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Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Stars Test Out Pokémon GO's Trainer Battle Feature

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Live-action Rurouni Kenshin film stars Takeru Satoh and Ryunosuke Kamiki tested out Pokémon GO's new trainer battle feature in what looks like a real-life version of the game's overworld.

An unlisted video shows Satoh and Kamiki taking a break at a nearby park and otherwise goofing around on the playground equipment while looking for Pokémon.

The new feature lets players battle any player they encounter by scanning a special QR code. Most players must be nearby each other to use the feature, but Ultra and Best Friends in the game can battle each other from any distance. Both players in a battle receive rewards, including rare Evolution items such as new Sinnoh Stones.

Players choose teams of three Pokémon to use in Trainer Battles. The previously revealed league system determines which Pokémon players can use in each battle. Trainer Battles have three leagues: the Great League, which has a maximum of 1,500 CP per Pokémon; the Ultra League, which has a maximum of 2,500 CP per Pokémon; and the Master League, which has no CP limit.

The ad debuted on television in Japan on Friday.

Mobile app data analysis organization Sensor Tower reported last week that the Pokémon GO smartphone game earned an estimated US$795 million worldwide in 2018, about a 35% increase over its revenue from 2017. Overall, the game has earned US$2.2 billion since its launch in July 2016.

Source: Pokémon's official YouTube channel via Tokusatsu Network (Brody Salzman)


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