3rd September 2007: ANDY'S GUIDE TO POKÉMON Having spent the last seven years intermittently building Andy's Guide to Pokémon, we've become aware in recent months that there is *so* much kids are expected to remember or know, to successfully play the different Pokémon versions, that it was becoming - very - difficult to keep track of everything (difficult for us, let alone our visitors).
So we've created new Pokédexes to give kids just one aspect of what they need to know - how/where to get/find the individual Pokémon (now numbering nearly 500). When you consider that there are probably at least 100 different little bits of information associated with each of the Pokémon - the different attacks it can use, the various different TMs and HMs it can use, its stats, all the related breeding and egg information, and much else, which varies from one Pokémon version to the next (let alone all the peripheral info about routes and towns and trainers and gyms and badges and so on), our reckoning is that kids are potentially dealing with anything from 100,000-upwards separate bits of information across the 15 Pokémon versions for which we've provided dexes.
Any parent thinking of going out and buying the Diamond or Pearl games as an introduction to Pokémon for their seven-year-old might want to take a look at the Diamond + Pearl pokédex before they do so. It's wonderful that Nintendo have been so inventive/resourceful, but there's the dual factor that younger kids are inevitably going to be swamped by needing to take this amount of information on board (and the info we've included across all nine new dexes we've now made [around 10,000 'bits of data'] is maybe one per cent of all the inter-related game factors, which would indicate rather more than 100,000 potential factors in total). What we've done by creating the dexes is to try to provide some landmarks so kids will at least have *some* prospect of being able to successfully play the game/s.
There is, for us, a lot of work ahead, to link the relevant "original pokémon" from their relative dexes to the vast reams of "cheats, tips and shortcuts" that have come in from children and teenagers in recent years, explaining further factors of the various games - let alone interlinking all the new info from the existing pages at Andy's Guide - but we're just taking things in stages for the time being. The primary thing, from our viewpoint, was to get at least a *framework* on line, around all 493 individual pokémon characters, and take things from there.
Visitors can access all the other dexes (fire red / leaf green, national dex, emerald dex, ruby sapphire dex, etc.) from the Diamond + Pearl pokédex page. Any changes required to info provided will, as always, be forthcoming in due course from our visitors :)