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Nintendo turns your iPhone or iPad into a Pokedex

Nintendo guards its intellectual properties closely. It doesn’t just hand out the rights to its beloved games all willy nilly. Know what happened the few times it did? Super Mario Bros the movie and the Legend of Zelda CD-i games. As such, it isn’t too surprising that the gaming giant has shown reluctance to embrace mobile platforms not branded with its own name. But today, a wild app appeared in the iTunes App Store, and it’s likely to be super effective in attracting Pokémon fanatics. The Pokédex is officially available on iOS today.

Developed by Nintendo subsidiary The Pokémon Company, the Pokédex app is an interactive listing of over 640 pocket monsters that exist inside the Pokémon universe. Taking advantage of the Retina display on Apple devices, the app gives prospective Pokémon trainers a look at their creatures in high definition. Search through the extensive list of creatures using custom conditions like skills or type to find the exact Pokémon you are after. Detailed information about each Pokémon, from height and evolutions to abilities and locations, are all available in the app.

It’s worth noting that the app only comes with Pokémon in the Unova region, covered in Pokémon Black and White versions 1 and 2. If you’d like access to all 640 pocket monsters on your Pokédex app, you’ll have to fork over a bit of cash. The app itself costs $2 and each region of Pokémon, four in total, costs an additional $6. So to really catch ‘em all, you’ll be dropping around $26. That’s a pricey commitment to an app that just houses information about made up animals in a game that you have to play on another device. To each their own, though. We’re not here to judge you, fanboys.

You can download the Pokédex app in the iTunes App Store for $2.