Gotta Catch 'Em All On Your Phone: Pokemon Go is Coming to iOS, Android and the Outside World

By James O Malley on at

In what is perhaps the most obviously brilliant idea since selling loaves of bread pre-sliced, Nintendo has announced a new partnership with the developers of Google's Ingress augmented-reality game to create a new Pokemon title.

Our pals at Kotaku report that Pokemon Go will see the monsters brought to augmented reality - with the adventure taking place in the real world. Presumably this will mean having to roam around town to capture certain creatures, just as developer Niantic had players running about for Ingress. (If the game is completely evil, perhaps it will limit you to 500 steps to find a particular Pokemon, just like in the Safari Zone?)

If the trailer is anything to go by, it appears that the game will at least initially be sticking to the original 151 Pokemon, presumably to cash-in on the nostalgia factor of 90s kids growing up into smartphone-owning professionals. In the trailer we can see the likes of Charizard, Blastoise, Arbok, Meowth, Cubone, Gyarados... and Pikachu, of course.

Like in the Game Boy titles players will also be able to battle and trade with each other.

The company will also be releasing a Pokeball bluetooth wristband that will glow when you're in an area where you can catch a new monster - though hopefully this won't be compulsory for the game, otherwise it could make high-powered business meetings pretty awkward.

Similarly though augmented reality, complaining that you're late for work because a Snorlax was blocking your path probably won't wash with your boss.

The game will be released for both iOS and Android in 2016. [Kotaku]