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Pokemon GO Plus

Tsunakazu Ishihara, CEO of The Pokemon Company, recently sat down with Nikkei for an interview. Other than some general talk about the games industry and Pokemon GO, he had this to say when asked about safety concerns when playing Pokemon GO:

“To avoid the danger, we also released “Pokemon Go Plus,” the smartphone-linked wearable device, so that “Pokemon Go” players do not have to always be looking down at their smartphone screens. Together with Nintendo, we are thinking of developing a new device that can be played more safely. “

Since the interview was originally conducted in Japanese, there’s always the danger of something being lost in translation, but the word “device” being used here is interesting. Pokemon GO Plus is more of an accessory since you still need an actual smartphone to properly play Pokemon GO, but it seems like Ishihara might be talking about a device here that lets you play the game on its own.

Certainly an interesting possibility, but either way, it seems like this mysterious device is still in the planning stages, so we probably won’t get to see it for a while.

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The Nintendo UK store has the Pokemon GO Plus device back in stock. Orders can be placed here. Just keep in mind that shipments won’t be going out until late March.

Pokemon GO Plus is finally launching next week – but will you actually be able to use it with your device? Nintendo just sent out a press release which offers some further technical details. Here’s what it says about the iPhone and Android-compatible devices and operating systems:

iOS

Compatible OS versions: iOS 8 – 9

Compatible with: iPhone® 5/5c/5s/SE/6/6s/6 Plus/6s Plus

Android

Compatible OS versions: Android 4.4 – 6.0

Compatible with: Android 4.4 or higher that have Bluetooth® Smart?Bluetooth v4.0 or higher) capability and RAM2GB or more.

Source: Nintendo PR

For folks in Canada, Pokemon GO Plus is available on Amazon once again. You can grab it right here. The accessory should be out later this month.