Pokemon Go pursuit reaches US military bases overseas
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The global pursuit for Pikachu has extended to American military facilities overseas.
Pokemon Go, a new augmented-reality smartphone game layered over the physical world, sends players to real-life locations to capture virtual pocket monsters, or Pokemon. The app — based on a successful media franchise that spans video and trading card games, animated television shows and movies, comic books and toys — is a smash hit, shooting to the top of download charts since launching last week in a handful of countries, including the United States.
Pokemon Go seemingly went live in Japan Monday. It turned out to be a server test and new Pokemon trainers only had about an hour to play. During that time, cute characters were spotted in western Tokyo on Yokota Air Base, headquarters of U.S. Forces Japan and the 5th Air Force.
An orange Pokemon called a Charmander, which resembles a salamander with a burning tail, was apprehended in the lobby of the 374th Medical Group hospital, and a Squirtle — a blue, turtlelike Pokemon that can hide its shell and spray enemies with water — was spotted in Stars and Stripes’ Yokota office.
Airman 1st Class Joshua Butler, who works for Yokota’s 374th Civil Engineer Squadron, found a Charmander in his living room while home on leave in Nebraska but said, “I haven’t found any Pokemon in Japan yet.”
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