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Pokémon GO has already taken the world by storm, and now the unstoppable tide has come to Canada! For all you aspiring Trainers out there, we thought we’d put together a little look into the game to help you truly catch ‘em all!
What is Pokémon GO?
Pokémon GO is a “free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game” that uses the popular Pokémon trademark and characters. In a nutshell, you download the app onto your iOS or Android device and walk around. The screen will display a real time map of a Pokémon Trainer on your current location as well as the street map of your area (using data and GPS).
As you explore the world, you’ll stumble upon wild Pokémon, which then appear on your screen in front of a real time video of your surroundings, and are available to be caught (by simply flicking a Poké Ball at them on your screen) and trained! You can catch all shapes and sizes, so it’s up to you to move around and see what’s out there. Who knows, there might be a Charizard lurking just around the corner!
This isn’t the first game to use this sort of augmented reality technology, but it is the most successful. In the short weeks since the game started its worldwide rollout, it has dominated pop culture, the download charts, and the free time of millennials (and everyone really) across the world! If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, there’s still plenty of time.
Gotta Catch ‘Em All
Pokémon GO allows users to find and capture all 151 original Pokémon. To ensure you know what you’re looking for, we’re going to name them all! Deep breath…Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Charmander…um, never mind, this was a bad idea. To save us all a bit of time and sanity, why don’t you just check out the complete Pokédex.
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One of the most unique features of the game is that the Pokémon you find change due to your location. Near water? You might stumble upon a Horsea or Magikarp, whereas the forests offer up different treats altogether! I can speak from experience that my house appears to have an incurable infestation of Weedle’s (not the most exciting Pokémon to be sure).
Now at Continental Currency Exchange, you can bet we’ve greeted the arrival of Pokémon GO with unabashed excitement! Some of our team has already started to build some pretty impressive collections. But we also want you, our clients, to become the best Trainer you can be! This isn’t just a Canadian phenomenon remember. While cities like Toronto are home to Pokémon around almost every corner, these unique creatures have populated the entire world! At Continental we offer the foreign cash you need to fund your global Pokémon adventure…just be sure to let us know where the best spots are!
We’re all Pokémon Trainers
There hasn’t been a gaming story like Pokémon GO as long as we can remember. All around the world we’re seeing aspiring Trainers of every age meeting new friends, taking gyms together, and exploring interesting places…all in search of these elusive Pokémon. Now, in the time that we’ve taken to write this and you’ve read it, I’m sure we’ve let some rare Pokémon slip through our grasp. So get back out there and GO Team Mystic!
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