When Pokemon GO hit Japanese game stores, Japanese gamers got more than they bargained for
Tokyo-based Japanese game retailer Niconico has announced that the Pokemon GO game from the makers of the popular mobile game is making its way to Japanese stores and other retailers worldwide starting April 11.
Pokemon GO will be available for download on the Google Play and iOS App Stores beginning April 11 for a one-time fee of 1,800 yen ($1.29).
The game will also be available on other popular mobile devices including Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, and Xbox One, according to Niconic.
Niconics Pokemon GO launch date, retail locations, and prices will be released later this week, according the company.
The Pokemon GO app, which is free, lets players capture and catch the virtual monsters in a variety of locales around the world.
The game has already surpassed 1 million downloads worldwide.
Nippon Ichi Software Co. Inc. said in a statement that it expects the Pokemon Go app to be downloaded more than 1.5 million times globally, adding that it will be the number one app for iOS devices worldwide.
“We expect to see huge growth in the smartphone app industry as well,” Nippo said.
Nintendo has said that it has a $3 billion investment in Pokemon GO, which includes Japanese investment and a share of the revenue from Pokemon, according a report in the Wall Street Review.
Nintendo also said that the game will be free to download and has already reached 1 million players worldwide.
The Nippan Data and Technology Co. Co., a company that is involved in Pokemon Go’s global distribution, also announced that it plans to sell more than a million copies of Pokemon GO during its first month of sales.
The company also said it plans on selling Pokemon GO to over 300,000 players globally, including over 1 million in Japan.
Niantic Labs, a company based in San Diego, California, also said Tuesday that it would begin releasing the app on April 11 in Japan for free.
Pokemon Go will feature augmented reality capabilities that make the game feel like a game, which will include a new augmented reality menu, which can be accessed from the menu.
Players will be able to capture and level up their Pokemon and then use the Pokemon to fight and defeat other players.
Pokemon go will be playable for three hours a day, seven days a week.