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One of the biggest items in recent general gaming news was the release of Pokemon X and Y for the Nintendo 3DS, and while we unfortunately can't play the smash hit on our iPhones, The Verge reports that enthusiasts of the popular franchise can now access a "huge set" of Pokemon data through the Wolfram Alpha engine used to power Siri.
The "knowledge engine" Wolfram Alpha made for this new feature reportedly includes a wealth of information about 649 different Pokemon, including images, stats, and their physical characteristics. As posted by Michael Feltes on the Wolfram Alpha blog, "In many ways, Pokemon are an ideal subject for a computable knowledge engine." Feltes adds that "They have a set of well-defined characteristics with lots of numbers to which we can apply our analytic capabilities."
Source: The Verge
Unfortunately, the new information doesn't include the actual new Pokemon from Pokemon X and Y, but apparently they're already on the way. As Pocketgamer reports, Wolfram Alpha actually felt compelled to add the information after they realized that Pokemon searches were suddenly so popular.
The Verge noted that Siri's hit-or-miss voice recognition programming doesn't always work with the often bizarre names for Pokemon, so you shouldn't expect that it'll work all the time. As many of us know all too well, sometimes Siri searches will just the default to your primary search engine or Wikipedia.
Still, it's a fun way to get Siri and the iPhone involved in a staple of popular culture that's especially relevant at the moment. Feltes also acknowledged that this could be only the beginning. "There's a great deal more that we can do with Pokemon," he wrote, "so let us know what you would be interested in."
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