Pokémon is cool again! Trainers and gamers are pumped after Niantic dropped a bunch of new Pokémon, including Gen 2 wish list monsters like Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile. Gameplay mechanics have been updated. This is a big deal for fans.
Could this update mark the beginning of a Pokémon revival, bringing Americans back to the good 'ole days before the entire world was consumed by Donald Trump and the "Cash Me Ousside" girl?
The update appears to have sparked fresh interest in the game, which morphed into a phenomenon when it first launched last summer. According to App Annie, Pokémon Go jumped from the 77th most popular app on Google Play on Friday to third as of Tuesday.
No, "Pokémon Go" is not cool again. It's the same tired game, now with some new, totally unrecognizable Pokémon that no one cares about it. The game is lacking so much functionality that the update is just another missed opportunity for Nintendo and Niantic. If you were bored before, you will still be bored now.
But I think there’s another crowd who will look at the game, see a bunch of new Pokémon (most of which they’ve never heard of) and no other real changes. This update has not brought with it a much-needed update of the gym/battling system, which is not terribly engaging or in-depth. This update has not introduced some major new addition to the game like NPC enemies, which would be something from the handheld that would work well in GO and give players something new to do. Instead, the endgame is still the same. Catch ‘em all. Good enough for some, not enough for others, it seems.