I just pre-ordered the Pokemon Go Plus Bleutooth accessory from Europe's largest consumer electronics retailer Media Markt.
The Pokemon Go Plus bracelet is going to be the hottest Holiday 2016 gift. If only each 10th Pokemon Go trainer is going to get one of these Bluetooth wearables, Nintendo is going to make about $500 million in sales. Nintendo cancelled the initial release amidst the viral success of Pokemon Go.
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Nintendo has offered for a short time pre-order opportunity for the only hardware accessory for the Pokemon Go game. The Pokemon Go Plus Bluetooth bracelet was sold out right around the launch of Pokemon Go on July 6. End of July Nintendo decided to scrap the planned release of Pokemon Go Plus in July. The company announced to ship the Pokemon Go Plus in September.
Retailers are listing September 30th as Pokemon Go Plus release date, but no store has taken new pre-orders until now. I just pre-ordered the Pokemon Go Plus at Europe's largest consumer electronics retailer Media Markt Saturn. I am supposed to be able to pick it up at a store by September 30. The price of the Pokemon Go Plus is though now 44.99 Euro. It has been 39.99 Euro before.
This could mean that Nintendo has increased the price and the bracelet will not sell for $34.99, as initially sold at. The new price is likely $39.99 or even $44.99 in the United States.
Gamestop, ToysRUs and Amazon have the Pokemon Go Plus listed in their online stores, but the pre-order is not available.
If you are in a country where Media Markt Saturn is operating stores, you can pre-order the Pokemon Go Plus now. We have confirmed the following Media Markt stores in Germany, Italy, Sweden and Greece to take pre-orders for the Pokemon Go Plus bracelet.
The Pokemon Go Plus wearable will likely sell out in time for Christmas as Nintendo will struggle to make enough for the global demand. There are over 100 million Pokemon Go players. The Pokemon Go Plus is a neat device and shows off that you are a trainer.
What is the Pokemon Go Plus:
Pokemon Go Plus is a simple Bluetooth wearable device. The obvious attraction is that you can show off that you are a Pokemon trainer. With the 3rd party Pokemon Go Plus stickers you can even show off which team you are on.
With Pokemon GO Plus you do not have to look at your smartphone to spot nearby Pokemon or PokeStops. The wearable connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth low energy and notifies you about events in the game using an LED light and vibration.
The Pokemon GO Plus will begin to blink and vibrate whenever you're within range of a PokeStop. Press the Pokemon GO Plus button to search the PokeStop for items. If you find any items, swipe or tap them to add them to your inventory.
When a Pokemon is near, the light on the Pokemon GO Plus will flash. It will also flash and vibrate when you pass a PokeStop.
Once a Pokemon is close, press the button on the Pokemon GO Plus to throw a Poke Ball. You'll only be able to throw a Poke Ball using Pokemon GO Plus if you've caught the Pokémon before. The Pokemon GO Plus will flash and vibrate to let you know if you were successful in catching the Pokemon.
The Pokemon Go Plus could be used to find rare Pokemon, if Niantic enhances the support for the bracelets to configure filters and alerts for specific Pokemon. This could extend the Pokemon Go nearby tracker in a powerful way for advanced trainers.
Pokemon Go Resources:
As long as Niantic is not rolling out the Pokemon tracker feature in the app to all trainers, here is a list of available Pokemon Go maps, trackers and notifiers that trainers still are tempted to use.
Using any 3rd party Pokemon Go software can get your account permanently banned. This is especially true now with the "Minor Bot fixes" that Niantic introduced somehow with the new Pokemon Go app releases. Especially Pokemon Go trackers based on real-time scanning are getting their accounts banned fast. We recommend to hold off using any tracker for now. Or as a preventive measure, use tracker that are not directly communicating with the Pokemon Go servers and use an interim source of Pokemon location data like PokeDetect, which uses FastPokeMap as source.