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This Pokemon Go accessory will take your Pokemon game to a new level

Published Jul 19th, 2016 12:11PM EDT
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Is there anything that can improve your Pokemon Go experience now that you have Pokemon Go installed on you mobile device? Of course! There are ways of winning every gym battle regardless of your Pokemon’s experience. And there are ways to play the game without killing the battery of your iPhone or Android device, or or using up all your cellular data. There’s even an app that can help you find Pokemon characters faster than ever.

If all those tricks fail to satisfy your Pokemon Go hunger, then you can just throw money at Niantic and Nintendo for a better experience. But rather than in-app purchases, you could consider getting a special accessory made by Nintendo for the game, which will soon be available for sale.

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Called the Pokemon Go Plus, the device is a wearable accessory that you can put in your pocket or on your wrist. It’s the shape of a Google Maps pin, but it has a Poke Ball on top. The device lets you play the game without having to use your phone the whole time.

Whenever there’s a PokeStop nearby, the Pokemon Go Plus will notify you with LED flashes and vibration alerts. At that point, you’ll be able to pull out your phone — but you might not even need to.

When it comes to catching Pokemon, the device works by itself as long as it’s still connected via Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android handset. Once it blinks, that means a new Pokemon is nearby, and you can throw a ball to catch it by pressing the button on the Pokemon Go Plus. Voila… no need to use your phone.

Unfortunately, the Pokemon Go Plus accessory, which will probably be compatible with most iPhone and Android devices, isn’t available for purchase just yet. It’s listed on Amazon as “currently not available” right now, but hit this link and sign up for email alerts to be able to preorder or buy one as soon as it becomes available.

Nintendo and the official Pokemon store say the Pokemon Go Plus accessory will be released in late July, which means preorders should be available soon. The Italian Amazon store says the accessory will be released on September 1st.

Finally, the Pokemon Go Plus accessory costs $34.99, which is pretty reasonable. Think about it this way: At least you won’t have to recharge your phone constantly to play Pokemon Go.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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