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With the recent announcement of Pokemon Let's Go for the Nintendo Switch and its ability to interact with Pokemon GO, players are returning to the mobile game en masse. If you're trying to get back into the game, here's a trick for levelling up fast and catching up to those who never quit.

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A year after Pokemon GO Fest's calamitous Chicago debut, the event is coming back. Anyone who heard about the misery its 30,000 attendees stood through might be a little surprised, but today, developer Niantic announced 2018's Pokemon GO Tour across Japan, Germany and the US between June 30 and July 1.

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When iOS 11 launched late last year, Apple created a gargantuan AR platform in one fell swoop. But while it was nice that the AR install base had grown exponentially overnight, the biggest winners were developers.

Instead of having to build the tech themselves, ala Pokemon GO, Apple's ARKit made it vastly easier for AR games to exist. Several months down the line, the amount of AR games on iOS has ballooned. But while the streamlining of the tech is impressive, there's still one major problem: the games aren't quite there yet.

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Once upon a time, there was an NPC Pokemon trainer called "Youngster Joey" who boasted that he owned a Rattata in the top percentage of all Rattatas. Players kicked his arse anyway, of course. Years later, Pokemon fans are still keeping Youngster Joey's memory alive by training truly powerful Rattata.

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Back when Pokemon Red and Blue came out, there was a rumour surrounding the elusive legendary, Mew. As kids around the playground told it, you could find the mythical Pokemon under a truck near the SS Anne. The rumour, though pervasive, was complete bullshit. But now, 22 years later, Pokemon fans are technically making the myth true.

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Pokemon GO player Rickey Yaneza stood in New York's High Line park, built on what was once a stretch of elevated train tracks, waiting for Mewtwo. It was an EX Raid, an invitation-only in-game event where teams of 20 players can fight to take down the game's strongest Pokemon and, if they win, add it to their rosters. He was surrounded by ghosts.

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Niantic has begun its roll out of the third generation of monsters in Pokemon GO with 50 critters from the Hoenn region, and more slated to come later in the year. More surprisingly, though, is that Pokemon GO is about to require going out into the rain and snow to capture every monster thanks to a new weather system.