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GameStop is looking to capitalize on Pokemon GO success once more. Just like last week, select locations will be hosting lure events on Saturday and Sunday. Stores will be dropping lures every two hours between 10 AM and 8 PM. Find a GameStop nearby through the link here.

Pokemon GO has done quite well for GameStop. CEO Paul Raines said stores that were either PokeStops or Gyms resulted in a big sales spike last weekend.

Pokemon GO has been breaking records left and right, but unofficially so. Today, however, Apple has come forward confirming an official milestone for the popular game. Polygon reports that it has more downloads in its first week than any other app in history through iTunes.

It’s not entirely clear how many times Pokemon GO has been downloaded, at least officially. The last number reported from Sensor Tower earlier in the week was 30 million across iOS and Android.


Pokemon GO has launched in Japan, and so has the collaboration with McDonald’s. The fast food restaurant announced its exclusive partnership that has all 2,900 restaurants showing up in the game’s app. About 400 of the restaurants are Gyms, while the other 2,500 are PokeStops.


Pokemon GO just released in Japan, and has already managed to skyrocket to the top of the charts. The game is already at the top grossing position on iOS. In Japan, the mobile market can be lucrative, so this is great news for all parties involved.


Pokemon GO is now available in Japan. To celebrate, Niantic’s John Hanke and Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda shared a few words. Most of the message is from Hanke, though Masuda’s comments are unfortunately available in Japanese only.

In any case, here’s the video:

Aside from the video, Nintendo issued a notice on its investor’s website about its forecast in response to Pokemon GO. Essentially, things are staying the same from now. You can read the full message below.

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.


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:

In the UK, Pokemon is getting a huge sales boost on 3DS thanks to Pokemon GO. GfK numbers from last week show a 145 percent increase in combined sales of previous Pokemon titles on Nintendo’s handheld.

MCV shares the following data about the Pokemon boost:

Top selling Pokemon games for week ending July 16 (sales increase %)

1. Pokémon Alpha Sapphire – 148%
2. Pokémon Omega Ruby – 148%
3. Pokémon X – 238%
4. Pokémon Y – 188%
5. Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon – 65%

These five games in total –148%
Pokémon Total – 145%

MCV also heard from licensing sources that Nintendo has raised projections for Sun and Moon. Speaking of those two games, both are among the top ten most pre-ordered games on Amazon.

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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