After months of eager waiting, millions of Pokemon fans all over the world can finally start playing Pokemon Go, after it finally had a full release yesterday. The game, which has been in beta for several months, was first announced in September of last year after the death of former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.
Pokemon Go has been in Beta ever since the first Japan-exclusive beta began back in March. The beta would later expand to Australia and New Zealand, with North America getting a beta in mid-May. Now, as July is getting underway, the game has finally been officially launched.
Pokemon Go is a smartphone game, plain and simple, that involves players making use of the game’s app and its built-in world map to walk around their neighborhoods and look for wild Pokemon, which they can then catch and use to battle their friends and various gyms that pop up in other locations.
The game is free-to-play, and players can earn more Poke Balls to catch more Pokemon by leveling up, which they can use to capture more Pokemon. If that’s not fast enough for you, you can also buy more Poke Balls with real money.
Not only is the game a fairly fun way to exercise and meet people, it’s also something that many people have been wanting for several years: a Pokemon mobile game.
The game also comes with a smart watch that will notify you when a Pokemon is nearby, allowing you to head over to that location and catch them. However, you can also simply play with your smartphone if you don’t want to deal with peripherals.
Just be on the lookout while you’re trying to catch Pokemon; you may want that Charizard really badly, but don’t do something like wander into a busy street trying to capture it. In the meantime, go out and start on your own Pokemon journey, and try to catch all the Pokemon you can.