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Google Maps Pokemon Challenge Hinted At Pokemon GO In 2014

An April Fools video called Pokemon Challenge, from Google, may have had a lot to do with Pokemon GO’s rise to prominence in recent weeks.

There was an actual mini game on Google Maps that involved catching Pokemon, though it was not nearly as comprehensive as Pokemon GO. Considering that the developer, Niantic Labs, use Goggle’s technology in their game, it’s safe to say that Google’s Pokemon Challenge video was not entirely a joke after all.

Pokemon Challenge
Pokemon Challenge Disclaimer / Google

This isn’t the first time an April Fools joke becomes reality. Just a few weeks ago at E3, a gadget called Smartboy (turns ordinary smartphones into Game Boys), that started as an April Fool’s joke last year, became a reality as it was funded and introduced to the public.

Pokemon Challenge Disclaimer / Google

For more on Pokemon GO check our Pokemon GO archive!

What do you think? Where they fooling around or was this part of the plan the entire time? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Written by Ethan Hall

I watch. I read. I game. I write.

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