Nintendo Announces Pokemon GO For Apple & Android Devices

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Nintendo has announced Pokémon GO, a new augmented reality app for Android and iOS that will will allow Pokémon trainers to hunt for and a battle with Pokémon in the real world.

Pokémon GO will use real location information to encourage players to explore their neighborhoods, communities, and the world to discover Pokémon, and to find friends and other players to play, trade, and battle with.

Check out the trailer for the app, embedded below, to get a better idea of how it works.

Nintendo will also release the Pokémon GO Plus deice, which connects to smartphones via Bluetooth and notifies the player about events in the game, like the appearance of a nearby Pokémon, using an LED and vibration. Players can also catch Pokémon perform other actions by pressing the button on the device.

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Pokémon GO is being developed through a collaboration between Niantic, Inc. (founded by Google Earth co-creator John Hanke), The Pokémon Company, and Nintendo. Junichi Masuda of Game Freak Inc., director of the Pokémon game series, is also contributing to the project.

Pokémon GO will be available as a free on the App Store and Google Play, with in-app purchases, in 2016.