E3 2016: POKEMON GO TO BE LAUNCHED IN JULY

You’ll be able to load Pokemon GO sometime during or before July, Nintendo revealed. The announcement came during Nintendo’s Treehouse Live event.

Shigeru Miyamoto was there showing off the Pokemon GO Plus device, a wearable accessory with Bluetooth link that allows players to discover Pokemon without needing to constantly monitor their phones. Miyamoto revealed Nintendo hopes to have the Pokemon GO Plus device ready by July, at a cost of $35.

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Later in the stream, it was acknowledged the app would need to be ready before the device, putting the official release sometime next month.

The Pokemon GO Plus flashes green and vibrates to alert you when Pokemon are nearby, freeing you from needing to monitor your phone while walking.

One can also throw a Pokeball just using the Pokemon GO Plus device. The flashing light changes to a rainbow pattern if a Pokemon is successfully caught, and red when it fails.

Nintendo showed off some gameplay, as well as gave some details on the types of Pokemon that can be caught, saying eventually it wants to get the app to the point where a player can catch all the Pokemon in existence. Currently the available Pokemon are from the Red and Blue versions of the game.

The focus on Red and Blue is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Pokemon, and those Pokemon will be available to catch when the game launches

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