The elusive Pokemon Go Plus is now available on Amazon in Germany for pre-order, if you can catch it.
Nintendo's Pokemon Go Plus accessory will be one of the hardest to get Holiday gifts this season. Demand for the Bluetooth bracelet will be huge. As reported, the Pokemon Go Plus is available for pre-order since last week at select European retailers including Media Markt. This morning the German Amazon store also had the Pokemon Go Plus wearable in stock for pre-order at the new higher 44.99 Euro price-tag.
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I received the in stock notification 30 minutes before I clicked through and the Pokemon Go Plus was sold out again. Either Amazon did not have a lot in stock or the demand is huge. Many Pokemon Go fans will have set an in stock alert as I did. The Media Markt online store still shows though the Pokemon Go Plus in stock.
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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.
Amazon confirmed the September 30 release date. Niantic has to release the nearby tracker and support for the Pokemon Go bracelet in the Pokemon Go app in time for the release of Pokemon Go Plus.
Pokemon Go Plus is still not available for Pre-order 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.
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.