Pokémon Go News: Tactics Handbook, Launches in Japan and more

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Pokemon Go Debuts in Japan as Viral Monster-Hunt Game Comes Home

Pokemon Go is finally appearing where it all began: Japan.

After captivating users in the U.S., Australia and some parts of Europe, the smartphone app is now officially available for Apple and Android devices in the country that gave birth to the Pokemon franchise two decades ago. The release comes two weeks after the game made its chart-topping debut overseas, triggering a worldwide phenomenon that added as much as $20 billion to the market value of Nintendo Co. Shares rose as much as 6.9 percent in Tokyo.

For Japan’s legions of Pokemon fans, the wait hasn’t been easy. Even though the country is the second-most lucrative market for smartphone apps, Japanese gamers had to sit and watch as 35 other countries, including Malta and Luxembourg, became virtual playgrounds for Pokemon trainers hunting virtual monsters on streets and in parks. (Read more)

The Pokémon Go Trainer’s Advanced Tactics Handbook

You’ve tossed a few PokéBalls, caught a few Caterpies, and spun your way to a few items at the PokéStop, but it’s time to take things to the next level. These tips and tricks will help you go from novice trainer to unbeatable gym leader faster than you can spit out the PokéRap.

The PokéBall icon at the bottom of your screen is used to access most of the in-game menus, like your Pokédex, Items, captured pokémon, and the Shop. You can tap the PokéBall icon and navigate to these menus, or you can look like a pro and get to them with a single swipe. Swipe the PokéBall left to instantly access the Pokémon menu, swipe right to go right into your items, and swipe up to access the shop. (Read more)

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Pokemon Go Player Has Caught Every Available Pokemon in America

The Pokemon Go trainer has caught every Pokemon except the currently unavailable legendaries and the region-specific monsters.

Pokemon Go has been out in the US for about two weeks now, and someone has already caught all the available Pokemon in the region. All that they have left to catch are region-specific creatures, the legendaries, and Ditto.

Nick Johnson spoke to Business Insider about his accomplishment, which he first showed off on the Pokemon Go subreddit. In total, Johnson caught 4,269 Pokemon, hatched 303 eggs, and walked 153 kilometers over the last two weeks. The Pokemon he has left to catch are Mr. Mime, which is exclusive to Europe; Kangaskhan, which can only be found in Australia and New Zealand; and Farfetch’d, which sticks to Asia. He also hasn’t caught Ditto, Articuno, Moltres, Zapdos, Mewtwo, and Mew, as they are part of the initial 151 Pokemon but have not been added yet

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How much data does Pokemon Go really use?

Pokemon Go is insanely addictive, and that’s why you should beware of two major side-effects that might hinder your overall gameplay experience: battery consumption and data overages. It’s easy to deal with battery life problems — just go buy an external battery pack or case, or preorder this Pokemon Go Plus accessory. Mobile data, on the other hand, is not so easy to fix, and it might be a real problem if you don’t have a generous monthly allowance.

That’s not to say that Pokemon Go will eat a lot of data itself, but the game will need extra data on top of your monthly average usage – and yes, there is an app to monitor data usage and you can install it on your device right now for free.

But how much data does Pokemon Go actually consume? The more you use it, the more bytes it’ll swallow, but the numbers are far from alarming if you’re a casual player. At least that’s what a Business Insider post on the matter says. “In an eight-hour period, Pokémon Go had only consumed 25 megabytes, which is a little over 3 megabytes per hour,” the site said. That sounds quite reasonable if you don’t plan to waste your life on Pokemon Go. (Read more)

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Pokemon Go has done the impossible for mobile apps

Pokemon GO has rolled out in more than 30 countries and it is now two weeks since its US launch. The data around the usage patterns is becoming ever more mindboggling. New numbers AppAnnie has shared with BGR defy belief. Most apps would be deliriously happy to top 20 minute average daily engagement. But each Pokemon GO users spends more than an hour on the app every day. What makes this number stunning is the fact that more than 10% of all American smartphone users play the game.

It has the broadest user base of any mobile game, but also gets those users playing every day. This combination is completely unprecedented.

Apps that get their average user to spend an hour a day tapping the screen tend to appeal to small core of rabid fans. Whatsapp, a universally popular app is regarded as exceptionally addictive because it has managed to get to 27 minute daily average usage time. (Read more)