Nintendo was very mum way back at E3 when we were discussing their Pokémon Go Plus wearable about when the AR game would actually drop, hinting at a summer release. Guess what? It’s now!
Pokémon trainers looking to stretch their legs in the real world can now go about socializing and tossing pokeballs at virtual pocket monsters with the help of Niantic’s Pokémon Go. The AR game will run much like Ingress where players head to local spots and landmarks, but instead of capturing nodes for their team, they’re looking to grab elusive Pokémon.
The Pokémon Go game is available now for Google Play and iOS, is free to play but does have in app purchases ranging from 99¢ to $99.99. I’m sure poke crazy peeps will eventually break down and drop the Benjamin on that massive haul, if someone hasn’t already. Right now we’re finding that certain folks are having problems downloading the app. Some U.S. peeps can download it whole others can’t. I, on a whim, tried and was blocked. Other friends of mine had no problem here in the States. Good luck peeps!
If you don’t want to be tethered to your phone all the time, you geeks may want to consider dropping a smooth $35 for the thing to have if you’re a hip trainer about town, the Go Plus wearable. It clips to your belt, bag, whatever and lights up when you’re near a Pokémon. Press the button and it will light up one of several colors if the pokeball you tossed successfully captured the ‘mon or not. Or you could just do it old school and stare at the screen and map of your phone, your choice.
One thing to note: since Pokémon Go has gone active in the last few hours, we’re hearing reports of rabid fans tearing into police stations looking for their latest conquest. Don’t do that. That’s bad. Really bad.
Any Pokémon Go fans out there? Who all has downloaded the app already and captured their first Pokémon? I hate the sunlight and well, walking, so I’m shying away from this one. You geeks need to let me know how it is!