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Pokémon Go Release Date: Game finally launches in Japan

Most of the world now has access to Pokémon Go, with Japan finally getting the game after weeks of waiting. For those still without the game, your release date news is right here.

By now, you’ve probably become addicted to Pokémon Go. But the wildly popular mobile game isn’t available everywhere yet, leaving some poor souls bereft of all the Pokéfun.

It’s no surprise developers Niantic have taken their time rolling out the game worldwide, considering the seemingly constant server issues it has suffered since first launching in Australia, New Zealand, and the US.

UK players eventually got access after a week or two, with 26 more countries getting an official launch last weekend. But there are still some countries waiting for their chance to catch ’em all.

In these cases, we’d expect Pokémon Go to land in your country sooner rather than later – our educated guess would be some time later this week. Keep an eye on this page and we’ll update it as soon as we know more.

Watch: What is Pokémon Go?

Related: Pokémon Go Launch – 7 bizarre places Pokémon have been spotted

In the meantime, there are a couple of workarounds that we’ve discovered to (maybe) help you get the game ahead of time.


Just follow our step-by-step guide to downloading Pokémon Go for Android and iOS.

Note that since these are unofficial ways to grab Pokémon Go, they may not work for everyone – although we did have some joy with them ourselves prior to the official UK launch.

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What do you make of Pokémon Go? Let us know in the comments below.

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