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Pokémon Go Plus delayed till September

Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know the world is Pokemon Go crazy but there's bad news: the Pokemon Go Plus wearable has been delayed.

Published onJuly 27, 2016

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be aware that Nintendo’s latest game, Pokémon Go, has taken the world by storm. The game uses augmented reality and lets users catch Pokémon on the go. While only recently released, the game has clocked over 25 million users in a single day, and over 20 million on average. It is easily the most popular app in the gaming world at the moment.

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With the announcement of the game, the game developer Niantic also promised a wearable, the Pokémon Go Plus. Shaped like a Pokéball, it is a small device that pairs with your Android or iOS device via Bluetooth. You can wear it on your wrist like a watch, or attach it to your shirt or bag via a clip.  The Pokémon Go Plus offers the following:

  • Alerts you via vibration and a flashing LED.
  • Alerts you when a Pokémon is nearby.
  • Alerts you when a PokéStop is nearby.
  • Press the Pokémon Go button to perform various actions, such as throw Poké Ball, or search PokéStops.

The simple device, which will cost only $34.99, was due to ship at the end of July. In fact, pre-orders were open on the Nintendo Store. However, the device has not been available for the last couple of weeks.

Sadly, Nintendo America have confirmed the rumours, and the device has now been delayed to September. The announcement was made by Nintendo America via the following tweet:

The #PokemonGO Plus accessory will now be released Sept 2016 instead of the originally expected end of July launch.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 27, 2016

Understandably, there was a lot of hype around the device. Users on eBay had already started to bid the devices well above $200, despite not a single person actually having one in hand. While the device is not necessary to play the game, it saves you from having to constantly keep looking at your phone as you walk. There is promise that as the device and the game evolves, it will allow users to trade, battle and perform multiplayer cooperative play.

Will you be getting a Pokémon Go Plus? Are you addicted to the Pokémon Go game, or don’t care much for the hype? Let us know in the comments below!

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