Some bad news for Canadian Pokémon fans who might be looking to get the complete experience once the mobile app launches above the 49th parallel -it looks like the optional Pokémon Go Plus bracelet that can be paired with the game may have been delayed.
In an email I received from Amazon.ca about my pre-order for the Pokémon Go Plus, I was notified me that the item had been delayed. Originally I pre-ordered at the end of June and Amazon had expected the bracelet to be available by the end of this month. Their updated Pokémon Go Plus page now lists the item for a September 2016 release. That is a full two-month delay for the peripheral.
In part the email from Amazon.ca said:
“Hello from Amazon.ca.
We wanted to let you know there’s a delay with one or more items in the order you placed on June 29, 2016
“Nintendo Pokemon Go Plus – Not Machine Specific – Nintendo 3DS Standard Edition”
Estimated ship date: September 06, 2016″
Of course, it doesn’t matter if the Go Plus is available here or not while Pokémon GO is still unavailable in the Canadian Google Play or Apple App Store. This hasn’t stopped thousands of people in Canada from side-loading the game via an SD card on Android or changing the region of the IPhone in order to play the game. According to some unofficial statistics, Pokémon Go might be installed in as many as 6% of Canadian Android devices.
Nintendo has yet to provide a release date for Pokémon Go in Canada, but if you are playing the game in another country or through side-loading then you might find our Beginner’s Guide for New Trainers interesting.