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Pokémon GO

With Pokémon’s 20th anniversary this year, there are still big things happening for the franchise. Recently, Nintendo announced a new pair of titles, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Pokémon GO, the alternate reality smart phone app, is starting beta testing in Japan this month.

The release of Pokémon GO opens up a new world of possibilities. There will be real life special events and gyms where trainers can face off against others and earn rewards for their efforts. You’ll be able to encounter “wild” Pokémon in the real world and have impromptu battles with other nearby trainers.

One of the coolest things, to me, is the aspect of immersing myself within the stylized world of Pokémon and creating an experience for others that is as enriching as my own have been. My brother and I have been brainstorming ideas, playing with themes, and generally having a lot of fun discussing our plans for Pokémon GO‘s release. Here are just a few of the ideas we’ve come up with.

  • Our last name is Watts, so we’re thinking of having an all electric-type team. We would costume ourselves as Benjamin Franklin and Nikola Tesla, and have a bluetooth speaker ready to pump out some AC/DC and other electricity-themed music.
  • If we’re able to get others in on the action, we’ve considered setting up unofficial gyms where other trainers can challenge an array of enemies, and if successful, he or she would receive a special badge, just like in the other Pokémon games.
  • We basically want to pretend to be NPCs in the Pokémon universe, and make corny puns and generally have a good time while battling trainers
  • And of course, the ultimate goal is to catch and raise the perfect team to become the most powerful Pokémon trainer in the world! Or maybe at least the most powerful trainer on the block… it could happen!

What are some things you can’t wait to do with Pokémon GO?