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When your acceptance speech has a five-word limit you have to get creative. Niantic picked up five Webby awards this year, winning not only Best Mobile Sites & Apps – Games, but also Experimental & Innovation and Best Use of GPS or Location Technology, the latter two being both the Webby picks and the People’s choice.

Archit Bhargava, Global Marketing Lead for Niantic, accepted the awards and spoke on behalf of the company and said five words that have us excited – “This summer will be legendary!”


If this is a tongue-in-cheek nod to the appearance of legendary Pokémon, who knows if we’ll see all five from Kanto (ok, there’s five before mythical classification was introduced in Generation V) or all six from Generation II (or five if you think of Celebi as mythical, like Mew). If we’re lucky, Niantic will be back at E3 during Nintendo’s Treehouse Live presentations and we can get some more information regarding future updates.

We’re less than two months away from Pokémon GO’s first anniversary as the game debuted on July 6th in Australia and New Zealand. The start of summer is approaching even faster, it’s right after E3 on June 20th. Time to place your bets on a date for this legendary event?

In the meantime, if you’re enjoying Adventure Week and want to see more events like it in the future, Niantic e-mailed a survey link late last week. It’s very in-depth and written in mind for the whole spectrum of Pokémon GO players, so some questions about other pop culture and fandoms may cause you to scratch your head. It certainly made me when Twilight (yeah, that one) popped up.

Are you hoping to catch a certain legendary bird? What about Mewtwo? Will we be recreating a particular scene from the app’s trailer? Let us know!

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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)