Augmented Reality Mobile Game Pokémon Go is Now Rolling Out for iOS and Android

Nintendo has so far limited the lists of countries where Pokémon Go is already available.

Good news – Pokémon Go, the highly awaited augmented reality mobile game from Nintendo and developer Niantic Labs, is now released both on iOS and Android platforms.

Bad news – the game is available only for certain countries including Australia and New Zealand. However, US and Japan users unfortunately will not enjoy the fun.

The app’s Play Store listing is available here and the App Store link here.

Both Nintendo and the Pokémon Company hadn’t revealed the release date of Pokémon Go for some time. Only last month, representatives from the two companies hinted during an E3 livestream that the game would be released in July. Despite the fact that the public beta testing period ended on June 30th, no information about the launch date was available. So gamers, who have been looking forward to trying the AR experience, must have been pleasantly surprised by such an unexpected but still exciting announcement.

So what does such a highly-awaited game look like? The Verge writes: “Game uses your smartphone’s camera and sensors, as well as location-based algorithms, to place pokémon in the real world. That way, as you travel around to landmarks and notable locations in your city, you can catch the creatures and then train and battle them at gyms. When the player catches a Pokemon, they can train them and  help them become more powerful. Players are then given the chance to catch even stronger and rarer Pokemon.”

Pokémon Go was created by Niantic. The app is free but has some microtransactions costing $0.99 to $99.99. Niantic also offers a wrist-worn wearable to play the game without having to unlock the phone for $35. Earlier, the company had collaborated with Nintendo and the Pokémon Company to present a similar AR mobile game called Ingress.

Gamers in the USA and other countries that don’t have access to the game so far are highly disappointed. As usual, they share their emotions in twitter:

Nintendo is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics and software company headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. Nintendo is the world’s largest video game company by revenue. The company was founded in 1889 but focused on video game only in the 1960s. By the 1970s, Nintendo had become one of the most influential in the industry and Japan’s third most-valuable company with a market value of over $85 billion. The company has two major subsidiaries, Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe, manage operations in North America and Europe respectively.

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