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Pokemon GO Now Available in Australia, the USA, and New Zealand

Nintendo and Niantic Labs have unleashed Pokemon GO to both iOS and Android users in select countries.

The augmented reality smartphone game is now available on the iOS App Store and the Android Google Play Store in Australia, the United States, and New Zealand.

Featured above, a new launch trailer was released for the game, in case you’re still curious how augmented reality Pokemon catching works.

Here’s a rundown of the game’s features, via Nintendo:


  • Catch Pokémon: Pokémon GO invites players to step outside, walk around and catch wild Pokémon. As players increase in level, they’ll be able to catch more-powerful Pokémon and gain access to more-powerful items. While working to complete the Pokédex, players will be able to evolve Pokémon by catching multiples of the same species and can even find Pokémon Eggs which hatch after a player walks a specific distance. Players are encouraged to keep exploring and encountering the many different Pokémon needed to complete the Pokédex!
  • Join a Team and Battle: Players can join one of three teams, Mystic, Instinct or Valor and assign Pokémon they have caught to an open Pokémon Gym location or to a Gym claimed by a fellow team member. Teams must battle against the defending Pokémon in their rival teams’ Gyms to lower a Gym’s Prestige and claim the Gym for their own team. Cooperation amongst team members is important in securing as many Gyms as possible.
  • Share the Fun: Activate the camera feature to take photos of Pokémon encountered in the world. With their real-life surroundings providing a backdrop for these photos, players will be able to share these memorable moments with their friends.
  • Customize the Trainer Avatar: Players can choose from a range of apparel and accessories to match their in-game avatar with their personal style. The customized avatar will appear on the map as players move around, as well as on their profile page. Trainer’s avatars will also appear in Gyms under their team’s control.
  • Soundtrack by Junichi Masuda: Pokémon GO will feature all-new music composed by GAME FREAK’s Junichi Masuda. Mr. Masuda has worked on Pokémon video games since the very first games and has composed many of the classic and memorable songs that have inspired fans for decades.

In-app purchases will be available for players who would like to enhance their Pokémon GO experience. Players can purchase PokéCoins, the in-game currency of Pokémon GO, which can then be exchanged for power-ups and extra items.

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54 comments
  1. Heavily Augmented
    Heavily Augmented
    July 7, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Man, Nintendo is certainly shaping up the mobile gaming landscape for the better!

  2. Maiq TheLiar
    Maiq TheLiar
    July 7, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Can’t even get past the name screen due to a known and common hug. *shrug* Just another great game I’m gonna miss out on and every other Facebook post and gaming news article gonna be about.

  3. Bitterbear
    Bitterbear
    July 7, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Remember the crowd that went Waaah! Waaah! Waaah! We want Nintendo to publish games on mobile! Waaah! Waaah! Waaah!?

    This is Nintendo giving then what they always wanted. Be careful what you wish for, it may become true.

  4. Jack
    Jack
    July 7, 2016 at 11:02 am

    >walking

  5. Smug
    Smug
    July 7, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    monkey’s paw etc

    Though to be honest, what did people truly expected? On shitphones, of all things too.

  6. Bitterbear
    Bitterbear
    July 7, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Their first foray into DLC was decent. They were at the stage where they were basically selling expansion sets (New Super Luigi Bros, and the Massive Mario Kart DLC). But with the NX I’m expecting brazen Microtransactions in the style of a $10 Epona horse armor.

  7. Zufield
    Zufield
    July 7, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    It’s okay when Nintendo does it. :^)

  8. larverto365
    larverto365
    July 7, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    10 dollars to get over 500,000 coins in mario

  9. Bitterbear
    Bitterbear
    July 7, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Imagine Super Mario Bros 3 on mobile where the only way to get a powerup is with real money. $0.99 for a mushroom, $1.99 for a fire flower.

  10. larverto365
    larverto365
    July 7, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Oooooh god, I see it now.

    I don’t think we want to give them ideas, either.

  11. InkBrush
    InkBrush
    July 7, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    I can’t wait to see someone die while playing Pokemon Go.

  12. Bitterbear
    Bitterbear
    July 7, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    It’s going to be like the Angry Birds games: The first levels are easy but as you progress in the game, eventually you have to make a [i]perfect[/i] play in order to progress. Chances are that they’re going to give you a fixed set of lives every 24 hours and if you want more you’re gonna have to pay for it.

    Also, games like [i]Mario vs Donkey Kong[/i] seem ripe for that kind of mobile milking.

  13. Tubsiwub
    Tubsiwub
    July 7, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Those are some shit prices.

  14. Tubsiwub
    Tubsiwub
    July 7, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    It won’t load for me, regardless of what I do.

  15. djluke_1993
    djluke_1993
    July 7, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    It’s not a bad app to use while on my daily walks. Definitely a good companion to have while listening to my music for a good distraction…

  16. scemar
    scemar
    July 7, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    it’s a twisted worst case scenario version of all the things that were asked

  17. Narmy
    Narmy
    July 7, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Were there really people who wanted that? Mobile games are never good.

  18. Bitterbear
    Bitterbear
    July 7, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    They wanted to legit play Nintendo games on their mobile phones instead instead or running emulators. Fans forgot that Nintendo tends to grant wishes in a monkey-paw way.

  19. Captain Vidya
    Captain Vidya
    July 7, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Playing games that are intended to be played with a controller like Mega Man or Zelda rarely, if ever, work with a touchscreen. Why is it that people STILL don’t get this?

  20. larverto365
    larverto365
    July 7, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Oh god, oh man. If that’s how Angry Birds is then I now understand why it gets so much hate.

  21. Bitterbear
    Bitterbear
    July 7, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    It’s a decent time waster. IMNHO the hatred comes from it being a successful casual game. The game doesn’t have time limits so you can easily waste an entire evening throwing fatties at other fatties.

  22. Bitterbear
    Bitterbear
    July 7, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Consumers are spoiled idiots. That’s why they don’t get it. They want and want and want, and you can try to hammer it into their thick skulls and still they want it.

    BUT, they’re the ones with the money so you can suck it up and try to please them, because the reason you can afford to eat is with their cash.

  23. Uncle Slick
    Uncle Slick
    July 7, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    If it’s like every other mobile game, purchases won’t be needed.

    If you’re willing to grind, that is.

  24. Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης
    Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης
    July 7, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    It’s nice that, just like with Pokewalker, it encourages you to go out and walk around. Can’t wait for european release.

  25. Jack
    Jack
    July 7, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    already happened

  26. Zombie_Barioth
    Zombie_Barioth
    July 7, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    To be fair, they didn’t develop or publish this.

    Not that their hands are completely clean. They have to be at least somewhat aware of this, and if they’re just going to license out their IP to other companies things likely won’t get much better.

    What was that about protecting their brand’s image again?

  27. Raziel Barkrai
    Raziel Barkrai
    July 7, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Because some people can’t grasp the concept of something being specialized in doing a specific thing. They want their phones to be a swiss army knife.

  28. dsadsada
    dsadsada
    July 7, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    So I’m friends with Pokemon fans despite having moved on from the series since the 3rd gen and they made me download the game since my phone’s the only one capable of playing it and because I can get around region issues. I caught a charmander and now what? There’s absolutely nothing else I can seem to do. And why the hell does it record the distance I walk? Did I download a fitness app?

  29. Bitterbear
    Bitterbear
    July 7, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    It died with Iwata.

  30. Darkrulershadowlord007
    Darkrulershadowlord007
    July 7, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Poor guy, he didn’t see the bridge cause of that dam pikachu.

  31. Krimhelm
    Krimhelm
    July 7, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    It’s a scary concept for the average nichegamer reader.

  32. Krimhelm
    Krimhelm
    July 7, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Unfortunately, it was fake.
    Goes to show how much people don’t do their research outside of being spoonfed.

  33. Krimhelm
    Krimhelm
    July 7, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Note for people who are scared of talking on the phone, or just don’t have a mobile device with GPS capabilities.
    1: Pokeballs are free. You need to go outside to get them.
    2: Pokemons are random encounters. You need to go outside to get them.
    3: You battle in gyms. You need to go outside to get them.
    4: Pokemons don’t heal, but you can get revives and healing potions by going outside to get them.
    5: This is a team game. If you want to do well, you need to go outside to get them, them being friends.
    6: Most of the stuff in the shop is free. You need to go outside to get them.

    If you’re unfit, scared, or very sensitive to light and society, you can pay for incense which makes pokemon swarm towards you instead of you going towards them. You’ll still need to go outside to play the other half of the game.

    If you cheat with GPS spoofing, you need to reevaluate your purpose and why you’re even playing Ingress 2.0 in the first place.

  34. Zombie_Barioth
    Zombie_Barioth
    July 7, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Didn’t Kimishima say he was following plans outlined by Iwata?

    Well, so much for that.

  35. Darkrulershadowlord007
    Darkrulershadowlord007
    July 8, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Unfortunately?

  36. Guin
    Guin
    July 8, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Servers are fucked, yo.

  37. Guin
    Guin
    July 8, 2016 at 3:56 am

    >you need to reevaluate your purpose and why you’re even playing Ingress 2.0 in the first place.

    Because you like Pokemon and can’t be bothered to go outside?

  38. Guin
    Guin
    July 8, 2016 at 4:00 am

    The thinking behind that shouldn’t be dismissed though. Despite loving my portables, it gets to a point that just lugging a bunch of them around is impractical. Sometimes I don’t want to shuffle through one gadget just to fulfill a specific purpose on the go.

    As much as I tend to rag on them, the smartphone has become the jack of all trades device.

  39. Melsatix
    Melsatix
    July 8, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    It is out here in Germany so it should be available for EU as well, I guess. And it is fun as hell.

  40. Melsatix
    Melsatix
    July 8, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Nintendo died with Iwata, that’s for sure. I have a bad feeling about the future.

  41. Melsatix
    Melsatix
    July 8, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    It depends. You can make actually good games for mobile, but sadly, people only have dollar signs for their eyes when doing so.

  42. Melsatix
    Melsatix
    July 8, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I saw this problem with Final Fantasy 6. The control was really horrible.

  43. Melsatix
    Melsatix
    July 8, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I’m afraid it is too late for that.

  44. SteepInKline
    SteepInKline
    July 8, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Hey, Miyamoto’s still with us, so Nintendo’s not quite dead yet.

  45. Melsatix
    Melsatix
    July 8, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    But how much influence does he has?

  46. Zombie_Barioth
    Zombie_Barioth
    July 8, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Kimishima has been at Nintendo a long time as well, so I don’t know about that. He was in charge of both NOA and Pokemon Co at one point.

    Come to think of it, its possible this is Pokemon Co’s doing since they’re the ones in charge of the entire brand. There’s no telling who signed off on what.

  47. Dark Link
    Dark Link
    July 9, 2016 at 11:26 am

    I personally call it “Pokémon GO Waste Your Time”.

  48. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    July 9, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFTHAHAHA Damn, right when you think you know how dumb Kotaku is, it gets even dumber.

  49. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    July 9, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    More evidence that SJWs / Feminists / BLM are part of some kind of batshit crazy paranoid cult that thinks the world is out to get them.

  50. Ace
    Ace
    July 12, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Real question, what’s the minimum version that your phone has to be in order to play this? I have an Android S3 and I can’t find this anywhere on the Google PlayStore.