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Pokemon Go was an April Fool's joke before it became a huge hit

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Monday, July 18, 2016 - 05:50
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While Pokemon Go is free to download, people can enhance their performance within the game by buying Pokeballs and other items that make it easier for players to find and capture Pokemon.

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POKEMON Go, the location-based mobile game that has become a massive hit, began as an April Fool's joke.

In 2014, Google unveiled "Pokemon Challenge" for Google Maps complete with a promotional video, inviting users to find and capture the cutesy fictional monsters