'Pokemon GO' release date on iOS and Android to fall some time in 2016; Pokemon GO Plus to enhance gaming experience

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Fans of Nintendo and The Pokemon Company’s “Pokemon” around the world should celebrate as the game giants will release “Pokemon GO,” the first ever app in the franchise to be released on smart devices, in 2016.

According to the official website for the soon-to-be-released game, “Pokemon GO” will let players catch and discover Pokemon in the real world. The game will use “real location information to encourage players to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokemon.”

In the teaser uploaded on YouTube, gamers are using their mobile phones to track and catch different kinds of Pokemon. They can also trade and battle against other “trainers” to level their monsters. Basically, the premise of “Pokemon GO” is the same as the previous titles although this time, players really have to go out there to catch their Pokemon.

Aside from the downloadable app, a small device called Pokemon GO Plus can also be used to unlock more actions that can affect the game. Manufactured and developed by Nintendo, the device will let players play the game even when they are not looking at their handsets. Connecting via Bluetooth, Pokemon GO Plus will send notifications to players about in-game events through vibration and LED. What’s more, catching Pokemon and doing other actions can be accomplished just by pressing the device’s button.

It is important to note that the game can still be played without purchasing and using the device. However, for those who really want to role play as Pokemon trainers, the Pokemon GO Plus is an essential tool.

During the “Pokemon GO” announcement in Japan, Tsunekazu Ishihara, President and CEO of The Pokmon Company said the project is being developed by their company, Niantic Inc., and Nintendo.

“It has always been our goal for player actions, such as searching for or trading Pokmon, to promote socialization across both the virtual world and the real world, in order to further enrich both,” he added.