Pokémon Go Release in 2016: Mid-July Update

We’re more than mid-way through 2016 and still waiting to hear more about the most exciting mobile game launch this year: Nintendo and Niantic’s Pokemon GO release. Luckily, fresh news has just arrived for eager fans.

Pokémon GO borrows some of the basic mechanics of Niantic’s previous game. Location information provided by smartphones will let iPhone and Android users roam around in the real world, trying to capture the tiny creatures. The game also borrows mechanics from other games in the Pokémon series, including creature types that are specific to certain regions and the ability to trade and battle with friends.

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Read: The Pokémon Go Release: What We’re Hoping to Hear Next

The Pokemon GO release arrived in a few major countries earlier this month. Now, the game is starting to rollout to other countries with the iTunes and Android app stores available.

The Pokémon GO Release is This Year for Everyone

By all accounts, Pokémon GO is coming to everyone this year, Nintendo and Niantic have confirmed this again recently. A 2016 release seems to have always been the plan, even though the game was first announced last year.

The good news is that after months of testing and teasing some users can play Pokemon GO now. Niantic quietly launched Pokemon GO in some territories on July 6th. Gamers in the United States, Australia and New Zealand should be able to download the title directly from the iTunes Store and Google Play Store without issue.

The slow roll out of the game matches with what Niantic and Nintendo said publicly about the title’s release months ago.

Countries with Pokemon GO Available as of Mid-July 
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

If the game isn’t available in your area, chances are that it will be soon, Niantic resumed rolling out the game after server issues forced gamers out of it and ruined the overall experience for its U.S. and Australian launch. Launches have started again, but a bit more slowly.

Plans for what platforms the game will show up on haven’t changed either. Everyone one of the traditional role-playing game versions of Pokémon have only been available on Nintendo’s platforms, the Game Boy Color, Nintendo DS and so on. Pokémon GO is huge in that it brings the famed franchise off of Nintendo’s platforms and to millions more fans who Nintendo probably wouldn’t be able to reach otherwise.

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Officially Pokémon GO is on only the world’s two most dominant mobile platforms: Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android operating system. Microsoft’s Windows operating system won’t get a version; at least, a version for the platform hasn’t been announced.

Read: Fresh Pokémon Go Release Details Disappoint.

Pokémon GO Is Free

Another thing that hasn’t changed is Niantic’s approach to getting the game in user’s hands. Pokémon GO is the first game in the franchise to dump a cover charge. That being said, it doesn’t come without opportunities to spend money.

Read: How to Get Pokemon GO Coins

The game has in-app purchases. This means that users can spend money on items and upgrades for their character. A special digital store lets users unlock inventory slots and extra goodies to improve their experience. Items range from around $.99 to $99.

You’ll Want Pokémon GO Plus for the Best Experience

Another purchase that users will want to consider besides in-game items is the Pokémon GO Plus. Announced along with the game itself, the Pokémon GO Plus accessory is an easy way to integrate the game experience into real-life.

Pokemon Go and Pokemon Go Plus / The Verge
Pokemon Go and Pokemon Go Plus / The Verge

The device goes on the wrist or on a belt. Using Bluetooth technology, it acts as an alert system so that players don’t have to walk around with their smartphones in their hand, not paying attention to their surroundings. Lights and vibration motors inside handle the alerts.

A singular button on the Pokémon GO Plus allows users to perform what Nintendo described as “simple functions” in its Pokémon GO reveal last year. For example, users can capture a Pokémon that they encounter just by pressing this button.

Pokemon GO Plus pre-orders recently arrived at Amazon and other retailers. The tiny accessory costs $34.99. Despite opening pre-orders, Nintendo has yet to confirm when the GO Plus will launch.

Read: Pokemon GO Plus Pre-Order Detailspokemon go plus

For sure, it’s a very exciting time to be a lover of Pokémon. We’ll update you when there’s more news on the Pokémon Go release to share.

12 Pokémon Go Facts & Features From Testers & Players

PokeStops & Gym Locations

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PokeStops & Gym Locations

A recent question and answer session on the Silph Road confirms that Pokémon Go currently uses 30% to 50% of portals that were present in Niantic’s last game, Ingress. Pokémon Go maps these over real-world landmarks that players have to walk to.

PokeStops and Gyms are real-world locations that players go to pick up items and battle the creatures left behind by other trainers. Police departments are already warning players of the game to stay away from their stations, according to VG247.

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19 Comments

  1. Notafanboy

    03/11/2016 at 12:54 pm

    Wtf? This is no news at all.. This is the same article done to death in various sites. I dunno why you had to take the time to write this up. Just so you can have pokemon fans clicking on your site.. Not cool..

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    • EnityInABox

      03/11/2016 at 1:12 pm

      XD I’ve read this stuff everywhere as well :/ I was hopin for a better guess for the release date. Or maybe even the precise month… *sigh*

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  2. Fry

    03/11/2016 at 1:17 pm

    Why r people doing these same articales 50 times omg no news none whatssoever if u write about past things that happend a week ago a year avo its not really news just follow niantic blogs if anything

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    • Retard Alert

      03/14/2016 at 10:41 am

      This post gave me cancer

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  3. legostarwars2003

    03/11/2016 at 3:57 pm

    this is so cool. will they have a minecraft kind to or call of duty. those will be fun cause you can build in real life and use fake guns to fight your frends.

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    • realisthere

      03/11/2016 at 9:37 pm

      You sir are stupid this is about Pokemon and they have already done vr shooters (nerf specifically) and the thing that tells me you have down syndrome is Minecraft. WHO COULD BUILD A FACKING HOUSE AND SLEEP IF THEY CANT KEEP OTHER PEOPLE OUT. And you can’t climb up your creation so no floor you’d have an easier time preparing your self to brace for a nuclear missile to land inside you than that

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    • Indian0lore

      03/14/2016 at 3:43 pm

      Look into father.io you have to buy an add-on for your phone. But looks like an interesting fps mobile game.

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  5. Ace

    03/11/2016 at 7:28 pm

    What pokemon are there gonna be? Like what news is this? Are they’re gonna be different pokemone from different countries or regions?

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  6. Chipz

    03/11/2016 at 10:58 pm

    I starting to think this game is going to be a hoax come April 1st

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    • Chris Barlow

      03/12/2016 at 12:33 am

      I wonder… And I hope not!

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    • Matthew Wells

      03/12/2016 at 6:52 am

      It actually was, a couple years ago, but so many people wanted it that they decided to make it a real thing.

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  7. Dylan Cunha

    03/14/2016 at 12:04 am

    I have read nearly the exact same article 16 times from 6 months ago to today

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  8. Azh

    03/14/2016 at 3:34 pm

    I saw a lot of comments downing this page. I personally had not heard anything about this game until today and this being the 3rd article I found, it was the cleanest and most insightful. Can’t wait to see how this game turns out. ;)

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  9. kazekami

    04/12/2016 at 2:45 pm

    Seriously this is old news it’s already in Australia and new Zealand and the real details is that you can’t battle with wild Pokemon you collect pokeballs and other items at pokestops you need evolution shards and you only have 2 moves per Pokemon the pokedex works with gen 1 so only 151

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  10. kazekami

    04/12/2016 at 2:56 pm

    They changed the game of Pokemon and I am not completely happy with the change why take a great thing and wreck it this my change in the full release but as for the beta so far not completely happy I have waited for this since 1998 when I got my first cartridge I just hope they don’t change everything we love about it all though niantic is a good company and I love ingress I don’t think they understand Pokemon my be if they played it they would have it differently I am still hopeful for the release but worried about the changes

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  12. Courtney Reid Graham

    06/20/2016 at 7:45 pm

    Pokemon GO Plus Apk Device is now available but it is out of stock on Amazon, so I search on Google for Pokemon Go Plus Apk Device hopefully I got 1
    Contents: 1x Pokemon GO Plus,1x Wristband 4-7cm in Diameter made of Polyester,1x Lithium coin cell battery & a Mystery Gift..

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    • Professor Willow

      07/23/2016 at 11:18 pm

      Courtney clearly works for the company trying to scam people. Don’t get tricked into buying Pokemon Go Plus from a fraudulent website that ends in xyz. It has http instead of https at the start which means it’s unsecure and your payment details are open to theft. They are clearly not an authorised seller. They might be able to steal your information and i doubt they’ll send the product. Numerous things are wrong with the website. Contact your bank or open a paypal dispute if you have already ‘pre-ordered’. Clear your cache, cookies and change all your important passwords for security.

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