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Pokemon Go may be launched in Japan

Pokemon Go may be launched in Japan Wednesday: report. Science & Technology World Website

The smash-hit mobile game Pokemon Go will launch in Japan on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday on its digital edition, citing people familiar with the matter.

McDonald’s Holdings Co (Japan) will participate in the introduction of the game in Japan and will make its restaurants key locations for players, it said.

Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game in which players capture the virtual pocket monsters known as Pokemon, who appear onscreen when users hold up their smartphones in real locations.

The game was jointly developed by Nintendo Co, Pokemon Co and Niantic Inc. It has already been launched in the United States and many other markets.

'Minecraft' creation plays 'Pokemon' on a virtual Game Boy

'Minecraft' creation plays 'Pokemon' on a virtual Game Boy

It's no longer strange to see elaborate devices built in Minecraft, but this one is particularly eyebrow-raising. Reqaug has built a Minecraftmachine that plays Pokemon Fire Red for the Game Boy Advance. It's very rudimentary at the moment (it's missing combat and dialog, among other things), but it's still surprisingly thorough. There's even a level editor and the option to replace textures. As the creator explains, the whole concept revolves around layers of structure blocks (a recent addition) that represent tiles in the game and move when you move.

While there isn't enough here to keep you entertained, Reqaug is quick to stress that his work will "always be in progress." It's more a matter of investing enough time than whether or not a blocky Pokemon recreation is possible. And importantly, this doesn't require modding -- as long as you're using at least Minecraft 1.10, you can try it for yourself. Just don't expect an action game like one of the Super Mario Bros. titles, sinceMinecraft likely can't draw the virtual screen quickly enough to keep up.

3D-printed iPhone case gives you perfect Pokemon aim every time

3D-printed iPhone case gives you perfect Pokemon aim every time. Science & Technology World Website

Not everybody has mad Pokemon skills. Some of us can't throw a Pokeball straight to save our lives. People like us need a little help to catch them all. The Pokeball Aimer is a 3D-printable iPhone case designed to guide your Pokeball-throwing finger into the correct position every time. Don't think of it as cheating. Think of it as an enhancement.

3D designer Jon Cleaver created the attachment, which sits over the screen of your phone and makes a groove for your finger to follow. He offers it as a free download through 3D-printing site MyMiniFactory. Right now, the pattern only works for the iPhone 6, but Cleaver says he'll design Pokeball Aimers for other phones if there's enough interest.

Pokemon Go is a wildfire of a game, capturing many millions of players in a very short amount of time. Some people are aces at it, like this guy who claims to have caught every Pokemon in the US. Other people fumble with the interface and are in constant need of restocking Pokeballs. Pokeball Aimer could be the perfect solution for those struggling trainers. That means more monsters and less time spent searching for Pokestops to refill your Pokeballs.



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