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Google Maps Allowing Users to Catch Pokémon

by Josh Max - March 31, 2014, 2:47 pm EDT
Total comments: 11 Source: Google

For a limited time you can become a real Pokémon Master.

It was announced by Google that iOS and Android users who use Google Maps will be able to scour the world in search of Pokémon. The application updated earlier today and was accompanied by an April Fool's video on the Google Maps website, however, users will actually be able to catch the elusive Pocket Monsters in a small way.

In Google Maps, users can scroll across the globe and find the sprite versions of Pokémon in places like Central Park, Tokyo Tower and the Vatican. There are currently 150 different Pokémon available for capturing around the world.

In the video, Brian McClendon, Google Maps Vice President, stated that users who catch every Pokémon will be invited to the final round of hiring for the position of "Pokémon Master" at Google Headquarters. At the end, a disclaimer revealed the position would only be open after the Google team battled their Pokémon first. Since their battle will never be scheduled, the position will never be open.

Talkback

TheXenocideMarch 31, 2014

I read online somewhere that this is just an early April fools day prank.

NWR_JoshJosh Max, Associate EditorMarch 31, 2014

It might be, but the app is real. I've already collected 80/150 available. It's not like the AR stuff they showed in the video.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorMarch 31, 2014

Did Nintendo license this?  Wow.

pokepal148Spencer Johnson, Contributing WriterApril 01, 2014

Quote from: UncleBob

Did Nintendo license this?  Wow.

I have a feeling that Google approached Nintendo and got the thumbs up.

Seriously they slapped a 3d panorama view of the tardis interior somewhere in West London(although it isn't in totters lane sadly.) This isn't the craziest thing they've done with Google maps.

It's interesting that those two have been so willing to work together, especially around google maps.

azekeApril 01, 2014

Quote from: pokepal148

It's interesting that those two have been so willing to work together, especially around google maps.

Yep.
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/_ui/images/wiiu/wiistreetu/slide002.jpg
Yep.

DasmosApril 01, 2014

I'm at 110 and I can't think of anywhere else to hunt for Pokemon..

NWR_JoshJosh Max, Associate EditorApril 01, 2014

The Galapagos Islands have a whole bunch!

LucarioApril 01, 2014

It's an April fools joke, GOD!

pokepal148Spencer Johnson, Contributing WriterApril 01, 2014

Quote from: Lucariofan99

It's an April fools joke, GOD!

You're an April fools joke.
Heck you're an April fool. :D

LucarioApril 02, 2014

It actually is google it.

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