Pokémon GO launches on US App Store

By , Jul 6, 2016

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Following a period of field-testing in the United States, Nintendo’s augmented-reality game Pokémon GO should become available shortly on App Stores in select countries, including the United States and Japan. A Pokémon Company spokesperson told a Wall Street Journal reporter to “please wait for a while” for formal launch of the game.

Update: Pokémon GO is now available in the US App Store.

The download is already live on the New Zealand and Australian App Stores and is expected to launch later today on the Japanese and US App Stores.

Pokémon GO is Nintendo’s second iOS game after Miitomo, an odd title designed as “a friendly conversation starter” and based on Nintendo’s lucrative Mii universe.

An augmented-reality experience

Realized in partnership with games developer Niantic Labs and Pokémon Company, Pokémon GO takes advantage of your iPhone’s camera, sensors and location information to create an augmented reality experience set in the real world.

After creating and customizing your avatar and playing the tutorial, you must venture into the real world and use the game’s built-in maps to find and capture other Pokémon, including Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu and other characters.

Your iPhone vibrates when there’s a Pokémon nearby. Collected Pokémons can be trained, traded or used to defend nearby Gyms in the real world from other players.

You can join one of three teams to engage in Gym battles with other teams. Gyms can be found at real locations in the world. Because only one Pokémon per player can be placed at a Gym, team members will need to work together to build a strong defense.

A Gym claimed by one team can be challenged by the other two teams.

To reiterate, the game uses real-world maps and real location information to allow players to experience catching, trading and battling Pokémon.

Key highlights

From release notes:

  • Search far and wide for Pokémon and items—Certain Pokémon appear near their native environment—look for Water-type Pokémon by lakes and oceans. Visit PokéStops, found at interesting places like museums, art installations, historical markers, and monuments, to stock up on Poké Balls and helpful items.
  • Catching, hatching, evolving and more—As you level up, you’ll be able to catch more-powerful Pokémon to complete your Pokédex. You can add to your collection by hatching Pokémon Eggs based on the distances you walk. Help your Pokémon evolve by catching many of the same kind.
  • Take on Gym battles and defend your Gym—As your Charmander evolves to Charmeleon and then Charizard, you can battle together to defeat a Gym and assign your Pokémon to defend it against all comers.

The company is even selling a dedicated wearable Bluetooth accessory designed to ping you when a Pokémon has been identified in your vicinity.

Gotta catch ’em all!

Pokémon GO will launch on the US App Store via this iTunes link. The free-to-play game is optimized for smartphones, not tablets, and includes optional In-App Purchases for various items, ranging from 99 cents to as much as a hundred bucks.

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  • Thiago

    Already downloaded throught the Australian App Store. But I’m not sure if it works properly in Brazil, since I live in São Paulo. Anyone knows if a AU app have any issues to work on other countries?

    • Arthur Rovere

      Eu não consigo nem abri. Também baixei usando a conta Australiana mas assim que eu tono no App ele da crash e fecha 🙁

      • Diego

        Mesma coisa aqui, da crash na hora que abre,
        Será que tem haver com iPhone com jeailbreak?

      • Arthur Rovere

        Pode ser Diego!
        Também uso jailbreak (iOS 9.0.2 – iPhone 6S) e não consegui de jeito nenhum :/

      • Diego

        Baixem o tweak tsprotector ios8
        Aí acha o tweak em settings e adiciona o pokemon na black list, pronto, o App não trava

      • Arthur Rovere

        Fosse o melhor!!! Obrigado

      • Rikuo Nurarihyon

        nice guys!

      • Rikuo Nurarihyon

        I just Downloaded Pokemon Go International(No country restrictions) Here. Works Great! ^_^V

        pokemongo-international.blogspot. com

  • The King

    I bit the bait and clicked, so why am I being told the game is coming out today instead of “awhile” as the title suggested? I have to stop taking the bait when im hungry

    • Because, unfortunately, this spokesperson doesn’t seem to be very good at English. They’re using a direct translation of “Shibaraku omachikudasai”, which is standard polite Japanese for “Please wait for a while (while usually implying something akin to, “I don’t know how long specifically, but it shouldn’t be too long, and we’re working on it.)”.

      “While” tends to be a long time period in English, but in this case, it most likely implies a wait of no longer than hours or days. 🙂

      • The King

        Good explanation – While usually means a few hours as well. I think the newer generation takes “while” as days because of the whole ‘need it now’ generation.

  • Diego

    Not working here, app keeps crashing after open, someone have the same issue?
    Jailbroken here

    • Diego

      Found it, download tsprotector on cydia, on settings find the tweak and add pokemon on the black list, done!

      • Drew

        is there any free option available?

      • Ds

        you can download Tsprotector 8+ for free even though Cydia says it cost $1.99 (US) or how much from whatever country you might be in. Once you download you will only be able to put 1 app in the blacklist (trial version), until you actually buy a license from within the tweaks settings.

      • Diego

        you can add a repo that crack the app.

  • nrubin29

    It’s live now.

  • Proaxel

    Why is the developer called Niantic, Inc? Isn’t it supposed to be Nintendo Co, Ltd.?

    • Cristian

      Nintendo isn’t the developer of the game.

    • SouthMouthGwapGetta

      Cuz nintendo didn’t develope it….how is that weird?

  • Douglas Scott

    What’s the best tweak to bypass the security check. It just crashes, because the device is jailbroken.

    • SouthMouthGwapGetta


    • Ds

      TsProtector 8+

      You can download it for free from BigBoss even though it says it cost money for a license. That cost is basically there to let you know that there is a option to “unlock” the full version. The Trial version only allows 1 app in the Blacklist at a time.

  • Gave it a whirl, couldn’t do anything. Just freezes on the catch a pokemon page, can’t push the button but all the animation works. And no, I’m not jailbroken. 6s Plus. Ah well, not really into pokemon anyway.

  • Zack Morris

    wow, this looks really dumb. Why can’t Nintendo port all their games to an ios app or better yet apple tv with a supported controller? This would be more exciting than this s#*t.

  • Moses

    They really can’t make things easy, can they? Why add the hassle of augmented reality stuff? Why not give a premium game?

    • Valinor

      You can disable the camera in settings. Then the augmented reality is gone.

  • Valinor

    Was finally fighting a rare pokemon (magmar) and the server crashed 🙁