Gotta hunt ’em all — for Easter.
That variation on the Pokémon slogan is perfect, as creators of the Pokémon Go reality game have laid an egg for the Easter holiday.
The game introduced new eggs for players to hunt in a new “eggstravaganza” that began Thursday and will run until April 20, USA Today reported.
The game’s creators have had holiday-themed events for Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Halloween, since Pokémon Go was introduced last July, USA Today reported.
The game employs the use of a player’s smartphone GPS to find Pokémon characters hiding in the real world.
For the Easter promotion, players can earn higher levels of experience points by finding the eggs.
More than 65 million play Pokémon Go each month, says Niantic, the game's developer and publisher. The game has been downloaded more than 650 million times across its Android and iOS versions and has generated more than $1 billion in revenue, USA Today reported.
It’s April Fool’s Day, but this is no prank. You can play Ms. Pac-Man on Google Maps for a day.
Google Maps has had a tradition of prank videos or games. In 2015, the arcade classic Pac-Man game was used. This year, when you call up Google Maps on your browser and pick a location, the lower left-hand corner will display an image of Ms. Pac-Man and an invitation to “Insert Coin.” After clicking the image (located next to the Earth image), Google Maps will evaluate your location. If there are not enough streets, Google Maps will redesign it so it resembles the board from the classic arcade game.
Arrow keys are used to guide Ms. Pac-Man through the maze of streets, which contain those magic pills that allow her to eat those villains.
For adults who grew up in the 1980s, this is a nostalgic trip that won’t cost money — unless you’re on your phone since the game will tap into your data reserves for the month. With so many people using smartphones and tablets, Ms. Pac-Man will find a new audience.
Three classic game pieces in the game of Monopoly have been given the boot — including the boot.
The wheelbarrow and thimble are also out, thanks to an online vote in January by Hasbro, the parent company of Monopoly, CNN reported.
They will be replaced by a T-Rex, rubber ducky and penguin, which will join the five classic tokens: Scottie the dog, hat, car, cat and battleship. The boot, wheelbarrow and thimble won't appear in the game starting this fall. The iron, another classic piece, was dropped in 2013 in favor of a cat.
Monopoly fans from 146 countries cast a total of 4.3 million votes during the contest, Hasbro told The Huffington Post. Game piece options that didn’t make the cut include smiley face emojis, a cellphone and aviator sunglasses.
The boot and thimble have been part of the board game since Parker Brothers introduced it in 1935, while the wheelbarrow has been a fixture since 1956.
In the online vote, Monopoly fans were asked to choose their favorite eight tokens from 64 different possibilities, CNN reported. Fifty-six choices were brand new, including smiley face emojis, a cellphone and aviator sunglasses, The Huffington Post reported.
"While we can't say why these exact tokens were chosen or who exactly chose them, we know they represent the voices of our fans — young and old — from around the world," Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of marketing for Hasbro Gaming, told CNN.
Still, he said fans of the now rejected boot, wheelbarrow and thimble did rally hard to keep them around longer.
"We saw a lot of passionate fans out there, including Singer Sewing Co., who rallied their fans on their social pages to keep the thimble token," Berkowitz told CNN. Hardware chain Ace Hardware used social media to drum up support for the wheelbarrow.
"I imagine that the thimble, boot, and wheelbarrow tokens don't resonate as much with today's fans," Berkowitz said.
Fans of Super Mario are in for a treat Thursday as Nintendo is releasing the game for download on smartphones.
“Super Mario’s Run” is free for download Thursday on Apple’s iOS, but there is a catch -- if you want to unlock the game, it will set you back $9.99.
The game will be familiar to fans as players will be able to maneuver Mario through a series of obstacle courses, collecting coins as they go.
If you play at the higher levels, you must do so online. While there, you can compete against other players and create “kingdoms.”
Super Mario Run is Nintendo’s first iPhone game. It will become available on Android devices next year, the company has said.
Nintendo hopes to follow the success earlier this year of Pokemon Go, a game based on Nintendo-owned characters. Nintendo only owned a portion of the game that was downloaded more than 500 million times.
Macquarie Securities analyst David Gibson told Bloomberg News he believes that the game will be downloaded around 200 million times by March.
Super Mario Run is set to be released at 1 p.m. ET. It will take up around 370MB of storage space. To download the game, open up the app store on your iPhone or iPad and then search for ‘Super Mario Run’. Click download and you’re ready to go.
Video includes clips from NBC Sports and The Pokémon Company with images from Twitter and Getty Images. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.
The app has launched in more than 30 countries, but Brazil isn't one of them. And Olympic athletes aren't too happy about it.
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Some athletes took to Twitter to air their grievances, like British athlete Joe Clarke, whose app showed no PokeStops or Pokemon in sight.
He said, "Hello, Nintendo! There are 23 days until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The whole world's coming over here. Come too!"
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"Gotta catch 'em all" may be the tag line for Pokemon, but it also is a fitting motto for police, especially for the Manchester, New Hampshire, police department.
The lawmen are using the "Pokemon Go" craze to help whittle down their list of most wanted, WMUR reported.
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The department posted on its Facebook page recently that a Charizard just happened to be in the booking area. If you were one of the lucky few listed, you could capture the elusive Pokemon character.
Attention all area #PokemonGo players: we have recently found out that there is a #Charizard in our booking area. With...Posted by Manchester NH Police on Saturday, July 16, 2016
In reality, the lucky list was a list of the area's most wanted.
Manchester police are not the only law enforcement group embracing the "Pokemon Go" craze that's sweeping the world.
Police in Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania, put together a video inspired by the television show "Cops" of their quest to find a MewTwo, The Morning Call reported.
The video in all reality is a public service announcement to give tips to Pokemon collectors to play safely.
The Morning Call reported that the members of the police department who took part in the video may or may not be involved in the game off duty, but they are not allowed to play when they're on the clock.
A man from New Zealand apparently has done what some Pokemon players would love to: Tom Currie left his job to travel the country and catch virtual Pokemon characters.
Currie is on his way, trying to catch as many of the characters on the viral hit "Pokemon Go" app, Newshub reported.
Currie is 24 and will take the next two months trying to capture all of the Pokemon.
Just had an interview with The Guardian UK! www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jul/15/pokemon-go-man-quits-job-to-become-full-time-pokemon-hunter #pokemon A photo posted by NZ Pokémon Trainer Tomblebee (@tomblebee) on Jul 14, 2016 at 9:04pm PDT
He's booked 20 bus trips around the country and has captured 90 of the 151 Pokemon released in in "Pokemon Go."
But how and why would Currie leave his job to embark on a game?
"I wanted to have an adventure. I have been working for six years and I was desperate for a break. And Pokemon gave me the chance to live that dream," Currie told The Guardian.
Currie is also getting support from all over the world, including transportation companies which are offering to take him to the more remote locations of New Zealand to search for rare Pokemon.
Old school gaming is going to take over televisions this fall and winter.
Nintendo is releasing a miniature system that looks like the original Nintendo Entertainment System.
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It will have 30 built-in games and connects to a television with an HDMI cable, The Verge reported.
The designers also looked to the past for the controller, copying the original NES gamepad.
But there is one downside. Players won't be able to use the old cartridges that are collecting dust in their closet.
The NES Classic Edition will be available November 11 for $59.99.
Classic games like "Galaga," "Donkey Kong," "Castlevania" and the "Super Mario Bros." series will be included in the 30 games.
A Sega Genesis emulator has been on the market for those who want the 16-bit gaming experience. That machine takes the old Sega Genesis cartridges.
There are also Atari and Intellivision consoles that resemble their original counterparts available.
An animal shelter in Muncie, Indiana, is asking "Pokemon Go" users to walk shelter dogs while they play the game.
The augmented reality game encourages players to get up and out while they hunt for Pokemon characters.
"Pokemon Go" collects GPS information from players' smartphones to place Pokemon in locations that are within walkable distances. Many characters are placed in public places.
The Muncie Animal Shelter started the volunteer program Tuesday after the shelter director, Phil Peckinpaugh, was inspired by his 6-year-old daughter, Ruthie, and his 7-year-old nephew, who both play the game, ABC News reported.
"I started playing with Ruthie, and it was actually pretty fun," he told ABC. "Then the other day, while on my way to work, I noticed droves of young people walking around playing this game. I thought, 'Wouldn't it be great if all those people were walking with our dogs?'"
Peckinpaugh created the program Pokemon Dogs to push his idea.
He created a flier and posted about the program on the shelter's Facebook page. The Facebook post has been shared more than 25,000 times.
Come out to the Muncie Animal Shelter between 10am-5:30pm any day and walk an adoptable dog as you hunt for Pokemon and hatch eggs!Posted by Muncie Animal Shelter on Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Peckinpaugh said lots of people have already begun participating in the Pokemon Dogs program.
"There's been an incredible response, and it's just kind of taken off," he said. "We even had to go and buy more leashes this morning."
Peckinpaugh said about 75 adoptable dogs can be taken out for walks.
"Just swing by and come to our front desk and ask for the Pokemon Dogs," he said. "And then, you know, maybe you even fall in love and come back and adopt that dog one day."
A Renton, Washington, pastor wants to opt out of the new "Pokemon Go" game because of safety concerns.
Mark Kilcup is senior pastor of East Renton Community Church. He told KIRO 7 that cars have been loitering around the play structure behind his church on 156th Avenue Southeast since the popular game debuted last week. Tuesday morning, a pickup truck Kilcup didn’t recognize parked near the structure, so he snapped images of it on his cellphone and then confronted the driver. In cellphone video he shared with KIRO 7, Kilcup asked the driver “What are you up to?” The driver responded “We’re just playing 'Pokemon.'”
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“We are concerned about people we don’t know that are near our play set because the safety of these children is our No. 1 priority,” Kilcup said.
Kilcup said he called the Renton Police Department and the King County Sheriff’s Office -- not because he wanted anyone arrested for playing "Pokemon Go," but because he wanted to know if there was a way he could prevent the game from being played on church property. He said both law enforcement agencies told him to take the issue up with staff at The Pokemon Company International’s office in Bellevue. So Kilcup drove to Pokemon’s office on 108th Avenue Northeast, where he said he was told to go, and was told the company’s legal department would be in touch.
So far, Kilcup said he has not received a response.
Meanwhile, "Pokemon Go" players continue to show up at the play structure.
“We would like to opt out of this "Pokemon Go" game,” Kilcup said, believing his request shouldn’t be a difficult one to honor. “They should have anticipated problems like this. They should have a team of people ready to resolve a conflict like this, if they’re a responsible gaming company.”
KIRO 7 has also contacted Pokemon and a representative from its media relations company, Triple Point, in San Francisco, for comment but has received no response so far.
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