Even the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Wants Pokémon GO

Even the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Wants Pokémon GO
Eduardo Paes: (Image: Michael Kappeler/dpa)

Pokémon fans in Brazil are excited to play mobile blockbuster hit Pokémon GO, but the mayor of Rio de Janeiro also wants to catch the action.

To say Pokémon fans in Brazil are head-over-heels about Niantic’s new augmented reality game on Android and iOS is an understatement — they’re like a pack of wild dogs who have bonded together in hopes that they too will be able to catch virtual pocket monsters out in the real world. And that’s a good thing.

(The level of Brazilian support for the new game is, frankly, unlike anything I’ve witnessed thus far.)

Even Eduardo Paes, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, took to Facebook earlier today to share some words and light-hearted Pokémon GO Olympic photos with Nintendo. Translated with the help of Nintendo News reader Felipe Q., here’s what Mr. Paes had to say:

“Hello, Nintendo! There’s only 23 days left until the Rio Olympic Games 2016. Everyone is coming over here. Come too! #CidadeOlímpica #Rio2016 #PokemonGoNoBrasil”

Mr. Paes’s Facebook post, published about eight hours ago, has already commanded nearly 5,000 Likes, close to 3,000 shares, and 1,200 comments. The spark that ignited the wildfire was the accompanying hashtag #‎PokemonGoNoBrasil‬, which immediately sent Brazilian Pokémon Trainers into a frenzy.

Since debuting on July 5, Pokémon GO has made its way to the United States, Australia, New Zealand and, most recently, Germany. However, The Pokémon Company has promised fans in Canada, Europe, and South America that the game is “coming soon.”

Just yesterday, less than one week after releasing, Pokémon GO racked up more than 10 million downloads on Android devices in the U.S. alone. That number continues to grow at an unstoppable rate. The questions is whether or not the Poké craze can sustain its momentum.

Pokémon GO Photos From Mayor Paes

Even the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Wants Pokémon GO

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  1. Rio de Janeiro is bankrupt, health is dire, education, transportation, everything is in chaos and much money was stolen for the Olympics to take place here without as well as the World Cup. I’m assiduous fan of Pokemon and very much hope the release of this game, but we can not give morale to a mayor who does not think of its people.

    • Cala boca ricardo, tu mora nesse lixo de pais desde quando nasceu e agora que ta mostrando preocupação com o Caos do Brasil? todo lugar no rio de janeiro tem assalto e mortes, procura na lista das cidades mais violentas do Brasil, se você achar o Rio de Janeiro nela, você volta aqui, Hipocrisia de merda!

      • Chora CariocaSincero, sua cidade só tem mala meu amigo! Vcs elegem os piores políticos do Brasil. Todos a favor de direitos humanos para bndidos!


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