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J.C. Smith, The Pokemon Company’s senior director of consumer marketing, says that the aim of Pokemon GO isn’t to recreate the experience that we’re used to seeing with the main games.

Speaking with Polygon, Smith said:

“We’re not trying to recreate the video game experience. What we wanted to do with the mobile game from both sides — from Niantic as well as Pokémon — was, we wanted to make a new experience that was native to mobile.”

Niantic CEO John Hanke also spoke about what the team is setting out to achieve with Pokemon GO. Hanke highlighted the importance of accessibility for both newcomers and Pokemon fans.

He said:

“We’re trying to make the game accessible to a person who doesn’t yet know how much they want to commit to the game, who just wants to explore. That includes not just the Pokémon newbie, but those on the opposite side — a diehard who’s played all of the RPGs but isn’t sure if an augmented reality game that requires them to get up off the couch is really their speed. At the same time, we think that there’s an opportunity to build depth. There’s an emergent complexity that doesn’t hit you over the head at first blush, [from] trying to power up your Pokémon and evolve and ultimately start competing for gyms.”

Update: Another new feature will be Star Accounts – these are “notable” Miis that will visit you and allow you to hear (and star) their answers. These will presumably be Nintendo developers, celebrities and the like. However, this feature will only be available if your phone’s location is set to Japan. It is not known at the moment if this feature will be added to other regions as well at a later point.


This coming week, Miitomo should have a new update. Nintendo provided a preview about what it has in store today.

Users can look forward to the following:

– Share recent news at any time when you talk with your own Mii character
– Tap links in answers and comments to open them in a browser
– The cap on popularity level and style level will be raised to 30
– More options for sharing or sending invitations
– Mexico, Switzerland, and South Africa will be available as country setting options
– Additional optimizations and bug fixes are also planned

Miitomo will be distributed in Mexico, Switzerland, and South Africa starting on June 30. Expect the update to drop around then.

Aside from the update news, new items are out now in Miitomo. Here’s the full lineup:

– Nautical bucket hat
– Polo shirt w/ emblem
– Denim shorts
– Ribbed lace knee-highs
– Leather crisscross sandals
– Shooting star pin
– Cow hood
– Cow suit


16 minutes of Pokemon GO footage

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As more and more people get their hands on the Pokemon GO beta, new footage continues to surface. Get a look at another 16 minutes of footage below.

Thanks to Jake for the tip.

The Pokemon GO field test will be coming to a close next week. Today, Niantic announced that service will end on June 30 in the United States and Japan (probably Australia as well). The app will no longer function after this date.

For those that are interested, Niantic also shared the top five captured Pokemon. The lineup is: Rattata, Pidgey, Meowth, Gastly, and Abra.

Update 2 (6/24): Bumped to the top. Miitomo lands in South Africa on May 30, too.

Update: Now confirmed that Mexico will have Miitomo on the same day.

Original (6/23): Miitomo isn’t out worldwide, but the app is starting to reach new countries. In Switzerland, Nintendo has announced that the download will be made available starting on June 30. We’ll have to wait and see if/when other territories will gain access to Miitomo.


Miitomo has been updated with new content once again. Players can nab some new fast-food-based items through the latest Miitomo Drop stages, including hamburger and soft-drink outfits.

Here’s the full lineup:

– Hamburger hat (set)
– Hamburger suit (set)
– Soft-drink straw (set)
– Soft-drink cup (set)
– French fries hood
– French fries suit
– Fast-food crew hat (set)
– Fast-food crew uniform (set)
– French fry pin
– Pizza bikini bottom (set)
– Pizza bikini top (set)
– Pizza tee
– Hot Dog pants

Aside from the latest Miitomo Drop additions, there’s also a new Everybody Answers question. The featured question is: “What new skill would you most like to have?” The event runs until July 1 at 4:59 PM PT / 7:59 PM ET. If you answer the question while it’s active, you’ll be provided with Miitomo Platinum Points on My Nintendo.

Pokémon Shuffle has gotten its usual weekly update for both mobile and 3DS. Most importantly is a brand new Safari event, which will run until July 5th and gives players the chance to catch Shellder, Cloyster, Pidove, Tranquill and Unfezant, plus a chance for special Shiny versions of Magikarp and Gyarados.

There’s another chance to get Gyrados, though, as both a stage for it and Landorus Therian Forme are getting repeat runs until July 5th. Furthermore, a Tornadus Incarnate Forme stage has begun a repeat run, which gets easier with every attempt (but can only be played once a day, and only until June 28th).

The Gyrados love isn’t set to stop, though, as next week is set to bring a competition for Mega-Gyrados. Best get to catching both it and something super-effective for the challenge next week…


Update (6/20): Bumped to the top. Now up for pre-order on GameStop.

Update 4: Sold out again.

Update 3 (6/16): Back up on Amazon again.

Update 2: Sold out.

Update: Bumped to the top. This sold out for a period on Amazon, but is now back up.

Original (6/15): Amazon is now taking pre-orders for the Pokemon GO Plus accessory for Pokemon GO. Place an order here.

Miitomo has received a couple of new updates. New items are out now in Miitomo Shop, and there is an additional theme in Miitomo Drop.

First, here’s the lineup of new items:

– Ribbon wire hairband
– Overalls + dress shirt
– Mid-length skirt
– Ribbed short socks
– Paisley slip-ons
– Mirrorless camera
– Present bow
– Present box

“Dinosaurs! Prehistoric Posh” stages have been added to Miitomo Drop. They’ll provide you with the following:

– Tyrannosaur hood (set)
– Tyrannosaurus suit (set)
– Stegosaurus plates
– Archaeopteryx necklace
– T. rex skull
– T. rex tailbones
– Pteranodon pal
– Triceratops hat
– Dinosaur mesh cap
– Big dinosaur tee
– Dino-clawed pants

TechCrunch is among the outlets to have interviewed an executive from Nintendo. The publication caught up with Charlie Scibetta, Nintendo of America’s senior director of corporate communications this past week.

TechCrunch started out by asking about how Nintendo approaches E3. Regarding that, Scibetta explained:

“We announced about a month ago that it would be a Zelda only game for us. And we also announced that Treehouse Live would be the primary way that we communicated with the public. here’s always speculation at a show like E3, but for us, we stayed true to what we intended to do.”

“Every year we look at it fresh and don’t think about what we did the year before. It’s about what we want to talk about this year and how we want to get the word out. For future years, it could be an execution like we did this time, we could go back to a presentation, we could do more Treehouse Live, we could go to a digital event, we could do something new.“

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