Update: Yikes. Thanks to everyone who expressed their concern that this is fake. We’re doing some digging. Stay tuned!
Update #2: We tried to remedy our mistake here.
A teenager from California was playing Pokémon GO Tuesday evening when the Psychic-type Mythical Pokémon Mew suddenly appeared before him.
After learning about his experience on Twitter, Nintendo News caught up with 19-year-old Corey Selby from Nuevo, a small rural town located in southern California. “It was late at night, around 11:30 p.m.,” Selby told us. “It actually showed up in my room! I used my last Incense and it took five or six Great Balls. I was freaking out when I saw Mew.”
Selby started playing Pokémon GO when it released into the wild last week. “I play when I have free time, before and after work, and sometimes on my days off.” Selby is currently a level 13 Trainer and proudly represents Pokémon GO’s blue-colored alliance, Team Mystic.
Pokémon GO, while completely free to play, offers in-app purchases for items and upgrades, but Selby hasn’t bitten yet. “I have not spent any money on the game, and I’m trying not to,” he said. “I figured out that you can get free PokéCoins by placing your Pokémon inside the Gyms. I’ll keep doing that for the time being.”
In addition to his new catch, Selby says he doesn’t have too many other rare Pokémon. “That’s why I was especially surprised to see Mew show up!”
Selby “loves how Pokémon GO gets you outside to meet new people, but hates all the bugs.” He’s looking forward to more software updates and multiplayer options for trading and battling with friends. He and his brother have been playing Pokémon since the Game Boy days.
As far as Nintendo News knows, Selby is the first documented Trainer to catch a Mew in Pokémon GO. Other highly popular Pokémon such as Mewtwo, Ditto, Zapdos, Articuno, and Moltres have been recently discovered in the game’s files.
Selby provided Nintendo News with a batch of screenshots from his exciting experience.