Almost a year ago, Nintendo announced the cancellation of its planned quality of life initiative. Nintendo's new pillar should focus on non-portable devices that would focus on everyday aspects such as sleep.
Now, Nintendo, in collaboration with Pokémon Company and Niantic Pokémon GO Plus + (yes it reads plus plus), is developing a new device that acts as both a normal Pokémon GO Plus and as a sleep truck. In addition to having the worst title I've ever seen for a video game product, Pokémon GO Plus + seems to be a very unique experience. Just put it on your bed and as long as you don't turn it off your bed during your sleep, it uses its accelerometer to send information about your sleep to your smartphone.
Pokémon Sleep is a new game developed with Select Button, developer of Pokémon Magikarp Jump. Pokémon Sleep uses information such as sleep duration and the time you woke up to affect gameplay. The game releases in 2020.
For me, the problem here is that Pokémon Company is trying to make lightning strikes twice after the success of Pokémon GO. They want to make sleep fun, but personally, almost everyone I know already enjoys sleeping. So I think there must be a convincing hook with this game and the device to convince people to incorporate Pokémon into their nocturnal routine. Pokémon GO helped people become more active than before, but I hesitate to believe Pokémon Sleep can have the same influence. Since we have so little information, I'm still thrilled to see what the big hook will be.
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