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Want to catch Pokemon in the real world? Well, the wait is over (provided you live in Australia or New Zealand). The augmented reality mobile game Pokemon Go has now launched in a limited number of countries around the world.

The free-to-play game uses your phone’s camera and GPS to populate the world around you with Pokemon. As you walk around, you can discover more of the creatures, battle other Pokemon trainers, fight for control of Pokemon Gym locations and, of course, catch ’em all.

Enterprising Pokemaniacs can download the game on iOS and Android if they’re based in Australia or New Zealand (if you’re having trouble finding it, try searching for “Niantic” instead of “Pokemon”). At the time of writing, the game hadn’t launched on the North American stores. Nintendo did not immediately respond to request for comment regarding wider release.

Niantic, an ex-Google startup, previously worked on a similar map-based, GPS-powered game called Ingress. Pokemon Go is Nintendo’s second foray into smartphone games, having launched the Miitomo social app earlier this year.

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Pokemon Go launches on iOS and Android – CNET