Pokemon Go: update or no?

Pokemon Go: update or no?

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Holden Foreman, web editor

We came. We saw. We flicked Pokéball after Pokéball at the virtual creatures inhabiting cars, parks and even our own homes. And then, as suddenly as we had started, we stopped it all. Pokémon Go was a global phenomenon for a couple months, but it quickly faded into oblivion, as a plethora of bugs and a lack of lasting content convinced players to return from virtual reality to the more intellectual world of Snapchat stories and Twitter feeds.

Now, developer Niantic is attempting to make up for past failures with a new update, which adds six “new” Pokémon to the game. For avid Pokemon fans, names like Togepi, Pichu, Elekid, Magby, Smoochum, Cleffa and Igglybuff will ring a bell. But for anyone who hopped onto the Pokemon train over the summer, these baby Pokemon should provide a fresh, albeit brief, boost of content to the ever-declining game, for which phys.org reported a $14 million drop in daily revenue (excluding the 30% app store fee) from the app’s July launch to mid-September.

Cleffa and Igglypuff hatch from 2 km eggs, while Pichu and Togepi hatch from 5 km eggs, but the other three monsters hatch from 10 km eggs, making them rare finds indeed. Overall, the update adds relatively little to like, given the astonishing 802 species of Pokémon available in the main-series games. But for anyone still running around town in search of gyms to conquer, Pokémon Go’s newest additions offer a brief glimmer of hope.

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