Pokemon Go at Rio Olympics: Mayor Eduardo Paes invites Nintendo to Brazil
Could hunting for a Pokemon get any better? Maybe in Rio as the city about to host the Olympic Games is urging makers of the app to come down to Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro: Could hunting for a Pokemon get any hotter? Maybe in Rio, so the city about to host the Olympic Games is urging makers of the popular app to come down to Brazil.
The app, based on a Nintendo title that debuted 20 years ago, uses GPS and mapping capabilities in smartphones to let players roam the real world to find "PokeStops" stocked with supplies and hunt cartoon monsters to capture and train for battles.
"Hello Nintendo! There are 23 days until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Everybody's coming. You should come on down too," Mayor Eduardo Paes said on Facebook Wednesday, with the welcoming hashtag #PokemonGoNoBrasil (Pokemon Go in Brazil).
Since its release in the United States, Australia and New Zealand last week, the free Pokemon Go smartphone game that overlays play on the real world has triggered a major craze.
Some, like Paes, think people might enjoy hunting around the city's landmarks like Copacabana beach.
Half a million foreign tourists are expected in Rio for South America's first Olympics from August 5-21.
Ex-supermodel Gisele Bundchen will be in her native Brazil to host the opening ceremony.
The Olympics touch mostly the wealthy areas south and west of the city, where the real estate market was booming until a few years ago. Rio's northern favelas, the city's infamous slums, feel only a ripple, underscoring the vast gap between the rich and poor — the white, brown and black, in a divided city.
Brazil government has warned that it will shoot down any unidentified aircraft that violates the protected airspace around facilities of the Olympics Games.
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