【看英文中國郵報學英文】新北市於週三宣布，將與日本Pokémon公司合作，於10月3日至6日在新北大都會公園舉辦全台僅一場的《Pokémon GO Safari Zone》，提供眾多稀有寶可夢讓玩家抓寶，連南非獨有的「赫拉克羅斯」都有。此外，新北市於60處景點設置抓寶據點，讓遊客邊觀光邊抓寶。
New Taipei City announced earlier that《Pokémon GO Safari Zone》will open from Oct. 3 to Oct. 6. in the New Taipei Metropolitan Park and the Japanese Pokémon Company will together organize the four-day event, providing players with a chance to snatch a rare collections of lovely monsters, including secret beasts from South Africa. What’s more? Up to 60 locations across the city are set for catching Pokémon, encouraging visitors to explore New Taipei City along with their search of Pokémon.
“Pokémon GO” was released in 2016 and has instantly gone viral around the world, and its popularity has not dropped since then in Taiwan. Take “Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Tainan” as for instance, the 5-day event held in Tainan Chimei Museum last November attracted more than 1 million visitors and brought in over NT$ 1.5 billion in revenue. The event has left many people wonder what is the secret behind Pokémon’s global success.
“Pokémon GO” is a mobile game adaptation of the 20-year-old anime “Pokémon,” which has accompanied most of Taiwanese during their childhood in the 80s and 90s. Therefore, the sense of nostalgia is one of the main factors that fuelled the craze. What people are playing is more than a game, but a memory!
Furthermore, Pokémon has creatively combined the game and reality, encouraging players to go outside and take a walk while trying to catch a Pokémon. The game has also motivated the elderly to exercise more and maintain a social life with those that share the same interest.
The last reason might be that Pokémon GO can be played at any moment, any place, with no time restriction nor pressure to finish the game. Players can stop and pick it up again anytime they want.
By Joyce Lee