People are pretty good at finding ways to turn mundane life into amusement. Making games out of ordinary tasks is kind of a special talent of ours, because we hate to be bored. But of all the things to try and derive entertainment out of, sleep is probably one of the most bizarre. And yet, Nintendo is coming out with Pokémon Sleep, an app that is exactly what it sounds like.
The idea is for Pokémon Sleep to pretty much do the same thing Pokémon Go did; make an everyday, healthy task fun. It’s kind of sad that there’s a product to be made in encouraging people to get rest, but at least Nintendo cares. First it was walking (and socializing, those madmen) and now it’s sleeping: Pokémon Sleep will supposedly reward players for sleeping well. It’ll track simple user sleep data through use of an accelerometer, along with the ability to connect with a person’s phone via Bluetooth.
That’s because, unlike Pokémon Go, this app won’t be on your phone. It will utilize a new device Nintendo is planning to put out, the Pokémon Go Plus Plus. Yes, that’s two plusses. A missed opportunity for a plus ultra joke if ever there was one. It’s a little disc that looks like a Poke ball and behaves very similarly to the already released Pokémon Go Plus and Pokéball Plus devices. If you’re already a Pokémon Go player, you’ll be able to put a Pokémon inside the device, which will then alert you to nearby Pokestops.
And so it seems that Pokémon can well and truly make anything fun and entertaining, though there are a lot of questions to ask in this time of vague details surrounding the device and the app itself. Will it function entirely as an accessory to Pokémon Go? Will it be playable (as playable as sleeping can be) on its own, without Pokémon Go? How exactly is it going to reward people for sleeping, and what’s stopping anyone from simply telling the device that they are sleeping even when they aren’t just to get those sweet goods?
For now, we don’t really have answers to any of these questions, since the project is still in development and not quite near enough for any of these questions to be answered properly by the people managing it. Speaking of those people, that would be Select Button, the group that developed Pokémon: Magikarp Jump.
Either way, it remains to be seen how exactly Pokémon Sleep will work, or how well received it will really be. But since we all sleep, and we ‘all’ love Pokémon, it doesn’t seem like there’d be much of a reason to skip out on getting Pokémon based rewards for sleeping, now does it?