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Nintendo Announce 'Pokemon GO' App - The Pokemon Game in Real Life

In an announcement that made my inner child do back-flips, Nintendo, Niantic Labs and The Pokémon Company have announced their latest foray into the world of mobile gaming with their GPS enabled 'Pokémon GO' game, which allows you to explore real-world locations in your hunt to Catch 'Em All.

The app, due to launch in 2016, will be free on both Android and iOS, but with the option to buy an additional wrist-mounted 'Pokemon GO Plus' device. The watch-like addition connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and will light up and vibrate to indicate the presence of a nearby wild Pokémon. Also allowing you to perform basic functions without the need to open the app, the Plus device is aimed at less casual players.

In essence, 'Pokémon GO' is an augmented reality, open-world RPG with an interesting twist. By allowing the game to take place in the real world, they have the potential to a draw in a whole new demographic of gamers. Those who dislike gaming culture due to the seclusive nature of console gaming should embrace this concept with open arms. Niantic Labs, one of the partners working on the project, originally started as a part of Google specialising in augmented reality and GPS integration. On top of that, Junichi Masuda (Director of the Pokémon Series at Game Freak) is consulting on the project. With their expertise backing the game it should prove to be a successful endeavour for all companies involved. On the official website, the game is defined as follows:

Travel between the real world and the virtual world of Pokémon with Pokémon GO for iPhone and Android devices! With Pokémon GO, you'll discover Pokémon in a whole new world—your own! Pokémon GO will use real location information to encourage players to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon.

When Nintendo announced their intent to break into mobile gaming 6 months ago, many fans were sceptical, expecting the company to focus on freemium projects and minimal ports of existing games within the franchise. This latest announcement has done a lot to ease those concerns, as it seems to show that Nintendo are taking the market seriously. You can view the game trailer below, and look out for our review when the app is launched next year.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. Currently working as Editor of Social Songbird, he hopes to one day drop that 'aspiring' prefix. Follow him @SamAtSMF

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Nintendo Announce 'Pokemon GO' App - The Pokemon Game in Real Life Reviewed by Unknown on Friday, September 11, 2015 Rating: 5

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