Pokémon GO Has Launched in Three Countries

Pokemon Go logoPokémon GO was developed by Niantic (the company behind Ingress). Both games require players to get up and walk around in order to make progress in the game. Pokémon GO was recently launched in three countries: Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. If my Twitter timeline is any indication, I’d say the game is already extremely popular!

Those of you who have played any of the previous versions of Pokémon will have a pretty good idea about what to expect. Players search for Pokémon, throw Poké Balls at them, and hope to “catch ’em all”. The difference is that this newest version of the game requires players to get up, walk around, and go outside.

Sure, there could be a Pokémon hiding somewhere in your home. But eventually, you’re going to have to walk to the nearest PokéStop for more Poké Balls, or eggs, or to hatch and train your new Pokémon. It will be interesting to see if the walking that is required to play Pokémon GO results in a bunch of physically fit players.

Pokémon GO is available on both the App Store and Google Play Store in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Niantic says the game will become available in other countries around the world “in the days ahead”.

I learned that it is entirely possible to play Pokémon GO without purchasing the Pokémon GO Plus wearable device. The advantage of using the wearable device is that it enables you to capture Pokémon, and harvest items from PokéStops without having to take your phone out of your pocket or bag.