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'Pokemon GO' Begins Rolling Out in the App Store

Nintendo, The Pokemon Company and Niantic's augmented reality game Pokemon GO is rolling out in the App Store now. The game is available in New Zealand, Australia and is propagating through the App Store around the world and in the U.S.


The game uses augmented reality and real-world maps to allow users to venture into the real world to look for Pokemon to capture. Once collected, Pokemon can be leveled up, traded and used for battle. They can also be assigned to defend Gyms from other players. Gyms, like Pokemon, can be found by wandering out into the real world.

When a player is wandering through their neighborhood and a Pokemon is nearby, the game will send the player a notification. Certain Pokemon and items are only available in select locations. For instance, water Pokemon are available near bodies of water while certain PokeBalls are located near museums and other points of interest.

Players can also purchase an optional accessory called Pokemon GO Plus, a wrist-worn device that syncs with the game and alerts users to events happening in the game within their physical vicinity, like the appearance of a new Pokemon.

Pokemon GO iOS screenshots
Our sister site TouchArcade shared some thoughts on the app compared to its beefier, handheld cousins on Nintendo DS.
While the feedback from the beta hasn't been entirely positive, and it's questionable whether the game will live up to the hidden complexity of the Nintendo handheld titles, Pokemon GO will certainly fill a void for anyone looking for critter catching action on their smartphone.
Pokemon GO is Nintendo's second game for iOS after Miitomo. Later this year, the company will launch two more games based on its Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing franchises.

Pokemon GO is available in the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Tag: Nintendo


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11 months ago
gotta purchase 'em all!
Rating: 13 Votes
11 months ago

Yeah this is front page news :rolleyes:


Well, it's more important than Apple's prehistorically outdated, absurdly over priced computers.
Watch bands, streaming *rap, emojis and Pokemons are where it's at mon.
Please try to keep up. /s
Rating: 8 Votes
11 months ago
Yeah this is front page news :rolleyes:
Rating: 6 Votes
11 months ago
Pokemon should not be trapped and forced to fight for our amusement.

This is not only unethical, but many Pokemon species have been over-collected to satisfy demand in Asian markets. With the combined pressures of habitat loss, many are now on the verge of extinction.

Please, if you do see Pokemon in the wild, just leave them be.

- A message from PETA
Rating: 5 Votes
11 months ago

Won't hold a candle to the real games on 3DS.


It's not supposed to.
Rating: 5 Votes
11 months ago
Wait, you mean I have to get off my couch to play this game?
Rating: 5 Votes
11 months ago

Legendary is in the middle of the pacific.


So basically Poke-fans should pool their money and reserve charter boats? Got it :rolleyes:


So the game will release in the US probably tomorrow?


Most likely
Rating: 4 Votes
11 months ago

Well, it's more important than Apple's prehistorically outdated, absurdly over priced computers.
Watch bands, streaming *rap, emojis and Pokemons are where it's at mon.
Please try to keep up. /s


It's nothing short of amazing to me how toxic macrumors has become. These forums are like the YouTube Comments of the Mac-centric world, and I find myself coming to the site less and less. (I may be a newbie, but I've been following for decades and a Mac User since the late 80's, by the way.)

Overall, I don't even disagree with the spirit of the comment. But like Mom used to say: "It's not what you say, it's how you say it!" And by the way, the Nintendo brand and Pokemon franchise is one of the biggest phenomenons in the gaming world and I mean world as in "not just North America". The overall picture may be bleak, but this is a historic release. I could say more but I'd just be contributing to the tone I referenced above.
Rating: 4 Votes
11 months ago

I'm gonna say it...the game looks pretty terrible.

Should be funny to see how many people think this is Nintendo-developed or published though.


I'll still download it and try it out. But from what I've seen it's kinda bad. I just want an actual port of Mario Kart, Super Mario 64 and dare I say Goldeneye 007!!
Rating: 3 Votes
11 months ago
I'm gonna say it...the game looks pretty terrible.

Should be funny to see how many people think this is Nintendo-developed or published though.
Rating: 3 Votes

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