Digital sensation: Pokemon Go invades the CLE

The game, which marries a classic 20-year old franchise with augmented reality, allows players to walk around real-life neighbourhoods while seeking virtual Pokemon game characters on their smartphone screens - a scavenger hunt that has earned enthusiastic early reviews. They're Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle, the same "starter" Pokemon that appeared in the original Pokemon games, and you can only choose one to capture.

Matthews Park in Norwalk has become a hotspot for players, and more than a dozen of them were seen there Monday.

"I would be home playing something instead".

Some analysts have been upbeat about the money-making potential for Pokemon GO, largely from small purchases made while playing - and the positive signs for other mobile gaming launches planned by Nintendo for 2016 and 2017.

Pokemon Go was installed on around 5% of US Android phones only two days after launch - putting it well above popular dating app Tinder nearly immediately. Some of the information from that game hasn't been processed into Pokemon Go yet; when it does get processed, players might notice PokeStops and Gyms that weren't there previously.

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Before releasing Pokémon Go, Nintendo had refused investor pressure to create mobile games for download, preferring its focus on console-based.

And so far it's been worth it for those who have it.

It's bad enough you went into your neighbors yard with your phone, but imagine setting up camp with your laptop and having to explain that you're not stealing their WiFi but trying to catch another Scyther.

Once you get a handle on what you're out to do (and assuming your device stays within Global Positioning System contact with the servers, something definitely not guaranteed at the moment), the hunt for Pokemon in the real world is undeniably charming. From cartoons, to clothes and trading cards, the memorabilia and new product is still all over stores today. The original 151 Pokemon from the first generation have ballooned to over 700. One of those landmarks is the Forks, where over 70 people could be found on Sunday, phone in hand searching for Pokemon. Over 1,000 people gathered in Perth, Australia on the weekend for a Pokemon Go Walk.

  • Michael Mitchell