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Google’s April Fools joke has you catching Pokemon!

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Every year for April Fool’s Day, Google puts together several elaborate pranks or fake products to make those in the tech community go crazy. It’s become something of a tradition so that we expect it, but one of the pranks Google is pulling today makes us wish something like this actually existed. Incorporated into Google Maps until April 2 is a Pokemon hunt, where you can catch 150 different Pokemon scattered across the world. The hunt starts at the Googleplex and from there expands across the globe.

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You might think since there are 150 Pokemon available that they’ve chosen to honor the original monsters, but that’s not the case. Browsing around the San Francisco Bay area I picked up an Emolga, Luxray, and Dedenne. If you want to try it yourself, just fire up the Google Maps app on your Android device and tap the search bar as if you’re going to look up a location. You should see a Pokeball icon and the words Press Start. That’s how you start your hunt. So get to hunting! You’ve got 150 Pokemon to catch in the real world!

And if you want to be a cheater cheater pumpkin eater, here’s a reddit thread that will help you out, but don’t say you got it from me.

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  • Bisylizzie

    Doesn’t start at the Googleplex for everyone, I started at CERN.
    Got the 150, trying to work out the whole thing with Mew.

  • Ducked

    Nintendo has confirmed Legend of Zelda on Wii U for fall 2014! The story follows after Majora’s mask. Omg can’t wait!

    • Ducked

      Isn’t april 1st terrible?

      • Wooopigsooie

        Or maybe you’re just terrible at April Fool’s… :)

        • Wooopigsooie

          Btw, have you read about the new tech Nintendo revealed as to coincide with their QoL platform? Really cool stuff. They have it posted over at Nintendo Life.

        • Ducked

          You were adopted! Loser…

  • Magnus Eriksson

    Hi folks. Sadly this is Ashleys last day here at WiiUDaily. But Im happy to announce that I will fill her shoes. From today I will be the new writer on WiiUDaily. I wont disappoint you. Now there will be daily truthful predictions on this site. Knife sharp analyses about Nintendo’s situation and of course game reviews. Also Im thinking about changing the 3DS section with a Vita section instead just to bring some interesting perspectives.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I approve of this

    • Donaald

      Nice try

    • andrewjcole

      Will you have taco giveaways? Please? And cake!

    • Commander Raichu

      can you make article concerning the ouya :D

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Dolphin emulator section :)

        • Commander Raichu

          thatll work :D

    • Zakariyya Al-Quran

      well why hasnt she said that yet and put the vita section in the ps4daily duh

  • Christian Schoff

    Gave it a try. It was way too boring.

  • Zuxs13

    I’ve caught 75 so far. Tokyo, Nintnedo HQ’s, San Fran and google, and CERN.

  • Roger Tyson

    “When April Fool’s Turns Tragic”

    Sure, it’s all fun and games…

    …until somebody REALLY gets hurt!

    [Note: The above is actually a 1 minute COMEDY video!]

  • SP-937-215

    Maybe this is a little hit at Nintendo for not taking advantage of some awesome mobile gaming opportunities.