Noah J Nelson on Monday, Mar. 31st
Just because everyone else on the Internet has noted it won’t stop me from mentioning it too:
The first of what could be many of Google’s April 1st gags–let’s not call this a prank, since no one is gullible enough to take it seriously–is a mod for the mobile version of Google Maps that turns the app into a Pokemon catching game. The video that announced the game claims that a “strong willed” competitor who can find all 150 Pokemon will earn the right to battle for the job of Google’s own Pokemon Master.
Logging into the latest version of Maps on Android or iOS and tapping the search bar will reveal an option to go to the Pokemon Lab. Said lab just so happens to be located inside the Googleplex, and there are a fair amount of Pokemon nearby.
The pocket monsters, however, are spread out all over the world. I’ve already found Pokemon in France, Ireland, and Antarctica. In fact I’ve already caught 25 Pokemon, including Pikachu and a Bulbasaur, so you might as well give up now!
On a more serious note: I wonder if this little experiment will prove popular enough that Nintendo decides to make a *real* Pokemon mobile game?