Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, and Niantic have actually bloody done it. They’ve come through on the promise of an immersive augmented reality Pokémon game that gets wannabe trainers exploring the real world, while making m8s along the way. 
As evidence, you needn’t look further than the fan-led Pokémon GO Walk that ambled around Sydney Harbour this morning. The event totally came through on the promise of assembling stacks of players with the singular goal of… well, catching ’em all. 
If you weren’t lucky enough to be in that number, scope out some of the snaps taken at the event, and rue the fact your Krabby wasn’t snatched from directly underneath the Harbour Bridge:

All of the Pokemon Trainers are out for #PokeGoWalk Sydney!

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Such an awesome turnout for the start of the Sydney #PokeGOwalk!!

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Beautiful day to find some Pokemon!

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As an added bonus, it doesn’t even appear anyone in that number stumbled across a dead body, nor did they get into trouble with the 5-0. That’s a solid result all around, tbqh. 
Earlier, the Pokémon GO Adventure Party in Melbourne also saw some of Victoria’s most serious Ash, Misty, Brock and Professor Oak emulators charge around town in search of the more elusive critters:

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Look, if you were unfortunately tied up with employment or, God forbid, life outside of a phone app, there will be more opportunities for you to chuck yer balls: Melbourne is playing host to a party/piss-up in a few weeks’ time.
Residing in other capital cities? Don’t even worry, there are posses forming around you right this moment. At this stage, it’s Gyarados‘ world, and we just live in it. 

Source: Facebook.
Photo: @mr_poohbear / Twitter / @yugstar / Instagram.