Please Release Pokemon Go in Brazil, Mayor of Olympics City Says

The Summer Olympics begin on August 5 in Rio de Janerio.

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The mayor of Rio de Janerio has called on developer Niantic Labs to release Pokemon Go in Brazil in time for the start of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Writing on Facebook (via ABC), Eduardo Paes said, "Hello Nintendo! There are 23 days until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Everybody's coming. You should come on down too." He included a series of pictures in his message, including Bulbasaur standing in front of the Olympic rings and Krabby on a beach. One image, which shows the Olympics mascots, is captioned "esses nao sao Pokemons," which means "these are not Pokemon."

Pokemon Go launched last week in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Earlier this week, it came to Germany and the UK. However, there is no word yet on when the popular mobile game will be released in South America or other international markets.

The 2016 Summer Olympics begin on August 5.

Pokemon Go has become a global phenomenon on a level not even developer Niantic might have imagined. Seemingly everyone is playing it, including WWE owner Vince McMahon, while the game is also helping people sell pizza. You shouldn't play Pokemon Go everywhere, though; don't play Pokemon Go at the Holocaust Museum or while driving.

For more on Pokemon Go, check out GameSpot's review.

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