Pokémon GO has been a runaway success for Nintendo, The Pokémon Company and developer Niantic - so much of a success in fact that the global rollout for the app was paused last week so that more resources could be put towards making it stable and improving server performance.
Niantic CEO John Hanke stated that the hold would remain in place until the company was "comfortable", and it would seem that day is fast approaching. According to the Wall Street Journal, the app will "likely be available in other regions, including Europe, Japan and other Asian nations within a few days". The information apparently comes from "people familiar with plans for the game".
Pokémon GO is currently available in Australia, New Zealand and the US. A Japanese launch took place but the app has been taken offline in that region while server issues are dealt with.
The fact that the Wall Street Journal's report says "days" rather than "weeks" is encouraging - from a UK perspective, the framework is in place already, with users who followed our guide to get the game early stating that in-app purchases are all listed in Pounds Sterling. Clearly it's just a matter of Niantic being confident the servers can cope with the increased demand rather than anything involving the content of the game itself.
Speaking of content, many eagle-eyed users have pointed out that the trading aspect of the game - which was teased during the trailer a while ago - isn't active yet.
Speaking to Business Insider, Niantic CEO Hanke stated that trading is "kind of a core element" in the game, but didn't explain if it would be location-based or would require players to physically meet up and perform the trade - the latter scenario is what was portrayed in the aforementioned trailer.
Tantalisingly, Hanke added that the game's current locations - PokéStops and Gyms - are the "most basic versions" we'll see in the game, which hints at forthcoming improvements which will allow players to "customize their functions in other ways". It would seem that Niantic has big plans for the game, which bodes well for the future.
[source eurogamer.net, via eurogamer.net]
Enough with the Pokemon stories already.
Hmmm... no word on South America?
@SLIGEACH_EIRE This is a Nintendo website. Pokemon Go is the most popular new Nintendo game in years.
What exactly do you expect?
Ah, trading...that should be interesting. I wonder if a GTS like feature will be added in the future as well?
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Why should they ignore Pokemon news? Because one salty individual doesn't like it?
If you don't like Pokemon articles, then don't click on them. It's really very simple.
I hope it comes to Brazil
No mention of Canada...
exactly. what about us
Pokemon Go earned more money for Nintendo in a few days than the Wii U in the last few years. Just look at Nintendo's share. Forbes Mag says it will make $2 billion this year for Nintendo.
@PotatoTheGreat We all do. But I was hoping Niantic would be a little more invested in bringing it here ASAP because of the Olympics. I mean, there WILL be tons of outsiders looking for exotic Pokemon when visiting
official Canadian release when
I don't know about others, but to me this Pokemon Go has that 'X-factor' like Nintendog on DS or the Wii Tennis game. It is a game changer, something that makes game fun again and it appeals to all ages and gender.
I am glad the whole world is into this game, it helps improve Nintendo's image and creates brand awareness that Nintendo is all about fun and unique gameplay. Hopefully, it will generate excitement for NX when it's launched.
@Drezus We will be looking for Zikamon in Brazil Or maybe Zikachu
@Nintendian While I do think Go will make Ntineod some money, I'm not sure how much Nintneod themselves will actually make. 10% of something would have to be a really big amount.
Maybe they should take some of the stability that they get for Wii U and 3DS. That should be enough for the half of the universe.
I'm surprised by how many people in the UK are playing it before the official release. I know it's not exactly hard to get, but you'd need to at least do some googling for instructions.
I'm kinda sad I never got into Pokemon. I did play a GBA one, it was Sapphire I think, but I never got hooked.
@joealejos It's never too late to give Pokemon another go.
The question is not if these updates will roll out, but when...If it takes a whole year before the next major update, that would be very bad. I'm expecting every 2 months, although it will probably end up being 3 or 4. We'll see.
Of course the rest of the world is priority...the servers seem stable enough now, so I'm hoping it's soon.
@KodyDawg I hope you have enough common sense to realize that nobody is forcing you to read my comments. You can very easily ignore them and move on instead of being a Negative Nancy and bringing a wave of depression upon anyone who chooses to read your reply.
@KodyDawg @SLIGEACH_EIRE Let's not start a fight now
@SLIGEACH_EIRE I'd continue the "I hope you have enough common sense" chain, but you've proven that you don't have any.
I see the headline that gives an overview of the article and gives me the opportunity to skip it. Where's the headline that says "the first comment is someone pointlessly whining" that lets me know ahead of time to not read it?
@Madmanonfire Ah sure God love you. It must have killed you to read 6 words.
@KodyDawg You don't like my comment. Tough! Ignore it and move on. We don't all like Pokemon. And we aren't restricted to just making positive comments about it.
People think this is great news but it could mark a significant change in how Nintendo operates. Investors don't care how profits are made. They don't have any sentimentality towards our conventional way of gaming.
Any news for the south american release?
Im certain it will be released today or tomorrow *crosses fingers.
I hope local PvP becomes available eventually too. I like the Gym battles a lot, but I'd also like to just come across someone and declare a pokemon match!
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Expressing a different opinion is a nice thing, sounding miserable though through your critisism is not a nice thing.
@rjejr Might want to check your spelling on Nintendo there. Unless this is a joke that I just don't get.
Please please please bring it out for the Caribbean, I'm dying to play it
@NinjaAceTrainer No joke, just bad typing. Well for a lot of people on here I think it may have become a running joke, I think if I ever started typing it correctly people would doubt my avatar's authenticity. No, I don't know why I can type authenticity correctly but not Nintendo.
@rjejr Indeed. I had begun to assume that you just always misspell their name intentionally as some sort of inside joke. Your grammar/spelling with everything else always seems pretty decent, so that was the logical conclusion I had come to.
I'm glad that trading is coming soon and we won't wait for too long for that happen.
Yes please! I can't wait for Niantic to achieve everything they showed in the trailer. By the way, NZ's servers down again this morning!
This game is an epidemic. Almost everyone I know seems to be playing this game. Seriously it is addicting.
So hyped for Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem on mobile now!
I'm betting this will hit the UK in Thursday. Backup power supply in order in anticipation.
@rjejr its past 31 Billon in net worth...
@HSuzumiyaVI The Ninteod company total stock price? That's nice, but it's not all Go driven, and you never know when the bottom will fall out, or how much it will actually contribute to Nintendo revenue or profit. I'm more interested in what happens after they announce NX. Home console? Handheld? Hybrid? 2 separate consoles? A tablet? I think abut a week after that unveil we'll see where the dust settles.
Stock price might also be going up b/c of the $500 million Nintendo theme park addition Universal is opening in time for the 2020 Olympics.
@rjejr what about the Mini nes, (yes, I preordered it, I'm shocked that it has gotten into Australia...?)
that said, the preorder collectors editions have gone live. so I transferred.
@HSuzumiyaVI I can't do "Mini NES" b/c whenever my brain here's "Mini" it think's "Cooper" is the next word. I don't think Ntinedo is going to get into the automobile business. Maybe trucks.
@rjejr I love that pic, and it seems that Nintendo could do that for the NX...
@HSuzumiyaVI Nintneod could do w/ a few trucks, hook up a few Wii U for SSB and MK8, and a few 3DS for the same. My kids have been to a few parties that have had game trucks and all the kids wind up playing is FPS, parents would probably be thrilled for a truck that didn't have FPS. Well except Splatoon of course. Spaltoon could have it's own 8 player truck if they could get 8 Wii U on a LAN. 8 kids in a truck playing Spaltoon, how could that NOT be fun?
@rjejr that seems to be the direction Nintendo wants to go to, what made Nintendo fun that seems to have been missing amidst the wii brand strategy.
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