Pokmon GO Plus release date delayed to September 2016


Bad news for “Pokmon GO” enthusiasts as the wearable Pokmon GO Plus accessory has been delayed. It will have a September rollout instead of arriving later this month. Nintendo chalked up the delay to an app update that is not ready yet.

A spokesperson from Japanese company recently talked to Tech Radar to shed light on the unfortunate development.

“The delay is due to the preparations for the Pokmon Go application update in order to optimize Pokmon Go Plus,” the spokesperson explained. “In order for us to offer new experiences to play Pokmon GO with Pokmon GO Plus with a quality level high enough to satisfy as many people as possible, we decided that it is necessary to take enough time for the completion.”

The statement comes just after the official Nintendo of America Twitter account broke the news, posting, “The #PokemonGO Plus accessory will now be released Sept 2016 instead of the originally expected end of July launch.” This announcement also coincides with the company disclosing a net loss of $234 million for the first quarter of the financial year.

Investors have lauded Nintendo’s push into mobile gaming with the immense success of “Pokmon GO.” And it is only expected to rack in more sales once Pokmon GO Plus finally debuts in September, which can effectively amplify their profits in the next quarter.

Like the usual wearable device, the complementary gadget will be strapped on a player’s wrist, so that players will no longer have to always whip out their phones to check if a Pokmon is nearby or should they wish to catch one. It will cost $35 and is now available for pre-order.

The description of the device, as found on the official “Pokmon GO” website, reads,

“The Pokmon GO Plus is a small device that lets you enjoy Pokmon GO while you’re on the move and not looking at your smartphone. The device connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth low energy and notifies you about events in the game such as the appearance of a Pokmon nearby using an LED and vibration.”