I love Pokémon. The games are awesome, being easy enough for kids to pick up while also providing enough depth to cater to the hardcore crowd. Every edition in the main series, from Blue/Red up to Black/White, is worth playing, with most improving upon the previous in the series. I haven’t got around to the latest Nintendo 3DS version, X/Y, yet, but that’s just because I don’t have a 3DS. Bah.
Today the first trailer for Pokémon GO was released, the first title in the series to come to mobile platforms outside of Nintendo’s traditional handheld market. While it reveals little in the way of gameplay, it does provide a look at what it will entail, namely catching Pokémon in “real life” based on your actual geographic location. Interesting.
Official info via Nintendo:
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.
Players will also be able to make use of a gaming accessory, called the Pokémon GO Plus, which seems to be basically a bracelet you where to provide notifications instead of constantly staring at your phone.
A small device called a Pokémon GO Plus will enable Pokémon GO players to enjoy the game even when they’re not looking at their smartphone. The device connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth and notifies the player about events in the game—such as the appearance of a Pokémon nearby—using an LED and vibration. In addition, players can catch Pokémon or perform other simple actions by pressing the button on the device.
Overall, it seems a bit gimmicky, but then the series has always had some of that. I’m not expecting this to be nearly as good or as in-depth as the original series of handheld games, but something cool for my phone is alright by me, especially if it’s free (Pokémon GO will be available for download at no charge, but of course it will offer plenty of in-app purchases to make mad bank).
That being said, I fucking despise mobile gaming, for the most part. It’s mostly just cheap time wasting bullshit that any real gamer wouldn’t be caught dead with. However, there are a few exceptions out there (Healthstone, for instance), so hopefully this will be another one.
Pokémon GO will launch in 2016 for iPhone and Android devices.