Searching for Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go mania has firmly taken hold, as players armed with smartphones scour streets, parks, rivers, and mountains to capture creatures in the new augmented reality game. The free application is based on a 20-year old Nintendo Gameboy title in which players collect, train, and then battle Pokémon. The game was adapted to the mobile internet Age by Niantic Labs, the company that developed Ingress, a game that merged mapping capabilities with play. In the few days since it launched, Pokémon Go has been downloaded millions of times and Nintendo shares have soared. [22 photos total]

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Sameer Uddin, left, and Michelle Macias play Pokemon Go on their smartphones outside of Nintendo's flagship store, July 11, 2016 in New York City. (Drew Angerer / Getty) #
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The augmented reality mobile game "Pokemon Go" by Nintendo is shown on a smartphone screen in this photo taken in Palm Springs, California U.S. July 11, 2016. (Sam Mircovich / Reuters) #
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People play the augmented reality mobile game "Pokemon Go" by Nintendo in Bryant Park, New York City, U.S. July 11, 2016. (Mark Kauzlarich / Reuters) #
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A "Pidgey" Pokemon is seen on the screen of the Pokemon Go mobile app, Nintendo's new scavenger hunt game which utilizes geo-positioning, in a photo taken in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 11, 2016. (Chris Helgren / Reuters) #
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Jerimie Nason, center, plays the augmented reality mobile game "Pokemon Go" by Nintendo as people pass him on the street outside Grand Central Terminal in New York City, U.S. July 11, 2016. (Mark Kauzlarich / Reuters) #
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The augmented reality mobile game "Pokemon Go" by Nintendo is shown on a smartphone screen in this photo taken in Palm Springs, California U.S. July 11, 2016. (Sam Mircovich / Reuters) #
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Kate plays the Pokemon Go game on her phone at Southgate on July 13, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Robert Cianflone / Getty) #
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A virtual map of Bryant Park is displayed on the screen as a man plays the augmented reality mobile game "Pokemon Go" by Nintendo in New York City, U.S. July 11, 2016. (Mark Kauzlarich / Reuters) #
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From left to right, Zijia Ge, Jack Zheng, Ky Pham, and Tony Sun search for Pokemon on the top of Mount Eden on July 13, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Fiona Goodall / Getty) #
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A woman holds up her cell phone as she plays the Pokemon Go game in Lafayette Park in front of the White House in Washington, DC, July 12, 2016. (Jim Watson / AFP / Getty) #
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A man wears a Pokemon-themed hat as he plays the augmented reality mobile game "Pokemon Go" by Nintendo in Bryant Park, New York City, U.S. July 11, 2016. (Mark Kauzlarich / Reuters) #
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A man holds up his phone as he plays the Pokemon Go game on July 13, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Robert Cianflone / Getty) #
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Medical students Jag Chilana, left, and Scott Kobner, center, play Pokemon Go on their smartphones at Union Square, July 11, 2016 in New York City. (Drew Angerer / Getty) #
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A Pokemon appears on the screen next to a woman as a man plays the augmented reality mobile game "Pokemon Go" by Nintendo in Bryant Park in New York City, U.S. July 11, 2016. (Mark Kauzlarich / Reuters) #
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A man takes a selfie outside of Nintendo's flagship store, July 11, 2016 in New York City. (Drew Angerer / Getty) #
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A woman uses a portable battery pack to charge her phone while playing the augmented reality mobile game Pokemon Go by Nintendo in New York City, U.S. July 11, 2016. Players must keep the game open and their phones' GPS running to play the game, causing battery life to dwindle. (Mark Kauzlarich / Reuters) #
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David Melendez, center, uses three phones as he plays the augmented reality mobile game Pokemon Go by Nintendo in New York City, U.S. July 11, 2016. (Mark Kauzlarich / Reuters) #
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A sign outside of Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli advertises Pokemon Go related activities to passersby in San Francisco, on Monday, July 11, 2016. (David Hamilton / AP) #
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Theodore Belizaire plays the augmented reality mobile game Pokemon Go by Nintendo in Times Square, New York City, U.S. July 11, 2016. (Mark Kauzlarich / Reuters) #
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Pokemon Go players Ana Valentina Ojeda, right, and Jaeden Valdespino, second from right, check their smartphones as they look for Pokemon, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. (Alan Diaz / AP) #
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The augmented reality mobile game"Pokemon Go by Nintendo is shown on a smartphone screen in this photo taken in Palm Springs, California U.S. July 11, 2016. (Sam Mircovich / Reuters) #
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Theodore Belizaire plays the augmented reality mobile game Pokemon Go by Nintendo in Times Square, New York City, U.S. July 11, 2016. (Mark Kauzlarich / Reuters) #

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