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Niantic has currently stopped accepting requests for new gyms and PokéStops in Pokémon GO. Furthermore, there is now a form with which people can request gyms and stops to be removed from the game. That can be accessed here. This will hopefully improve the game by removing these from inappropriate, unsafe, or private places.

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Pokemon GO live in Japan

Posted on 1 year ago by (@NE_Brian) in Mobile, News | 10 Comments | 0 Likes

Update: Download links are here: iOS and Android


The wait for Pokemon GO in Japan is finally over, for the most part. We’re hearing that the game’s servers are now live throughout the country. There don’t appear to be download links yet, but those who nabbed the game through the likes of APK files have already started to play.

Pokemon GO data miners are up to their usual tricks, and have uncovered some previously-unknown information about the game by peering through its files. The latest information concerns the level cap, tidbits about currently uncatchable Pokemon, and more.

Here’s the rundown from Pokemon Fortress:

Although Pokemon GO has only been available for a few weeks, someone has already managed to capture all of the available creatures. Reddit user ftb_hodor accomplished the feat after walking 153.2km.

ftb_hodor’s Pokedex is at 142. Five cannot be obtained just yet, and three appear to be region-locked. These Pokemon in question include Farfetch’d, Mr. Mime, Kangaskhan (exclusive to Asia, Europe and Australia respectively) the three legendary birds, Ditto and Mewtwo.

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Pokemon GO may have gotten a (small) update today, but it didn’t fix one of the game’s biggest problems. Many users are unable to connect to the app currently. And when that happens, Pokemon GO is basically dead – there’s not much you can do when you can’t connect to the servers.

All that can be done is to wait for Niantic to improve the situation. Japan is supposed to be getting Pokemon GO soon, so that may add to the server load. Once things settle down, hopefully Niantic can turn its attention to the servers.

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Niantic has said that they would be updating Pokemon GO regularly, and so far they’ve hold true to their promise. A new update for the game is available. Players can download version 1.0.3 / 0.29.3 as of now.

Admittedly, the update doesn’t do a whole lot. The official patch notes say that minor text fixes have been implemented.

We’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about a partnership between Pokemon GO and McDonald’s Japan as of late. Today, it was finally made official.

McDonald’s has announced that they’re collaborating with Pokemon GO, but there’s no news as to when exactly it’s coming. The game’s severs are being prepared so that there are no errors. Also, it was clarified that the news reported by media previously did not come from them.

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It’s now July 20 in Japan. Today was supposed to be the day when Pokemon GO launched in the country, based on reports which surfaced several hours ago. However, those plans have apparently been delayed.

Internal communication from McDonald’s Japan concerning Pokemon GO’s arrival leaked hours ago and quickly spread online. Once it went viral, the app’s release was supposedly moved from the morning to early afternoon. The parties involved eventually decided to cancel today’s launch as a whole, TechCrunch writes. The site says there were “concerns that the hype generated would overload the game.”

So when will Pokemon GO come to Japan? News outlet Nikkei says it’ll happen on Friday. Meanwhile, TechCrunch adds that the launch is “imminent”.

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Sensor Tower has provided a new round of data about Pokemon GO. The app’s strong presence thus far is once again highlighted.

According to Sensor Tower’s data, Pokemon GO has now been downloaded over 30 million times worldwide across iOS and Android. In doing so, it’s earned more than $35 million in net revenue. The game also sees “more daily average usage than the world’s most established apps in the process.”

Sensor Tower also indicates that Pokemon GO is the fastest mobile game to reach 10 million downloads worldwide, having done so in just a week. It beat out Supercell’s Clash Royale by two days and Candy Crush Jelly Saga, which did so in twelve days. Additional comparisons are above.

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Niantic has been steadily releasing Pokemon GO in various countries over the last couple of days – by now, the game is available in most European and North American countries. One major market where it’s still not available however is Japan. Niantic has previously stated that they’re targeting “the end of July” for the game’s Japanese launch since additional server capacities were needed to facilitate the Japanese player base.

However, it seems like Japanese players won’t have to wait much longer. According to TechCrunch, Pokemon GO will in fact launch in Japan tomorrow. Additionally, over 3,000 McDonald’s restaurants are supposedly going to serve as sponsored gyms. This info comes from unnamed sources, according to TechCrunch.

Obviously, take this news with a grain of salt. While it makes sense for Niantic and The Pokemon Company to want to strike while the iron is hot and capitalize on Pokemon GO’s popularity on Nintendo’s home turf (coincidentally, Japanese summer holidays for students also start tomorrow), it would be a remarkably quick turnaround. The game is still plagued by various server and connection issues in other countries, and the addition of the massive Japanese mobile market would only add to that. I guess we’ll know for sure tomorrow!

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