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Google kicks off April Fools with Pokemon challenge

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March 31
4:38 PM 2014

April Fools has reached Japan after Google pulled jokes on the first day of the month. According to TNW, anyone with a smartphone can be a part of the Pokemon Challenge on Google Maps. After catching a pokemon, you would get the title of Pokemon Master.

Every aspiring trainer can now take part of the challenge from the convenience of their own phones. The challenge to hunt down Pokemons is available on either iOS or Android operated devices. Users simply have to launch Google Maps and tap Search found above the screen. A start option can then be seen with a blue Pokeball icon. This signals the start of the classic Pokemon quest.

Google was presumed to have Nintendo’s permission to use the Pokemon Challenge on its app. In the video below, you will notice that it showcases an AR mode like that of Pokemon Snap’s on Nintendo 64.

Have you caught your Pokemon on your Google Maps?

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