Ever since I was a boy, when I used to play Pokemon on my old Gameboy (Codenamed The 'Big grey brick') I really wanted all of the cool gadgets that Ash always had.
When the Television series showed on American television, I fell in love with the Pokedex. Since then I have always wanted to have one of my own. So lets get started on it!
Step 1: Materials
So, what should we use? We could build our own interface, salvage the screen from a dead digital camera, accumulate all of the data on the Pokemon. And this is a project that I am perusing in my spare time. But for our purposes, we can just keep it simple.
Component : a Nintendo DS. The DS provides us with most of what we need. It has a similar Form-factor: it opens like a Pokedex, it has a good screen we can use, buttons, and of course, we can use it to PLAY pokemon.
Component : R4i-SDHC. Onto this card, we can load anything we want, and make it play in the DS. You can Purchase one here:
http://www.r4ds-ds.com/products/R4i-SDHC-V1.4-Adaptor-with-Kingston-TF-4GB-Card-for-NDSi-NDSL-NDS-R4i-sdhc.com-p-169.html Cost: about $30
This may not be the cheapest, but it will work with all the DS versions (excepting the 3ds, which has not yet been tested with this)
Component : GeneriDex. This is a compilation of the PokeDex information in the games. (Props go to saviorkross for putting this together) you can find it here:
This even has a few awesome features that savirokross has built in like a 'Name that Pokemon' and 'Name that Cry' function. He has been VERY thorough, and intends on updating the file in the next month or so with the newest info.
Future Project : As i have mentioned, i am working toward getting a PokeDex of my own compilation off the ground, and for my finished product, i am doing the coding myself. I really like the interfaces on websites like, so just to give you a taste of what lies ahead...
(These guys happen to have a PokeDex toolbar too)