The Pokémon Masters application, the latest mobile game from the popular Japanese video game franchise, surpassed 100,000 downloads on the Google Play platform in the first hours after its launch this Thursday.

The mobile game, which would repeat the success of Pokémon GO, is available for the iOS (Apple) and Android (Google) systems, and allows the player to engage in combat with the most iconic characters of the franchise, with more than 20 years of history. The app has had a turbulent launch, with servers saturated and many users reporting connection problems in the networks and data transfer from the beta version.

The game, in which the player will be accompanied by a single Pokémon, is free, although it has micropayment options to unlock characters or obtain objects that, in any case, can be obtained by playing, and is based on clashes of three against three. The game’s texts and menus are available in eight languages: Japanese, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean and Chinese, while in the case of voices, they can be selected between Japanese and English.

It is foreseeable that downloads of the application will multiply considerably in the next few hours, since in mid-August, the Google Play and Apple Store platforms had received more than 5 million previous registrations worldwide to get the application when it was available, according to figures provided by DeNA, the Japanese company responsible for development.

In a statement released on the occasion of the launch, the company announced that the first event of the game will take place from 3 to 30 September, and will be starring the Blue coach. DeNA has already partnered with Pokémon distributor Nintendo to create Miitomo, an app halfway between a social network and a messaging service featuring mii avatars, or Super Mario Run, which already has more than 100 million downloads on the Google Play platform alone. The most profitable plumber in the video game industry will be back on mobile on September 25 with Mario Kart Tour, the first game for these devices in the Mario driving series and one of Nintendo’s strongest claims. Its latest release, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch is, with 17.89 million copies sold, Nintendo’s biggest bestseller on the console, over titles like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (14.73 million) or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (13.61 million copies).

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