The much anticipated mobile app ‘Pokemon Go’ is now available on iOS and Android in select countries. Pokemon Go is a collaborative effort between Niantic Labs and Nintendo and marks Nintendo’s first serious move into mobile.
If you’re a Pokemon fan, you may already know that this game is based on augmented reality. The game uses location-based algorithms in conjunction with your phone’s camera and sensors to (what else?) put Pokemon into the real world. Using the game means seeing Pokemon throughout your world on street corners and in coffee shops (or wherever you may roam).
Your objective is to capture the characters, train them, and battle them in a virtual gym. The game is essentially free to use, but you may have to buy a few things here and there for various fees ranging from $.99 to $99. Nintendo has also mentioned a wearable wristband that will retail for $35 and will be available later this year.
Right now, the app is only available in Australia and New Zealand. Nintendo has told North American and Japanese customers that the app will be available soon in those parts of the world (‘please wait for a while’ is the sign that you’ll see if you head to the Nintendo blog).
Nintendo’s Move Into Mobile
Back in 2015, Nintendo announced that the company would be putting more focus on mobile, but the Pokemon Go details were largely kept under wraps. The actual arrival of the app displays just how serious Nintendo is about mobile – and how the company plans to keep with its always unique ideas.
Pokemon Go is far from being a Nintendo game thrown onto a mobile screen (as many had speculated following the company’s original mobile announcement), which is bound to make die-hard Nintendo fans happy. Stay tuned for Pokemon Go in an app store near you.