I think it is safe to assume that anyone who’s ever played Pokémon has always wanted to catch Pokemon in real life. And thanks to this new mobile game, that dream is becoming more and more of a reality.
The Pokémon Company has announced Pokémon Go, a new mobile game for iOS and Android, and it is being developed by Niantic Labs, the former Google subsidiary that was behind the GPS-based Ingress.
From what can be seen, it looks like this mobile game is going to use Niantic’s location-based backend to have you catching, fighting and trading the pocket monsters in your area. What’s even cooler is that a watch-like device is being developed to help you catch Pokémon without having to constantly look at your phone.
“Our challenge was to develop a great game for smartphone devices that expressed the core values of Pokémon,” said Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of the Pokémon Company. He also said that he’d been working on this game with late Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata for about two years or so.
According to Shigeru Miyamoto, Pokémon Go reminds him of Pokémon Snap. Miyamoto also added that he likes the idea of kids wearing the Pokémon Go Plus that is paired with a parent’s phone. That way kids and parents can play Pokémon Go together.
When I first viewed this trailer, I felt a child-like curiosity again because this app is going to have you looking around just about anywhere to catch all 720 Pokémon. What’s even greater is that this game is going to make your phone seem more and more like a PokéDex, which is so damn cool, and it seems like everyone is on board with this idea.
I am so ready for Pokemon go, you literally do not understand
— Kichuwa (@Kichuwa) September 10, 2015
The 10-year-old inside me is completely geeking out over Pokemon Go
— Austin Nate (@A_Litterell) September 10, 2015
— DianaCameronMcQueen (@dianamcqueen) September 10, 2015
And the jokes about this are absolutely boundless.
*Pokemon GO! leads me into an alley full of gang members*. Y’all looking for Zapdos, too?
— lloyd.txt (@hvnlydaze) September 10, 2015
if you white out in pokemon go you die in real life
— Devon (@postpunkdad) September 10, 2015
— 5SOS FIGHTERS (@5SOSFighters) September 10, 2015
Kids out here playing Pokemon GO pic.twitter.com/sF886S8v1a
— Eriel Senpai (@MunchingOrange) September 10, 2015
So when Pokémon Go comes out, will people be forced to battle once their eyes meet?
— Devenom Snake. (@ArashiKaji) September 10, 2015
But will pokemon go have gym leaders tho. will I have to go to LA fitness and challenge the manager
— ? (@steeIbaIIrun) September 10, 2015
The mobile game is slated to be released around 2016 for both iOS and Android and the peripheral does not have a release date yet. Nevertheless, this app shows promise and it seems like Nintendo plans on making strides in the mobile and that’s what Iwata would want.