Today we’re going to look at a couple of accessories for the POKEMON GO game, the popular Niantic game which got everyone off their big, fat couch.
First is the Pokémon GO PLUS, a Nintendo product which was supposed to come out in July, but, due to some functionality issues, As per Nintendo, “The Pokémon GO Plus accessory will now be released in September 2016 instead of the originally expected end of July launch date. Thanks for your patience, trainers."
Lets have a look, shall we?
POKEMON GO PLUS:
The player can wear it on a wrist with the fabric strap that comes with it, clip it to his shirt (or, as one comic said, as a tie clip), or in hand. The trainer has to be within proximity of a compatible iPhone which has the game installed.
U.S. Price: $34.99
• iPhone® 5 / 5c / 5s / SE / 6 / 6s / 6 Plus / 6s Plus with iOS: 8–9
• Android: 2 GB RAM or more with Android Ver. 4.4–6.0
Bluetooth Smart: ver. 4 or higher
What does it do? LED and vibration to signal the proximity of Pokémon and Pokestops. Note: This device can only be used with Pokémon creatures the player has already captured. That alone may detract from sales. But, I can see this being handy for a parent with a young child who wants to play, but the parent doesn’t want to allow the child unrestricted access to the phone. The downsides? The player won’t be able to tell if they caught the Pokemon until the phone is opened. Also, this device works better when the player has access to a 3G/4G network, and their phone has GPS.
There are already skins out for the Pokemon Go Plus, but examine the insignia closely before purchasing.
POKEMON TRAINER BALL:
GamerReality LLC has a Kickstarter campaign for the Pokémon ‘Trainerball’. This is a ball which is a little smaller than a baseball, the internal electronics are covered with foam and then wrapped in a rubber material. You can throw the ball where the Pokémon is located, or used as a handheld gestured remote (similar to what you do when you pretend to throw the ball for your dog, but keep it in your hand). It has a phone charger built in, so when you or your phone is tired of playing, you can recharge your phone.
The clever people at www.Pokemonaimer.com have created a plastic cover for the iPhone 6 and 6+ which can be slid over the screen and used to physically guide the players finger straight toward the Pokemon. The cost is $9.99. You can get cheaper ones from other places, but this is the only one we saw which doesn’t greatly restrict screen view during use. It comes in different colors, and is described as a bumper bowling alley for the Pokemon-throw challenged.