Nintendo and Niantic have officially launched the incredibly popular Pokemon GO game for iOS and Android smartphones in the one and only Great White North.
Since Pokemon GO has been making headlines for almost two weeks already, many may have assumed that it had launched in a majority of the world's biggest markets. Surprisingly, this wasn't the case, as the app's developer, Niantic, has slowly been rolling out the game across various regions in order to keep its servers in check. As a result, Canadian fans were left waiting for the title for quite some time – or, at least that was the situation before just now.
After much anticipation, Nintendo and Niantic have finally launched Pokemon GO in Canada for iOS and Android devices. The country is just the latest to join the Pocket Monster madness in recent weeks – with Italy, Spain, and Portugal gaining official access to Pokemon GO just prior to this launch – and there are sure to be more areas on the receiving end of the app as July plays out.
As a Canadian myself, it's awesome to finally be able to access the game through my existing tried and true account – without resorting to creating a faux United States Apple ID to gain access on iOS. It also eliminates the chances of being duped by fake apps masquerading as the real McCoy. Since just such a Pokemon GO ripoff already exists, and has successfully tricked people into believing it was the much-talked about game itself, having the game finally made available in The Great White North should prevent uninformed gamers from being duped by such knockoffs.
Despite the wait feeling long for many, however, Canada was far from alone in terms of patiently playing the waiting game. For example, the United Kingdom only just received access to Pokemon GO last week. Meanwhile, other countries like Japan are still without the game – which should strike many as odd considering that the Pokemon franchise originates from the aforementioned land of the rising sun.
While Canucks that waited for an official release of the app can now begin catching up and catching 'em all, it's evident that the game still has a long way to go before it has reached its full potential. Case in point, trading is set to arrive in Pokemon GO at some point, which is sure to only bring the community closer together as they meet up to deal out their unwanted Pocket Monsters.
Plans are to continuously roll out the app throughout major markets before the end of July, so those still without shouldn't be left in the dark much longer. With that in mind, stay tuned to Game Rant for any and all news on Pokemon GO.