Back in the late 90s-early 2000s, many kids were torn between what they wanted for their birthday. Maybe they were waiting for their letter to Hogwarts, maybe they were waiting to travel to a galaxy far, far away or maybe they were waiting for a Professor to give them a call so they could pick their partner to begin their journey into the wonderful world of Pokémon.
For almost twenty years, Pokémon has been strongly representing Nintendo through the various generations of Pokémon video games. Now, Nintendo has revealed their newest game in the franchise, but it won't be played on a Nintendo DS or a Wii U. Today, the Pokémon Company announced a brand new mobile game called Pokémon Go.
Pokémon Go allows Pokémon fans to almost live the dream, combining the world of Pokémon with the real world -- or as close as we can currently get.
Pokémon Go will be available for the iOS and Android for free to allow players to catch and find virtual Pokémon in real life locations, train their team and do battle in the real world from their smartphones.
Niantic Labs will be making the mobile game with input from Nintendo, and the Pokémon Company's Junichi Masuda, director of the Pokémon games, will also be contributing.
The Pokémon Company announced today in a statement:
[Masuda] is hard at work ensuring that the fun of Pokémon makes its way into this new project and is also looking to come up with new kinds of gameplay while thinking of ways to connect this project with the main series of Pokémon Video games.
Pokémon Go will be free to download and play with in-app purchases available. For players who might not want to be stuck looking at their phone all day in hopes to capture a Pokémon, Nintendo has a solution for that - Pokémon Go Plus.
The Pokémon Go Plus is Bluetooth compatible and will light up and vibrate when a player gets close to the location of a Pokémon in the real world.
The new twist on the world of Pokémon might not be quite what I imagined at age 4, but, either way, this allows the dream of many fans to try to be the very best, like no one ever was.
Pokémon Go will be available for Pokémon fans to download in 2016.