Pokemon Go rolling out now – so you can be the very best, like no one ever was

By Brenna Hillier, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 06:22 GMT

Nintendo’s cunning plan to make you leave the house is already bearing fruit.

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Pokemon Go has soft-launched, and trainers are already hard at work on the path to becoming a Pokemon Master.

Not everyone in every region is able to download the Nintendo-flavoured Ingress clone yet, but it seems to be opening up to more users in the US and Japan, and is freely available in Australia and New Zealand. All my pals have gone outside. Ugh.

If you’re one of the lucky ones, you can grab Pokemon GO via Google Play or the iOS App Store.

Like Ingress, which was also developed by Niantic and inspired Nintendo to initiate Pokemon Go, the app is location-based – so you’ll need to check in with it regularly while you’re out and about if you want to climb the ranks. For best results, join a team as soon as you can after reaching level 5.

The successes of a Pokemon Google Maps easter egg and Nintendo’s social network app Miitomo give us reason to believe this one may have the potential to go mega. As well as ticking boxes in Nintendo’s bid to create a hardware agnostic platform, the app seems to align with the aims of Nintendo’s Quality of Life unit – getting people up and exploring their neighbourhoods.

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