After months of waiting, Pokemon GO finally has a solid release window. The mobile game will be coming to iOS and Android devices next month, in July, which is much earlier than what fans expected. It seems the Pokemon GO release date in July isn?t just a convenient one, as the game might come out on the death anniversary of Satoru Iwata.
Iwata was the president of Nintendo who tragically died last year at the age of 55. With his death anniversary coming up, it would be a fitting tribute to release the game on this date, as it would be the ultimate sign of love and respect, something he always had for video games.
Satoru was also one of the people responsible for bringing Pokemon to an international audience. In an interview that was translated by Siliconera, it was revealed that the developers of the game were worried that audiences around the world wouldn?t get the series, but Iwata persisted. This ended up being one of the best decisions Nintendo has ever made, since Pokemon is essentially an empire now, with a hugely popular anime and games that everyone looks forward to.
Fans on Reddit have expressed some enthusiasm about the Pokemon GO release date falling on Iwata?s death anniversary, which is July 11. Nintendo and Niantic have not stated when in July the mobile game would come out, but if the company wants to pay tribute to a fallen visionary, they should release it on July 11.
2016 has proven to be a very good year for Pokemon fans. Aside from finally getting Pokemon GO, there?s also Pokemon Sun and Moon to look forward to. The two 3DS games are still quite a way away, since they won?t be coming out until Nov. 18, but the ridiculously hyped mobile game might make the wait more tolerable, if not downright fun. All three games were shown on E3, leaving many fans excited for them.
Numerous beta tests for the mobile game have left many field testers with mixed reactions for Pokemon GO. Some fans dig the combat, while others are disappointed at the lack of story or purpose. Now that the game will be released next month, fans can check it out for themselves and see if they will like it.