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This article was published on September 19, 2016


Nintendo’s $35 wearable lets you play Pokémon Go without pulling out your phone

Nintendo’s $35 wearable lets you play Pokémon Go without pulling out your phone
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At long last, Nintendo has finally launched its Pokémon Go Plus wearable, which pairs with your phone to enhance your experience of the AR game and hopefully make it more fun to play.

The $35 accessory is essentially a Bluetooth-enabled device that you can attach to a belt, pocket or strap, and also comes with a lanyard bracelet. Once you pair it with your phone, you’ll be able to play the game without having to keep your screen on all the time.

 

Nintendo's Pokemon GO Plus wearable can alert you when Pokemon are nearby
Nintendo’s Pokemon GO Plus wearable can alert you when Pokemon are nearby

The Pokémon Go Plus will vibrate to let you know when you’re near a PokéStop or a Pokémon, and it’ll light up in different colors to indicate whether it’s either of these. You can press the wearable’s button to collect items from a PokéStop or attempt to catch a Pokémon.

TechCrunch notes that the wearable also supports additional features like step tracking for hatching eggs and buddy training, as well the ability to catch Pokémon you haven’t previously come across.

If that’s piqued your interest, you can grab one from Amazon, GameStop and Nintendo UK’s online shop.