Pokemon dropped like a bomb on the iOS and Android app stores recently and the fallout has been far-reaching. It has become a social phenomenon with Pokemon trainers far and wide taking to the streets in droves to catch em all. Although Pokemon Go has not been officially released in Jamaica (Shame of you Niantic), I managed to get in on the action through the wonders on Android side-loading. My Samsung Galaxy S7 has been a slave to my Pokemon catching addiction since.
Pokemon Go has been a lot of fun for me despite the bugs (which are slowly being fixed). It seems to have tapped into a rich vein of nostalgia present in people like me who grew up in the 90’s watching the Pokemon anime and waging Pokemon battles using link cables in Pokemon Red, Blue, Yellow etc.
The original 151 Pokemon will always be the greatest
In my mind the original 151 Pokemon will always be the greatest. Catching them in this new app has me mumbling their names to myself when I catch them. Then there is the connection of scenes from the anime with the actual Pokemon I am seeing; who else remembers that Pikachu was gangsta when Ash just met him? What about that epic Magmar v Charizard fight in the volcano? I could go on and on.
Let me know if you play too!
At the time of this post I just dinged level 13 and proudly representing Team Valor. Anyone else playing Pokemon Go and enjoying themselves? Tweet me @Jamaipanese or leave me a message below. If you are in Jamaica join the Pokemon Go Jamaica Facebook page and lets catch em all together at social events! Also look out for my Pokemon Go vlog on my Youtube channel in the coming days.
Kirk is a proud Jamaican who started Jamaipanese.com in February 2006 and now lives in rural Japan. He enjoys sharing his experiences learning about Japan, personal milestones in life as well as interests such as photography, gaming and travelling.