Fighting with thousands of other onlookers just to get your player character to move in the right direction? Pffft. That’s so two months ago. Now we’d rather play Pokémon the way that God and Nature intended: by trotting about on an itty bitty treadmill.
The gameplay footage in this Virtuix Omni is ported from a fan-created Minecraft-inspired version of Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal entitled Pokémon 3D, which was first launched in August 2012 and is currently on version 0.46. It’s obviously not as flashy as the animation in the latest 3DS games, but when all’s said and done, I think I’d rather prefer to run around in the old-school pixelated Pokémon world of my youth. For one thing, the music is way better.
If you’re jonesing for a Virtuix Omni of your very own, they’re currently available for pre-order at just under $500 — not a bad price compared to other treadmills on the market, though you’ll have to buy the Oculus Rift headset separately. Pokémon fans who don’t want to wait can currently download Pokémon 3D for Windows on the game’s website.
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