Just incase you have been living under a rock, the new viral sensation, Pokémon Go has hit the internet, courtesy of Nintendo, who are no strangers to creating viral content – in fact, they made viral stuff way before the internet became the medium of choice for getting things to go viral…Mario anyone?
The new sensation comes not from Mario, but from another franchise; Pokémon – which you will no doubt be familiar with if you watched cartoons religiously in the 90s.
Pokémon (short for Pocket Monsters) are mythical creatures similar in appearance to many of the animals (and things), that we are familiar with, which players (called Pokémon Trainers) collect with the aim of completing a “Pokedex” (which is an electronic device designed to catalog and provide information regarding the various species of Pokémon.) and also to train a team of powerful Pokémon to compete with against other Pokémon trainers’ teams and eventually win the Pokémon League.
If you grew up watching the cartoon or collecting Pokémon cards, like I did (the cartoons only), you will no doubt have wondered one time or the other what it would be like if Pokémons were an actual thing in “real life.”
Pokémon Go, Nintendo’s 73rd or 74th game in the franchise answers that question, by using augmented reality, your device’s camera, GPS and clock to super-impose Pokémons, which you can capture into your environment, just like the cartoon. It’s little wonder that the game has caught on like wildfire in the past few days, a whole generation of adults have had their inner child re-awakened. More importantly, the game forces people to actually leave their houses and explore the world around them…and maybe get some much needed vitamin D in the process a trick Nintendo has used before on the Boktai title on the GameBoy Advance which debuted in 2003.
The bad news is due to the amount of demand, Nintendo has had to restrict its availability, so if you’re in these parts, you can’t download the game to your device off your app store, but do not let that send your inner child back to sleep, if you can’t wait for its official rollout in your location, here’s how to get the game on your device right now.
How to get Pokémon Go on Android.
On android, you have three options, the easiest of which is just to download the apk which you’ll find on this site. You can also use a VPN to trick Google Play to think you’re in another country where the game is available, or just rip it yourself straight from Google Play using a site like this.
How to get Pokémon Go on iOS.
If you already have multiple App Store accounts, just switch to one where the game is available (US is a good bet 🙂 ). If you only have one non-US account, follow the steps below:
- Log out of your current App Store (Open App Store, tap on your Apple ID and select “Sign Out.”)
- Then change the region on your iOS device (Settings> General> Language and Region> Region, choose a region where the app is available (hint: US)).
- After that, search for the game or click this link to launch it in your app store.
- If it still shows “Not available in your region,” click on “Change Stores”
- Download the game (Click “Get”, the “Install” and choose create new ID.
- Fill in the required information and verify your email
- Download the game
That’s it. Let me know when you get Pikachu. 🙂