Last year we posted about an arcade game called Pokémon Tretta, which lets players search for Pokémon and engage in 3-on-3 battles. It's coming to Nintendo 3DS in Japan, but how will they go about incorporating the actual Tretta collecting aspect of the game? If you answered, "by busting out a huge peripheral that scans in the physical items," you're exactly right!
The 3DS version, Pokémon Tretta Lab, uses the same Tretta as the arcade machine, and comes packed with Lucario, Eevee, and Mewtwo for starters (and to promote the Extremespeed Genesect movie). Pre-orders will get a bonus Pichu Tretta. Check Lab out in the video below.
That fancy scanner comes with two attachment trays so it can be used with both the normal 3DS and the 3DS XL, and it takes two AA batteries to power it.
Once players scan an included QR code to download the Pokémon Tretta Lab Main System, they'll be able to enjoy the game's three modes. Tretta Analyzer mode relays the Pokémon's attributes, Type Checker mode compares type advantages between Pokémon, and Auto-Battle mode lets players pit their Tretta against enemies or other Tretta Lab owners.
The package hits Japan on August 10, and will be priced at ¥3,800 ($39).