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Pokémon Go is live in Japan (update)

Catching 'em all finally hits home

Pokémon Go is now available in Japan. Players in the franchise's native country can now download the smash hit mobile game for iOS and Android, which launched stateside earlier this month.

The Japanese iTunes store has it up for download, as does Google Play Japan. A Japanese launch was reportedly scheduled for July 20, making today's launch just two days late — it's currently the early morning on July 22 in Japan. Niantic delayed the Japanese debut last week due to server issues.

Still to be detailed is developer Niantic Labs' collaboration with McDonald's, which is also set to go live in Japan now that the game has launched.

Learn more about the free-to-play title in our video below. Find out the other countries you can — or can't — play the game in in our global availability rundown. For total beginners, check out our six tips for starting the game.

Update: We've added the Google Play store download link above. The Pokémon Company Japan also released a video with Junichi Masuda of Game Freak and John Hanke of Niantic ushering in the game's Japanese launch. You can watch that above.

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