Catch 'Em All: Pokemon Go Plus Wearable Arrives Sept. 16


Good news for Pokemon Go players still trying to catch 'em all: Nintendo's wearable accessory will hit shelves Sept. 16.

The Pokemon Go Plus bracelet—initially scheduled to launch following the global rollout of Niantic's popular game—will finally be released next week.

The companion device connects via Bluetooth to your smartphone, and allows players to keep their phone in their pocket and go about day-to-day activities while still collecting resources and capturing monsters. If you pass a Pokestop, the Go Plus will vibrate and light up.

"We've been testing it here at Niantic and we love the way it allows you to blend Pokemon Go even more seamlessly into family and fitness activities," the developer team wrote in an announcement. "Now you'll be able to play and enjoy your walk, run, hike, park trips, or visits to the library without having to look at your screen all the time."

The bangle notifies wearers about events in the game using LED and vibration. Pass a PokeStop or a hidden Pokemon, for example, and the Go Plus vibrates and lights up. Folks can also use it to throw Poke Balls and complete other in-game actions.

Pokemon Go Plus will be available on Sept. 16 in "most countries," and later this year in a few South American territories, according to Niantic.

The waiting is the hardest part—especially for Nintendo, which should keep its fingers crossed that people are still interested in the game. A recent report from Axiom Capital Management (based on data compiled from Apptopia, Sensor Tower, and Survey Monkey) suggested consumer passion for the mobile title is starting to wane.

Enthusiasm may grow again soon, though—once Pokemon Go arrives on the Apple Watch. Expected to reach the smart timepiece by the end of the year, the program operates similarly to the Go Plus, with an additional summary of your fitness activity while playing.

For more, check out Pokemon Go: How to Get Started and Catch 'Em All and Features We Want to See in Pokemon Go.

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