Pokemon Go Out Now in UK

iOS and Androids versions of Pokemon Go available officially.

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Following its launch in Australia, New Zealand, and the US, Pokemon Go is now officially available for iOS and Android devices in the UK. The game weighs in at 161 MB on iOS and 56 MB on Android.

Pokemon Go--which challenges players to catch Pokemon in the real world and is also pretty handy for selling pizza--launched last week and has become a phenomenon.

Its release has added $9 billion to Nintendo's market cap, despite the fact that Nintendo didn't make the game. Nintendo does however own a share of The Pokemon Company, which produced Pokemon Go in partnership with Niantic.

Following the huge success of Pokemon Go, it has been reported that Hollywood studios are scrambling to sign a deal for the Pokemon movie rights.

In other news, two US Marines who were playing Pokemon Go helped catch an attempted murder suspect this week in California.

In GameSpot's Pokemon Go review, it was awarded an 7/10

"If Pokemon Go’s initial public reception is anything to go by, its ability to draw players from multiple generations and varied gaming backgrounds together is a game worthy of attention," said Miguel Concepcion.

"When it works, Pokemon Go feels like a natural evolution for the series, very much a product of the times without making the mainline series obsolete. Its bugs and high battery consumption do not outweigh the old-but-new thrill of capturing Pikachu at a local park or vanquishing a Snorlax while conquering a gym."

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darksouls

Meh

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neowarrior793

lol anyone whos only now playing today (new) is gonna have a real shock when they try and take any of the gyms, my current gym has 4 800-1000 cp pokemon defending them. my aerodactyl being one of them,

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darksouls

@neowarrior793: Meh

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iandizion713

I thought UK broke up. We have to call them "parts of Europe" now. Nintendo doesnt just own a share of Pokemon Company, they own majority of it. Pokemon Company is owned by 3 companies. Game Freak (which Nintendo owns like 40%), Creatures (which Nintendo owns like 40%), and then Nintendo (which Nintendo owns bout 99%). This means everything Pokemon, is owned by Nintendo.

I pray Pokemon GO unites southern and northern Ireland. United Ireland!

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iandizion713

@nibbin1191: Yeah forgive me, but it has always been the peoples dream for a United Ireland. They have even asked America to step in and help.

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iandizion713

@nibbin1191: Actually, they voted to stay, so im not sure on that. America will support them if they wish to join Ireland and stand united.

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iandizion713

@nibbin1191: I never stated they voted to stay in Ireland. But they did want to stay in the EU like Ireland is. So i guess Untied Ireland is a myth? Are they not trying to vote to leave the UK right now? Did they not ask America to help them? If they want to join the Republic of Ireland, then America will help them. If they want to remain independent, we will help them do that also. Its whatever Northern Ireland wants.

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neowarrior793

@iandizion713: pokemon go is actually split 33% nintendo 33% google 34% with nortic having the controlling ownership. the UK is still together, in actual fact we are still part of Europe till we invoke article 50, after that we are still the UK (England,Wales,Scotland and north of Ireland) just not part of the EU.

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iandizion713

@neowarrior793: Who told you that? Pokemon GO is Nintendos. 100% Nintendos. But yeah, hopefully Ireland will unite and leave the UK. Also, spoiler alert, Nintendo owns part of Niantic. Nintendo shares have risen $12 billion in one week. Nintendo is now worth more then Sony as a whole. Not just gaming Sony, all of Sony.

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neowarrior793

@iandizion713: its fact, nortic the (people who made this game) went to nintendo with the idea showing off there last game (ingress), they are giving royalties to nintendo for the use of the pokemon and royalties to google for using there maps. thats why when you play you can use your google account (google) and your pokemon trainer account (nintendo's). Ireland will never become one either for so many reasons, religion is one of them and the fact that they are reliant on the UK's currancy and would be terrible if they took up the euro and lose the pound sterling. then theres the cost's involed as ireland is not self reliant so import costs alone would kill its economy.

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iandizion713

@neowarrior793: Thats not quite how it works. Nintendo wanted to make Pokemon GO, so they asked Niantic how much to make a game. Then Nintendo paid them to develop the game. Now Nintendo pays them to upkeep the game. But all money goes to Nintendo. Nintendo pays others too, they worked out contracts before launch. Niantic isnt the publisher. Plus, Nintendo owns part of Niantic.

Also they co-developed the game with Nintendo, Im guessing Nintendo gave them content to help in development.

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neowarrior793

@iandizion713: it is how it works because "Niantic Inc., a closely held company in California that was spun out from Alphabet Inc.’s Google last year, is the developer and distributor of the game. The startup said in October 2015 that it had raised $20 million from Tokyo-based Pokémon Co., Google and Nintendo, with an additional $10 million investment possible if it achieved certain milestones." IE nintendo google and pokemon Co are investors NOT full owners.

"Nintendo may profit as a PART-OWNER of Niantic, and Nintendo is also a 32%-owner of Pokémon Co.," nintendo dont have full control they simply get alot of the royalties of the game.

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iandizion713

@neowarrior793: They arnt the only developer, Nintendo is developing the game also. Yes, they raised money, yes investors gave money. Nintendo owns 32% of Pokemon Co yes, but they also own 40% of Creatures, and 40% of Game Freak who own the rest of Pokemon Co shares. Then Nintendo owns part of Naintic. Nintendo has full control of Pokemon GO, its their IP. Anything with Pokemon in the name is owned by Nintendo.

Thats why Iwata (President of Nintendo) went to start development of the game.

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neowarrior793

@neowarrior793: gamespot themselves "Pokemon Go was not made by Nintendo, but instead Niantic Labs. The Google spinoff produced the title in collaboration with The Pokemon Company, which is partly owned by Nintendo. This may explain why Nintendo's share price soared after the game's release."

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iandizion713

@neowarrior793: Yeah thats right, Pokemon GO was developed by Niantic and Pokemon Co. Who Nintendo owns lots of shares of.

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neowarrior793

@iandizion713: Pokemon GO was developed by Niantic, pokemon co are JUST INVESTORS. they dont have controlling shares of niantic, so its NOT nintendo's IP as they dont have controlling shares. you need controlling shares to own the game which at this moment in time is Niantic. this is fact, nintendo only get ROYALTIES nothing more, they couldn't just change somthing right now unless other people with shares overturn niantic's decition with a majorty ruling. nintendo hasn't developed anything other then giving money and info to niantic.

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iandizion713

@neowarrior793: Im not sure what your talking about. Pokemon GO was co-developed by Pokemon Co too, they even sent their most famous composer, Masuda, to compose for the game.

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darksouls

@iandizion713: Meh