It’s time Google gave Google Maps Pokemon an official reprieve

Apr 9, 2014
It’s time Google gave Google Maps Pokemon an official reprieve

With respect to the Google Doodles archive of every Doodle since the year 1998, I must request that Google archive the Google Maps Pokemon Adventure as well. It’s likely Nintendo wouldn’t have people continuing to use their Pokemon characters for much longer than a week or two outside their immediate jurisdiction, but it would be so, so very nice if they would have a change of heart.

When we first heard of the Pokemon Adventure inside Google Maps, it seemed like a fun one-time video note from Google. Below you’ll see that video, and you’ll see why it seemed like a one-shot without follow-up.

It’s all so extreme - it couldn’t be real, right? As it turned out, it was all partially true. While we’d have loved to see the Pokemon Snap-esque collecting of Pokemon as described here, instead Google delivered a slightly more limited experience.

Instead we were given Google Maps both mobile and desktop-based with Pokemon in 150 locations. Not up close, but from above, and searchable by the whole world, too.


The community responded by going Pokemon-nuts, finding the entire collection with a group effort, then turning around and finding the 151st Pokemon as well: Mew! Google even extended the use of Pokemon on Google Maps for those users who’d collected 5 or more of these monsters before the end of April Fool’s day.


But now we’ve come to a point of realization - these Pokemon can’t stay forever. Users will have to head to the Minecraft Pokemon or the Pokemon NXT Alpha we saw earlier this week to play online.


So I wonder - is it within Google’s grasp to collaborate with Nintendo to either archive the Pokemon Adventure system or develop it further? Is it the right time for a massive-scale expansion of the world of Pokemon in an augmented reality universe?

Here's hoping!

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