Crazy Phenomenon Pokemon GO App Finally Reaches Japanese Shores

2016.07.22 <PASH! PLUS+>

Video Comments From John Hanke and Junichi Furuta of Game Freak

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     Pokemon GO, the world famous game app and phenomenon from Niantic, Inc. and The Pokemon Company is finally available in Japan.

     The game is both now available from the Apple Store and Google Play.

     Not only that but Niantic, Inc. CEO John Harke and Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda have recorded a commentary especially for Japan. Check out the video below                          

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Junichi Masuda
     Chief Developer and Supervisor for Game Freak, Inc.                                     
     Supervisor for The Pokemon Company
     Programmer and Creator of Music, Pokemon/Natural Sound Effects for Pokemon Red and Blue.
     Became a director and producer for Pokemon games from Ruby and Sapphire onward.
     He has also served and participated in concept development, music and game design for Pokemon GO.
     With his insight for future Pokemon Series titles, Masuda aims to create an entirely new experience for a GPS game.  
      John Hanke
Niantic, Inc. CEO
     After his personal venture company Keyhole was bought by Google, Hanke joined/started the Google Geo team (which works on Google Maps and Google Earth) and in 2011 formed his own start up, Niantic Labs within Google.
      In August 2015, Niantic went independent with Hanke as the CEO. His “real world game” Ingress uses GPS and Augmented Reality technology to send users on adventures of discovery in and around their actual environments and to connect with people.

     This big news and the game’s popularity has even shocked our editorial staff. For all you fans out there, the wait is finally over.

     Details :
     Pokemon Go – Japan Launch and words from App creators

Website :

     Compatible Operating Systems :
     Compatible with iOS 8~9
 : iPhoneR 5/5c/5s/SE/6/6s/6 Plus/6s Plus

     According to Press Releases :Compatible with Fifth Generation iPod touch, iPhone4S and previous models.                      
     ※App Store, For more information check the official Pokemon GO website, NOT the App Store.                                                              
     ※May or may not work on tablets
     ※Game not guaranteed to work on all units.

     Compatible With Android 4.4-6.0 OS and with at least Android 4.4 and 2GB RAM                                         
     According to Press Releases :
     ※Units Intel Brand Atom Processor Is Necessary
     ※For Phone and OS Specifications, Check Pokemon GO Homepage
     ※Game May Not Work On Tablets
     ※Game May Not Work On Certain Phones Dependent On OS

     Price : Free For Basic Play
     ※Fees Applied For Certain In-Game Items

     Developer : Niantic, Inc.
     Distributor : Niantic, Inc.

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