Location-gaming app Pokemon GO from Nintendo will bring Pokemons to your smartphone.
Imagine coming out of your office, home, or school and getting an alert: A Pikachu is lurking behind a nearby tree, and the chase is on.
Japanese video game company Nintendo Co. the Pokemon Co. and Google spin-off Niantic said Thursday they intend to transplant the virtual realities of the famous Pokemon “pocket monsters” into real-world locations with a smartphone app, Pokemon Go, that players can use to catch, trade and stage battles between the creatures.
Location-gaming app Pokemon GO is similar to Niantic’s “Ingress” real-world adventure game, which reports 12 million downloads. The Nintendo game will be released in 2016, initially as a free download.
Nintendo also created Pokemon GO Plus, a small, wearable Bluetooth device that will use vibrations and flashes to alert players to Pokemon lurking in their surroundings.
Pokemon, or Pocket Monsters, are a franchise that began in 1996, created by Japanese video game developer Game Freak, which was acquired by Nintendo and also is involved in creating the new app. The best known of the imaginary creatures is likely the tubby, yellow Pikachu, with his lightning strike tail, rosy cheeks and brown-tipped rabbit ears.
The games call for players to catch and collect Pokemon, train them and stage battles while pursuing various adventures. Aside from games, there are Pokemon cartoons, toys, and trading cards.
Niantic Inc. was founded as a Google subsidiary by Google Earth co-creator John Hanke. Its mobile game uses GPS technology to create a science fiction “augmented reality.”
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Kyoto, Japan-based Nintendo held back from smartphone games, but in March announced an alliance with Japanese mobile game company DeNA to develop games for mobile devices. In the end, Pokemon GO was a pet project for its late president, Satoru Iwata, said Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto.
“Nintendo has created a wide variety of games and game devices. All of them have helped to expand the game population,” Miyamoto said. “Pokemon GO and Pokemon GO Plus represent another step in realizing that mission.”
Conveying how the game might actually work is a challenge, acknowledged Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of Pokemon.
“You find the Pokemon with the smartphone. You’ll have a map on your mobile device to find the Pokemon and you can try to catch them,” he said.
A video virtualisation of the game seemed almost hallucinatory, with images of the Pokemon showing up on a screen operating like a video camera and masses of people chasing through streets.
Ishihara said one of the biggest challenges of designing the game is ensuring that the real world location data gathered by GPS and replicated in the game would not put people in danger.
“You don’t want people rushing into traffic,” he said.
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Pokemon Emerald featuring Rayquaza on the box art, is the twelfth game in the Pokemon video game series in Japan, and the eleventh in North America and Europe. The game, an updated version of Ruby and Sapphire, was released in Japan on September 16, 2004; it was released in North America on May 1, 2005; Australia on June 9, 2005; and Europe on October 21, 2005.
Although the gameplay is as that of Ruby and Sapphire, Emerald introduces new features. The plot is modified; both Team Magma and Aqua are villains who are locked in a constant gang war and awaken Groudon and Kyogre, respectively. When the two legendary PokВЁВ¦mon begin to battle each other, the protagonist must unleash the legendary PokВЁВ¦mon Rayquaza (pictured on the box cover) to calm them. Some of the game mechanics are changed as well. Though double battles were clearly marked in Ruby and Sapphire, in Emerald, two separate trainers might unite to battle as a pair. After the Elite Four is defeated, the player may re-battle Gym Leaders in a double battle if they are called on their PokВЁВ¦Nav. Also, PokВЁВ¦mon sprites are animated in battle like they were in PokВЁВ¦mon Crystal. Probably the most significant addition is the Battle Frontier, an expanded version of the Battle Tower in Ruby and Sapphire.
Another change made in Emerald is the addition of Team Magma's base on the side of Mt. Chimney; moreover, the legendary PokВЁВ¦mon Groudon is found here, rather than in the Cave of Origin. Even though the locations of the legendary PokВЁВ¦mon are different, Team Magma still makes the mistake of taking the blue orb to Groudon, while Team Aqua still makes the mistake of taking the red orb to Kyogre. A new character named Scott is also introduced in this game. Unknown to the player, he is the creator of the Battle Frontier. He follows the player throughout the game, watching them battle each Gym Leader and even meeting up with them when they get to the Battle Frontier.
Pokemon Emerald: This is Nintendo Game Boy Advance game, plays for Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance SP and DS Lite. Start out with just 3 Pokemon, and travel across Hoenn to earn badges in 8 different gyms Over 350 new Pokemon are here to battle with, collect and trade New battle system allows trainers to take two Pok mon into battle instead of just one at a time As you play you'll open up fun and exciting mini-games that advance the storyline You'll have to become a hero by helping Team Magma stop Team Aqua from flooding the world for control of the water Pokemon!
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Free-to-play Pokйmon Shuffle headed to iPhone, Android
By Tom Phillips Published 29/06/2015
Free-to-play 3DS puzzler Pokйmon Shuffle is headed to iPhone and Android mobiles.
The Pokйmon Company has published a brief trailer showing off the game's new phone-based version. Once again, the main game will be a free download funded by in-app purchases.
Pokйmon Shuffle has been a huge success on 3DS. It launched back in February and by April had already been downloaded more than 3 million times.
A thinly-veiled take on the popular Puzzle and Dragons mobile app, Shuffle lets you play five games for free during each play session.
The ability to play for free then recharges over time, or you can pay to buy more play tokens (hearts). You can also buy lumps of in-game gold to use on items.
We previously investigated how long you should expect to play without paying up. Since then, the game has at least separated out hearts that recharge naturally over time (up to a limit of five) from hearts you buy.
But Eurogamer's Christian Donlan wasn't convinced:
"Shuffle is a muddle, then," he wrote in our Pokйmon Shuffle review. "an acceptable distraction undermined by the grasping philosophy behind its business model as much as the actual amount of money it could cost you."
Nintendo is due to start releasing its own mobile games from later this year. A number of apps featuring Pokйmon have already launched for mobile platforms, published by The Pokйmon Company.