Nintendo's hugely successful 'Pokemon Go' expected to launch soon in Europe, Japan

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in iPhone edited July 2016
The first mobile Pok?mon title for iOS and Android has proven to be a wild success, helping to boost shares of Nintendo stock after a pervasive slide, with the game on track to expand to Europe, Japan and more in the coming days.




Pok?mon Go, developed as a joint effort between Niantic and Nintendo, first launched on iPhone last week, and has remained atop the App Store charts since. While it's only available in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand at the moment, the mobile Pok?mon title is expected to launch in Europe, Japan and other countries in Asia "within a few days," according to The Wall Street Journal.
It's estimated that Pok?mon Go is bringing in between $3.9 million and $4.8 million per day based on in-app sales.
The free-to-play game allows players to capture and train virtual Pok?mon who appear throughout the real world. Following a successful capture, the user is rewarded with not only the virtual creature, but one of two types of in-game currency needed for progression, which are also available as in-app purchases.

Overwhelming demand for the title prompted Niantic and Nintendo to announce last week that the planned launch in Europe was "paused," as the companies work to address server problems.

Shares of Nintendo climbed 8 percent last week, adding $7.5 billion in value, as investors are encouraged by the success of the Japanese game maker's expansion onto smartphones. So far, it's estimated that Pok?mon Go is bringing in between $3.9 million and $4.8 million per day based on in-app sales, according to CNBC.

Wireless companies may be seeing an impact from the game as well, as Pok?mon Go data usage ranges from 2 to 8 megabytes an hour. AppleInsider has learned that Washington DC-area AT&T cell towers has seen a noticeable increase, with 8.2 percent more data transmitted daily to mobile users since the game's launch last week.

Developer Niantic was an internal startup at Google. The development house is also responsible for augmented reality title Ingress, and was spun off from Google in October 2015 during the Alphabet restructuring.

Users getting hurt and robbed, while some businesses cash in




While the game is encouraging users to get outside, and outside their comfort zones, there are some downsides as well. The "beacon" feature in the app was used in O'Fallon, Missouri to lure users to a location. Upon arrival, they were greeted by four of armed teens, and robbed. The quartet was arrested, and were responsible for 11 thefts using the strategy.

Public safety officials are also warning users to be mindful of their surroundings. There have been many reports of injuries from distraction by the title, leading to accidental injury. While there has not been any widespread reports of distracted driving accidents being directly caused by the app, the potential clearly exists.

Real-world locations have no control over how their location is being used by the app, which has led some businesses to use the game to entice customers to visit. Northwestern State is using the fact that the university has "plenty of Gyms and Pokestops" on campus to entice users to tour their campus.

Twitter and social media posts are abound with offers of discounts and other promotions. One Dairy Queen location gained attention after it posted a sign saying Pok?mon found on its premises were for paying customers only.

Using crowdsourced data from "Ingress," many of the landmarks featured in Pok?mon Go are misidentified. For example, Twitter user Boon Sheridan lives in a converted church in Holyoke, Mass., and said have been people driving up to his house and sitting outside in their car to play the game.

Niantic allows for people to report a location if there is an "immediate physical danger" only. At this time, it is not allowing database removals for other reasons.

Future expansions, improvements are planned




The app itself does not allow for trading between users, or users fighting the Pok?mon directly, both staples of the game franchise. Additionally, Bluetooth low energy peripheral is coming soon, called the Pok?mon Go Plus.

The wearable button will allow for use of the game without having to continuously focus on a phone. It is expected to ship on July 31, with pre-orders underway.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 15
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,142member
    Nintendo shares are now up 25% since a week ago. Insane. I don't think anyone predicted this game would be so massively successful.
    pscooter63
  • Reply 2 of 15
    Interesting that some of the details of this app weren't really worked out ahead of time so gamers and "property owners" aren't put in "jeopardy" or otherwise awkward positions. My room mate found a water Pokemon I our bathroom. I wasn't sure if that was kinda cool because somehow the game identified water in that location or kind of creepy for the same reason. Hopefully my bathroom doesn't become a Pokemon trap zone. /jk Pretty neat concept even if the execution was kind of lacking. 
    edited July 2016 cali
  • Reply 3 of 15
    hexclockhexclock Posts: 568member
    I see enough people walking out into traffic with eyes glued to a phone. Do we need more of that? Neat concept for sure, but it's awkward to run into a tree or onto private property to catch a virtual animal. 
  • Reply 4 of 15
    tzeshantzeshan Posts: 1,965member
    How is the performance of this game on iPhone compared to Android phones.  I have read that iPhones are better at playing games.  
  • Reply 5 of 15
    irnchrizirnchriz Posts: 1,588member
    hexclock said:
    I see enough people walking out into traffic with eyes glued to a phone. Do we need more of that? Neat concept for sure, but it's awkward to run into a tree or onto private property to catch a virtual animal. 
    The darwin effect in full swing.  The population could do with thinning out.
    napoleon_phoneapart
  • Reply 6 of 15
    boltsfan17boltsfan17 Posts: 2,160member
    tzeshan said:
    How is the performance of this game on iPhone compared to Android phones.  I have read that iPhones are better at playing games.  
    It works great on the iPhone. The biggest issue though this game drains your battery really fast both on Android and iOS. 
  • Reply 7 of 15
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,650member
    I'm not going to bother to play any Pokemon, since I'm not 5 years old, but hopefully this massive success is a clue for Nintendo, and it leads to them releasing more content on iOS, like their flagship, classic games! :#
    pscooter63
  • Reply 8 of 15
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 4,567administrator
    Boltsfan17, Niantic says that they're aware of the battery drain issues, and are working on the problem.
  • Reply 9 of 15
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,650member
    irnchriz said:
    The darwin effect in full swing.  The population could do with thinning out.
    Definitely.

    I am tired of these mindless zombies walking down the street, with their dumb heads buried in their phones. They do not even look up, and they have no idea what's happening around them, and if they are heading towards me, I will not yield, and I'll continue walking straight, and if they bump into me, then I will be ready for the impact, while they are not. :#

    Some of them will probably get hit by a bus soon, and good riddance to them.
  • Reply 10 of 15
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    Nintendo the greatest game developer in the world run by monkeys.

    This game has been needed for their DS line, the first mobile touch device. They had an App Store long ago and they lagged like a turtle.

    That Pokemon gadget is fucking hideous. Smh.

    Apple please purchase this company and fire the monkeys.
  • Reply 11 of 15
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 4,567administrator
    Boltsfan17, Niantic says that they're aware of the battery drain issues, and are working on the problem.
    With all the data and sensors this game uses, I do not know how battery drain issues can be prevented or mitigated.
    Nor I, really, but they say that they can. Downloading Google Maps on Wi-Fi before you leave the house helps some, apparently, at the cost of device storage.
  • Reply 12 of 15
    I have no interest in this game, but Ars claims it gets full access to contacts without asking. Hope this isn't true. The fandroids would have a field day.

    http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/07/pokemon-go-on-ios-gets-full-access-to-your-google-account/
  • Reply 13 of 15
    jaaycojaayco Posts: 46member
    tzeshan said:
    How is the performance of this game on iPhone compared to Android phones.  I have read that iPhones are better at playing games.  
    I have used on both an iPhone 6 Plus and a Nexus 5X. The iPhone, though almost 2 years old, performs significantly better than the Nexus I bought a month ago. Stuttering and freezing on the Nexus are much more common. Overall, though, both are useable. My daughter has become highly skilled at killing and restarting the app on the Nexus. Oh, and the battery on the Nexus is truly atrocious. 
    lolliverraz0rpscooter63
  • Reply 14 of 15
    lolliverlolliver Posts: 320member
    I have no interest in this game, but Ars claims it gets full access to contacts without asking. Hope this isn't true. The fandroids would have a field day.

    http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/07/pokemon-go-on-ios-gets-full-access-to-your-google-account/
    Based on that article it's getting access to your Google contacts via the web interface. So it's not an iOS permissions issue. 
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