m I don’t think Nintendo will start raiding their back catalogue just yet, as suggested it would take focus away from their own dedicated handhelds.

    But I can see them creating more ios only games. Keeps their brand in people’s mindset, so if they do head into a gamestore, it’s a Nintendo console they’ll be after.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Christopher Jack

    @9, Jailbreak it, or get an Android phone- they don’t even need to be rooted to play emulators, heck, Google Play frequently has them on the store.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. schnide

    It would sell like mad, so it’s always been a puzzle as to why Nintendo has shied away from this potentially lucrative marketplace.

    Are you serious? You really don’t know?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. ManuOtaku

    ^ Larrycimino, i do also love my job, it allows me to buy games ;)

    #14 2 years ago
  15. TheDarkWeapon

    @1 People think that iOS doesn’t have anything to do with ‘hardcore’ gaming… not gaming in general.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Sir9

    wow, i’m shocked at how autor of the atricle is uninformed. so much stupid, omg.

    There’s no need to imagine anything more, lol. It’s not a game, it’s just a tool.

    Last year Nintendo said that its up to Pokemon Company to consider which is better way to promote main games on consoles, plush dolls, movies etc. So it’s not a surprise with such an app after last year’s app and some for PC even earlier than that. This Pokedex not the “main game”, not even a “spin-off game”, just a tool, like pokemon encyclopedia.

    In a promotional way Nintendo open their doors to smartpones and interet devices. I mean, soon we’ll be able to see eShop there (do you even read the news; or just like to write some shit?), Miiverse etc. It’s normal.

    Nintendo clearly said that standart Pokemon games never going to be released on non-Nintendo platforms. And if Pokemon Company decides to make somethig like this, it doesn’t mean Nintendo “soon release Mario on iOS”. Lol.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Sir9

    @ManuOtaku Nintendo wants to be a hardware maker, not just a software maker. Their main vision, as Iwata said, not a “quick cash”. They want to release successfull hardware and sell it. Their games can move that hardware. So, with this vision it’s impossible for them to bring their games somewhere else. They’re not gonna do it. At least til they in hardware buisness.

    #17 2 years ago

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