BELLEVUE, Wash.—July 6, 2016—The Pokémon Company International and Niantic, Inc. are excited to announce today’s launch of the long-awaited mobile game Pokémon GO, which is now available for download at no cost on the App Store and Google Play. Pokémon GO is currently available in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, and will be coming soon to Canada, Europe and South America.

In Pokémon GO, players around the globe will explore their surroundings to find and catch wild Pokémon hiding in their midst. Some wild Pokémon appear in their native environments—for example, Water-type Pokémon may appear near lakes and oceans. Once players have encountered a Pokémon, they can catch it by using their smartphone’s touch screen to throw a Poké Ball. Poké Balls and other special items can be found at PokéStops located at interesting places, such as public art installations, historical markers and monuments.

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‘Pokémon GO’ goes to college: A week with the upcoming smartphone title

Photograph courtesy Jamie Moncrief/DePaul University

Hello! My name is Matthew, and I am the webmaster here at PidgiNet. The Pokémon Company International got in contact with me last week to grant beta access to Pokémon GO, and I gladly accepted. Due to time constraints beyond my control, I was unable to explore beyond a half mile radius, but there was more than enough to explore, as I was up at my college, DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

When I first got the app installed, I was at the DePaul University Student Center, which just so happened to be a PokéSpot. PokéSpots are different landmarks that you can visit every so often (more than once per day, not sure of the exact frequency), and you can get items from spinning the landmark’s image once you get close enough to it. Additionally, Pokémon tend to congregate more around PokéSpots! These show up on the map as little blue cubes, which turn into a blue Poké Ball symbol when you get nearby. If you’ve already visited that PokéSpot recently, it’ll turn purple – you’ll have to wait a while to visit them again. Continue reading

Pokémon’s 20th Celebration Rolls into Summer with Manaphy‏



Celebrate the start of summer and 20 years of Pokémon with the appearance of the Mythical Pokémon Manaphy!

Manaphy made its first appearance in Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, but Trainers needed to first obtain its Egg in the Nintendo DS game Pokémon Ranger. This extremely rare Mythical Pokémon is now available and easily obtainable for players of Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire via Nintendo Network. Get this Lv. 100 Manaphy through June 24, 2016 and visit to learn how to get it! Continue reading

Monopoly: Pokémon – Johto Edition to be released in the second half of 2016

Johto Monopoly

Johto Monopoly

In this special Pokémon Johto Edition of Monopoly, players will travel through all eight Gyms and battle Gym leader Pokémon. Trainer Battle and Professor Elm cards might reward you for Pokémon encounters, or bring an unexpected surprise as players join Pikachu and friends on an adventure through the Johto region.

2-6 players
Ages 8+


  • 6 Collectible Tokens: Pikachu, Totodile, Togepi, Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Pichu
  • 1 Custom Designed Game Board featuring the Johto Region
  • Assorted Houses are renamed Poke Marts, Hotels are renamed Pokemon Centers
  • Assorted Community Chest and Chance Cards renamed Trainer Battle and Professor Elm
  • Assorted Custom themed Monopoly money
  • Instructions

Releasing Q3 2016, MSRP $44.95

The Pokémon Company International reveals their first-ever Super Bowl commercial

The Pokémon Company International today unveiled a new TV commercial that will air during Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, February 7. The ad, shot in Rio de Janeiro, explores ambition, drive, and training, concepts that every Pokémon Trainer is familiar with. It celebrates the millions of Pokémon fans around the world who will enjoy identifying all of the hidden Pokémon references in the ad. It ends with a call to action for all those who strive to achieve their dreams: Train On. A 30-second version of the ad will be aired at the beginning of the third quarter of Super Bowl 50. An extended version can be viewed above. Continue reading

Official blurb revealed for Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection – Mew

Rare and mysterious, Mythical Pokémon arrive when they choose and disappear just as quickly! Step forward into a new level of play with the Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection – Mew! Contains: 1 Never-before-seen foil promo card featuring Mew 1 Mew collector’s pin 2 Special Pokémon TCG: Generations booster packs to expand your collection! 1 Code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

The box will retail for $12.99 and releases February 22, 2016.

Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction – Now Available as Digital Download and iBook‏

The Pokémon Company International is excited to announce that Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction is now available for digital download from iTunes and Amazon (MSRP: $14.99) and A Pokémon Super Story! Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, an interactive companion to the movie, is now available on iTunes for $4.99. The movie will be coming soon to Google Play. (no word on if/when it will be coming to Xbox Video or other video services) Continue reading