Shares in Nintendo have jumped 14% as the soaring popularity of its Pokemon Go smartphone app showed no sign of abating.
AFTER more than doubling in value at the close of the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Tuesday, Nintendo's shares begun losing ground, partially due to a delay in the launch of Pokémon GO in Japan. Nintendo has referred any queries regarding Pokemon Go to Pokemon Company.
According to the National Police Agency on Wednesday, some 1.03 million domestic Android phone users have downloaded the "Pokemon Go" application thus far. The company previously said Japan will get the game by the end of July, but it looks like the release is now set for July 20th.
Earlier there was news that the game would be launched in 200 regions across the globe. The news has not only sent shockwaves to fans, but it has also sent Nintendo's stock spiralling down by 10 percent. The game has been made available in 26 more countries in Europe.
"When I was working on concepts for the future of Pokémon, a certain individual introduced a game to me that had just come out of beta test. It was called Ingress", said Ishihara.
Rather than pestering you with ads that can ruin the overall Pokemon Go playing experience, Niantic and Nintendo will be taking a different route.
In the augmented reality game developed by Niantic and The Pokemon Company, players travel around the real world to capture and train creatures known as Pokemon - the most famous of which is Pikachu.
"Wouldn't it be better to say that the Japan release will be in the autumn if the Pokemon Go release is delayed several times and cause this confusion?"
TechCrunch said the sponsorship would see McDonald's 3,000-plus fast food restaurants across Japan become "gyms", or battlegrounds, for Pokemon collectors.
McDonald's Japan said on Wednesday that it planned to collaborate on the game "soon".