And so it begins.

Google's always loved April Fools' Day and has used the opportunity for more than a few well-produced jokes. And, just like Black Friday deals and CES announcements, the new April Fools' Day is the day before April Fools' Day. And so Google's kicking things off with the Google Maps Pokémon Challenge. Says the YouTube description announcing the Pokémon challenge:

To catch 'em all, grab your Poké Ball and the newest version of Google Maps for iPhone or Android. Then tap the search bar, "press start," and begin your quest. And, follow Google Maps on Google+, Facebook or Twitter for hints and tips for the most dedicated trainers.

Clearly we're getting an early start on April Fools' Day this year, and if Google's past pranking behavior is anything to show, we've got plenty more coming today and tomorrow.

Source: Google Maps (YouTube)

 
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Damn, I wish Pokemon would come to android...

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Joshua Kelly says:

Its there.
Emulators n Roms bro.

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MERCDROID says:

This!

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Priyanka18 says:

Google isn't far behind in playing pranks. You can see pranks over every Google service out there, see itcse .com/2014/04/all-of-google-jokes-for-april-fools-day-2014/ for complete Google prank list.

Ben Joynes says:

Nintendo would never give up their ace, it would seriously hamper their DS sales. Luckily there are DS Emulators out there for Android.

Joshua Kelly says:

This is hilarious and awesome.
Especially because I'm actually on my 3DS playing Y version as I found this.

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MERCDROID says:

+1

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cdmta says:

Is that the Nexus 6?

MERCDROID says:

Is this an April Fool's question?

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JFMobile says:

No -_-

bluesun3030 says:

Yes, & I hear it is certified to work on the Verizon network.

And it cures AIDS, ends world hunger, oh and has a 4000 mah battery.

NoNexus says:

onl;y 4000? deal breaker right there

I know right. I could live without the curing of AIDS and ending world hunger. But the 4000 mah battery just isn't enough.

NoNexus says:

everyone has a breaking point... we gotta do what we gotta do

Wollombi says:

Meh, it needs a built-in lightsaber.

deparson says:

Android battery life has always sucked!

trolololo

fuzzylumpkin says:

It's the Google play edition Pokédex.

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fuzzylumpkin says:

I know it's not, but I choose to believe this is real. *I do believe in fairy-types! I do, I do!*

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I wish Pac-Man would come to Android.

frozencloud says:

found 28 so far

Zig261 says:

30 for me.

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Aftyn says:

I've got a Droid 2. Google maps is updated, but I don't see the pokeball when I hit search. D: Is my phone too old?

richardodn says:

Up to 32

JFMobile says:

Last year's Google Nose™ was great :D

jtc276 says:

Damn. Is it bad that I really wish this was real?

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Zig261 says:

What if your opponents Pokémon accidentally kills you during a match?

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jtc276 says:

Duh. I'll wake up at the Pokemon Center healed and ready to go.

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fuzzylumpkin says:

But half of the money in your bank account will be missing.

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TomW093 says:

I really wish this was real as well, so don't feel too bad.

Lavos13 says:

The interaction with Google Maps is real. Just go into the app tap the search bar and the start button appears under it.

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NerdyNugget says:

Looks like I'm accomplishing Absol-lutly nothing today but becoming the very best.

Like no one ever was?

NerdyNugget says:

To catch them is my real test

To train them is my cause

n0obpr0 says:

I see what you did there.

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Joshua Kelly says:

That's a pretty epic pun. Almost LEGENDARY.

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miknxn says:

This is awesome! I will find you Dragonite!

njo¡!

ryanmtech says:

he was the first one that popped up on mine.

kymoon says:

What do you mean April Fools? This is real!!!

jtc276 says:

It's not as real as what's shown in the video. Basically the real thing is just scrolling around Google Maps and clicking on Pokemon (which is still cool).

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ryanmtech says:

" (which is still cool) "

youre damn right it is :)

Wen Zhi Fong says:

thats not a joke.... ive already catched 10 pokemons so far :D

SO. MUCH. AWESOMENESS. :D

I wish this was really real!!!!

I love this so much. Makes me wanna fire up the old Game Boy Color

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arwaldon4 says:

So the Pokemon are only by Google in California....and I'm running around on Long Island (NY) looking for Pokemon. Darn

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Dregur says:

Not true, I found several up in Washington.

Good to know. I've hit a roadblock at 71 wandering around Cali

There's a bunch near CERN in Geneva.

rkopsie says:

Not true, found some here in Phoenix

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Rob220 says:

Where in phoenix?

rkopsie says:

Sky Harbor, downtown lol

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almarsh78 says:

Has anyone found lambtron or shoe?

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I've only found 22 so far out of 150 total. The hard part is figuring out how zoomed in you have to be to see one.

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expired says:

It's about the same amount to see the roads, maybe tiny bit more.. I'm on 35 so far.. There's a crap load in Mountain view

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Outlaw08Torn says:

Tokyo and the Galapagos Islands are FULL of them!

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+1 Thanks!

SpookDroid says:

I know this is supposed to be a prank, but MAN! would this make for a GREAT game! Pokémon meets Ingress...

Averix says:

LOL Exactly what I was thinking.

cpaight says:

Sydney and Tokyo have a bunch

acrewdog says:

I found three at Area 51

grydlok says:

I found some in tokyo

Uni Guy says:

Is that Pokéman Master hunt app for real? Lol.

ryanmtech says:

POST YOUR BEST FINDS! lol
from what i can tell theres one in almost every country's capitol.
lisbon, madrid, london, etc etc

B3njamm1n says:

I got all 150 Pokémon Master at your service

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uncool21 says:

I have all 151! Gotta catch mew to be a Pokemon master