Pokémon GO Now Available In Japan With McDonald’s Sponsored PokéStops


After becoming a mobile phenomenon in more than 30 countries worldwide, Pokémon GO is now available in Japan.

Niantic’s augmented reality app has ridden overwhelming waves of excitement over the past few weeks, and arrives in Japan with the first sponsored PokéStop locations.

That sees 3000 McDonald’s restaurants across The Pokémon Company’s home country become places at which players can collect items such as Poké Balls, Potions and Eggs, which hatch as they continue to explore.

We share our opinion on the app in our review, concluding: “Pokémon GO surprises in the potential that it presents, but insufferable bugs undermine the experience at the moment. It’s an app that will reward those that look to make the most of it, even if the fun to be had largely relies on your location. With missed opportunities, we will have to wait to see what Niantic add over time.”

Alex Seedhouse
After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.
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