GameStop just released the Pokemon Go Plus for in store pickup. You can reserve your Pokemon Go Plus now at your local GameStop Store as long as there is inventory.
Update 09/19: The Pokemon Go Plus has sold out in the first 24 hours of launch. Three online stores are offering the Pokemon Go Plus. Find out how to buy Pokemon Go Plus online. GameStop has removed the link to the store inventory list. The link to the store locator is though still live and shows stock levels for the Pokemon Go Plus. We cannot verify if the in stock information is accurate. We recommend to call your local store showing inventory and ask if the Pokemon Go Plus is indeed in stock.
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Update noon ET: GameStop is now offering the Pokemon Go Plus online.
GameStop has launched shortly before midnight Pacific an option to reserve a hold for pick up at store for the Pokemon Go Plus. The $34.99 Pokemon Go Plus in high demand and inventory is limited. Right now most GameStop stores we checked online have still inventory of Pokemon Go Plus. Some stores are flagged with having Low Stock.
GameStop has a Hold for Pick Up program since several years for select products. The Pokemon Go Plus qualifies and you can file a Hold for Pick Up At Store for the Pokemon Go Plus now. Check the inventory of your local GameStop store here and click on Pick Up In Store button. Then you fill out the form to Hold the Pokemon Go Plus for Pick Up At Store. See the screenshot below.
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Update 10am ET: GameStop locations are open on the east coast. Did you buy the Pokemon Go Plus at a GameStop this morning? If yes, please email us.
Update 9:45am ET: GameStop has removed the Pick Up In Store option. Now you need to visit a local GameStop store as early as possible. Most open at 10am local time, some stores have an early 9am Friday opening time.
It is not totally clear at this point if this will work, but it is definitely worthwhile to try. The process looks solid and GameStop is apparently trying to make the purchase experience of the Pokemon Go Plus as smooth as possible. Most GameStop stores open at 10am local time, but select stores open on Friday already at 9am. With the hold in hand, you should be able to get a Pokemon Go Plus. We recommend though to be at your local GameStop store as early as possible. Please email us, if you have successfully used the GameStop Pick Up In Store program here.
GameStop cautions that quantities may be limited. The retailer strives to provide accurate availability information. Item quantities are continually changing and availability information provided on the store inventory is approximate. GameStop is not able to guarantee availability.
The GameStop hold for pick up at store for the Pokemon Go Plus process also lets you chose a backup location. This is worth doing, as it is not clear how up to date the in stock information is. As said above, just fill out a hold to not leave any stone unturned to get a Pokemon Go Plus on launch day.
Pokemon Go Plus is only available at select retailers and so far no online store is offering it. GameStop stores will have the Pokemon Go in stock as well as the Nintendo Flagship store in New York. ToysRUs stores might have this Bluetooth accessory too, but that is not confirmed.
It will be interesting to see how the Pokemon Go Plus can be used at a Pokemon nest. It should be rapid fire alerts. A nest would be real test for the catch rate that is reportedly very low.
The Pokemon Go Plus has been received with mixed reviews from users who already got their hands on the device. Some find it incredible useful others hate the fact that the catch rate of Pokemon withe Go Plus are that low.
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Pokemon Go Plus works with the latest Pokemon Go app updates 0.37.0 (Android) and 1.7.0 (iOS). The Pokemon bracelet has been verified to work with the Pokemon Go app running in the background in locked mode. Egg and Buddy distances are recorded while the smartphone is in locked mode, saving valuable battery power.
Raiding PokeStop is extremely convenient with the Go Plus. After getting notified of the presence of a PokeStop, you just press the button and you collect all items. This works also great for lucky trainers that work or live next to a PokeStop. They can just every 5 minutes.
The Pokemon Go Plus wristband is also notifying you when there is a wild Pokemon. You can try to catch it by pushing the button to throw a ball. This is though less of a powerful feature. There is no guarantee that you catch the Pokemon. On top of that you do not know which Pokemon it is. You need to pull out your smartphone to check. If it is a rare Pokemon, you then can decide to use a more powerful ball.
The Pokemon Go Plus is compatible with iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, SE, 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices with iOS 8 or later installed.
The Pokemon Go accessory is compatible with Android devices that have 2GB RAM or more with Android Ver. 4.4–6.0 installed. Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth Ver. 4.0 or higher) is required to use Pokemon Go Plus on Android.
Read the first Pokemon Go Plus review with more details on how the Pokemon Go Plus works. The main advantages of using Pokemon Go Plus is the raiding of PokeStops with a push of a button. The second advantage is the tracking of egg and buddy distance while the phone is locked. That saves battery and you do no have to hold your phone. The catching of Pokemon feature is controversial. First users of Pokemon Go Plus report a rather disappointing low 30% capture rate. On top of that no XP and star dust is earned with the capture of a Pokemon using Pokemon Go Plus.
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