The birthplace of Pokémon finally has access to its most wildly popular incarnation.

Pokémon Go launched on Friday in Japan, making it the first Asian stop for the mobile title that has topped the charts in every other country of its release.

Game maker Niantic announced that the game has “finally started broadcasting” in Pikachu’s birth country.

The heads of the game’s co-creators, Japan’s Game Freak and California-based Niantic appeared in a new video announcing the game’s arrival:

In the video, John Hanke, Niantic CEO, offered a nod to Pokémon’s origins, saying it “is a beautiful franchise that originated in Japan.” Read more…

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