Mobile gaming is making a bunch of ’90’s kids’ hearts skip a beat, giving them the opportunity to traverse the real world and catch Pokémon along the way. Pokémon are unique creatures that inhabit a world which first existed in Nintendo games in 1995. The humans in the games, known as trainers, scurry about capturing Pokémon and battling other trainers. The jump for the game series from console to phone will give more people access to experience the world of Pokémon, as well as a whole new way to play the game.
Pokémon GO, released July 2016, incorporates the fictional critters into everyday life by creating an augmented reality. Users are able to download the app for free, and, with the use of GPS, find Pokémon hanging out in physical locations around the world. Users will also have access to areas that offer items. This joint effort between Niantic and Nintendo will certainly have gamers of all ages wearing out their tennis shoes as they go walking around town in hopes to capture their favorite Pokémon.
The app itself is free, but there are in-game purchases as well as a small device, designed to look like a Poké Ball (item in the games used to capture Pokémon), that can be worn on the wrist or hooked to clothing. The device is called Pokémon Go Plus and is not necessary to play the game. It provides alerts and allows trainers to attempt to catch nearby Pokémon without digging their phones out of their pockets.
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