So you say you’ve caught ’em all. Get ready to catch some more. New Pokémon are hatching, the maker of Pokémon Go announced Monday.
“Professor Willow has discovered Togepi and Pichu hatching from Eggs! Starting later today, Trainers will have the opportunity to hatch these and several other Pokémon that were originally discovered in the Johto Region in Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games. These are the first of more Pokémon coming to Pokémon GO over the next few months.”
Those new Pokémon are probably from Generation 2, but players were hoping for more from what was billed as a big announcement Monday, perhaps a release of 100 or so new creatures. But for now, just a handful are arriving, and they must be hatched from eggs.
Niantic also announced that, starting on Monday, a limited edition Pikachu will be wearing a festive hat to celebrate the holiday season.
Overland Park-based Sprint on Wednesday announced a partnership with Niantic in a bid to pull fans of the popular location-based game into more than 10,500 of its stores in the United States.
Beginning Monday, Pokémon Go players can go to Sprint, Boost, and Sprint at RadioShack locations to recharge phones, get data plans, collect in-game items, including Poké balls and eggs, and battle with their favorite characters.
Niantic also announced a partnership with Starbucks.
Still no word on the rumors of a holiday promotion in which the game will double the amount of XP you receive for catching and evolving the creatures or defeating them at the gym.
In addition to the new Pokémon, new holiday getups, Pokémon gender and sparkly Pokémon are said to be on the way.
Some players are hoping legendary Pokémon such as Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and Mewtwo are finally released into the game, and there is also speculation about the introduction of player vs. player battles and trading.