Niantic, Inc and Nintendo are rolling out the global launch for Pikmin Bloom, a free-to-play mobile that app that tracks steps with the help of Nintendo’s little Pikmin. It’s rolling out now for iOS and Android platforms.

Pikmin Bloom uses the familiar AR technology in Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite to create virtual Pikmin as you walk. The more you walk, the more Pikmin seedlings will join you. Walking with Pikmin will cause flowers to bloom along your path. Feeding Pikmin the flower nectar will cause the flowers on their heads to bloom. Collect their petals to plant them and bloom more flowers, creating a colorful trail.

The walking companion tracks all of your steps and routes. You can also add your own notes and photos, creating a mini-travel log. Pikmin can also supply postcards of places you’ve been, which can be sent to friends.

Pikmin are little flower-creatures that originally debuted on the Nintendo GamCube. The Pikmin games combined platforming and puzzles, as you directed your cute little allies to solving challenges and avoiding hazards. Different colored Pikmin were capable of different abilities. The Pikmin series includes three games and a handheld spin-off. The most recent release was a re-release of Pikmin 3 Deluxe on Switch last year.

Pikmin Bloom is rolling out now for iOS and Android mobile devices. It’s free-to-play, and unclear how micro transactions will work.


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