Nintendo has announced that a wearable accessory for Pokemon GO, their augmented reality game for mobiles, will be released next month.
The accessory is called Pokemon GO Plus and works with “any compatible smart phone that has the Pokemon GO application installed”. It pairs via Bluetooth LE and, once everything is setup, will vibrate whenever a Pokemon is nearby.
“With the convenience of not having to look at your smart phone, simply press the button on the Pokémon GO Plus to attempt to catch a Pokémon while you are out and about,” Nintendo’s landing page says.
Miyamoto also confirmed that the accessory would be available for $US34.99; local prices for the wearable aren’t currently available.
Miyamoto showing off the Pokemon GO+ during a livestream
The implication is that Pokemon GO itself will be released in July as well, although nor Nintendo or Niantic has come out and expressly confirmed this. Nintendo added that you’ll be able to press a button within Pokemon GO that will be able to direct users towards a store selling Pokemon GO+.
Nintendo added that you can power or level up your Pokemon in Pokemon GO by collecting candies in-game. “If you catch 25 Squirtle, and you get 25 Squirtles a candy, if you use that you can evolve Squirtle to a Warturtle,” a translator relayed during the livestream.
You can rewatch the full announcement below.