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Pokémon is Go...again

By Gary Crossing

Pokémon Go's first major update since its release in July, sees the addition of new characters and limited edition Pikachu sporting Father Christmas hats.

The new characters added to the augmented reality game include Togepi and Pichu, that were originally featured in Pokémon's second-generation Gold and Silver titles.

The limited edition festive Pikachu, meanwhile, can only be caught until 29 December.

The updates were made by US company Niantic, which developed the game under licence from Nintendo. Niantic say that more new Pokémon will be added in the coming months.

Pokémon from the series Johto are said to be coming to the game. Players won’t be able to catch them in the wild, but will have to hatch them from eggs that are picked up at Pokéstops.

The changes are thought to be being made to reinvigorate the hugely popular game which has been on the wane over the last month or so. When it was launched Pokémon Go smashed download records and sparked a global craze.

Pokémon Go is played on smartphones and allows users to interact with the real world using the phone’s camera and GPS capabilities.

Players see a map of their current location that is super-imposed with their character and all of the game elements.

As players move around, different types of Pokémon (rats, snakes dragons etc) appear, depending on where they are and what time it is.

For more information see our Parent's Guide to Pokémon.