The Pokémon Company recently announced the launch of a new app, the Pokémon TCG Card Dex, that lets card collectors take pictures of their physical cards and upload them into a digital Pokédex.
The app is currently available for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, and is completely free to download and use. By using your device's camera, the app lets you scan Pokémon cards so you can more easily keep track of what's in your collection, as well as access the online Pokémon TCG Database to see what you're still missing. Users are also able to sort cards by type, Energy type, Weakness and Resistance, and other traits, which will help with deck building for tournament players.
Although originally only available in Sweden, the app launched for the international market on February 8th. It currently supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Portuguese, and also allows translation between languages when scanning cards. This helps international collectors trade and play with a wider variety of people.
The company also released a short promotional video explaining the app's different features.
However, there is one downside to the Card Dex app for classic TCG collectors. The app can only scan cards released with the Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon series or later, meaning that everything from the 20th anniversary expansion pack and earlier is not supported. That's almost 17 years worth of Pokémon cards that collectors won't be able to keep track of using the TCG app. Considering there are already several unofficial Pokémon TCG apps that do support older sets, this seems like a poor choice on the Pokémon Company's part when it comes to meeting the needs of classic Pokémon fans.
This lack of consideration is reflected in the mixed reviews users have given the app. Reviews by users often express the desire for older card sets to be included, especially those from the more recent XY collection, since they are still readily available in many stores. Many collectors also complain of the app not allowing for non-standard cards such as the Yellow A Alternate cards or holo patterns, as well as collections in multiple languages.
Despite these drawbacks, the addition of the Card Dex app is another exciting expansion of the Pokémon universe into the mobile platform. Although Pokémon Go users are down significantly from the initial launch, there are still about 5 million daily active users worldwide generating about $100 million in monthly revenue. Hopefully, this continued success and the launch of the TCG Card Dex means that there's more in store for digital Pokémon players in the near future. However, let's hope these new expansions don't leave classic players by the wayside.