'Pokémon Go Plus' Wearable Wristband's Resell Price Rises to Upwards of $250

Given the intense popularity of the new augmented reality game Pokémon Go, a few retailers have begun facing shortages of the game's $35 wrist-worn accessory, the Pokémon Go Plus, which allows users to receive notifications about nearby Pokémon right on their wrists. Although some players expected the app itself to send push notifications to their phone's lock screen, as it stands the only way to be notified about a Pokémon's appearance is to use Battery Saver mode and leave the app open, or invest in Nintendo's accessory.

That investment will now cost you upwards of hundreds of dollars, unfortunately. At the time of writing, the Pokémon Go Plus is sold out at Amazon, GameStop, and even the official United Kingdom Nintendo Store lists it as "temporarily unavailable." As discovered by IGN, the wearable is still available on the reseller auction site eBay, but the average price is hitting somewhere between $100 and $250 for the official first-party version, and not a copy cat.

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Some of the cheapest guaranteed pre-orders on eBay begin at around $140, while a few bidding auctions are currently in action with prices that will probably reach closer to $200. There are also a few Buy it Now options around that price range, with the absolute highest-tiers coming closer to $250. Low level auctions are starting frequently, but given that their start price is already a steep amount, like $60, it's likely they'll also break the $100 barrier.

The Pokémon Go Plus not only vibrates and notifies players of nearby Pokémon via a Bluetooth connection, but it lets them tap a button at the center of the device to throw a Poké Ball, without taking out their smartphone, in attempts to catch the Pokémon lurking nearby. The device was announced alongside the game back in September 2015.

As such, the accessory isn't necessary to the experience of Pokémon Go, but some players might see its addition to their time with the game as majorly beneficial, and perhaps more inclined to a safer experience given the fact that it lets players check in on the game without taking out their phone, although its new resell value is likely to impede more than a few purchases.

Those who have yet to do so can download Pokémon Go from the iOS App Store for free. [Direct Link]



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38 months ago
People are idiots.
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38 months ago
So $35 for something that could be an app on smartwatches?
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38 months ago

I already wear an Apple Watch and play Pokemon Go, how much more nerdy do I need to look?


Much more! Dress up as Ash Ketchum and twist your cap around whenever stuff's going down, for starters. :)
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38 months ago
Would pay $30 for IAP to unlock a watch app for this. I already wear an Apple Watch and play Pokemon Go, how much more nerdy do I need to look?
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38 months ago
I wish the human race could focus on augmenting our reality first.
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38 months ago

Would pay $30 for IAP to unlock a watch app for this. I already wear an Apple Watch and play Pokemon Go, how much more nerdy do I need to look?

I second this wholeheartedly. I just want a way to get notifications w/o needing the app to be open (or wear this band), how more perfect can the AW be for that?
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38 months ago

Much more! Dress up as Ash Ketchum and twist your cap around whenever stuff's going down, for starters. :)



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38 months ago

I'd pay $250 to not wear one. The teenage virgin look isn't cool.

I'd just not wear one.
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38 months ago

I couldn't have ever predicted how popular this game would become. Ever since we found out it was fixated around AR last year, I thought it was bound for failure. Hopefully they still produce a RPG type of game for the iOS platform, Nintendo is killin' it.


I'd love to see Pokemon Go in the style of the original games. Pick/capture/trade Pokemon and level them up by battling, basically. 4 moves; learn more, delete old ones. Limited to 6 Pokemon you can carry at a time. Buy TMs/HMs and Protein/Iron through IAP if you want, though much like the original Blue/Red, that's not at all mandatory to ensure you progress.

Different regions and areas will have different Pokemon. Long grass, ponds, trees, forests. Maybe have the option to start as Team Rocket, Red, a Bug Catcher, Biker, Gym Member, etc., so you have different starter Pokemon and it's not all the same for everybody.

Have little "!" notifications popping up on your phone if there's somebody else nearby who plays it, so you can battle them if they accept. And Bluetooth between phones will project the virtual Pokemon on the ground battling!

Of course this is waaay too complicated and ambitious to ever be vaguely realised. Plus if it happened, I imagine we'd very quickly have a dystopian-style society; gangs of bikers riding around, stopping people and threatening them to a Pokemon battle. :D
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38 months ago
I'd pay $250 to not wear one. The teenage virgin look isn't cool.
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