Niantic’s ‘Pikmin Bloom’ mobile game starts rolling out Breaking News

Pokémon Go’s creator has a new augmented reality mobile game, and this time, it’s all about Pikmin. Niantic is now rolling out Pikmin Bloom worldwide, starting with Singapore and Australia where it’s already live. Similar to Pokémon Go, you’ll have to go out and interact with the real world enjoy the game. It’s really more of a fun and colorful companion for daily walks or hikes, though, since it doesn’t have battles and doesn’t have the incentive of catching rare monsters like Pokémon Go does.

In Pikmin Bloom, you’ll find seedlings when you walk that you can pick up and grow into plant-like creatures that’ll follow you around. The more you walk, the more Pikmin you can pluck and the more Pikmin will follow you around. Onscreen, you’re depicted as a Mii avatar, with a bunch of creatures walking behind you and making more flowers bloom along your path. You’ll also be able to collect items on your walks, including clothes Pikmin can wear and fruit you can feed your creatures to make flowers bloom on their heads.

Niantic CEO John Hanke said in the game’s video announcement that the flowers the Pikmin make can be viewed by other players, so you can create shared gardens with your neighbors. Pikmin Bloom is now live for Android and iOS in Singapore and Australia, and it will be arriving in more countries and regions “shortly.”

Tech executives testify on social media safety Breaking News

Facebook isn’t the only social media network that finds itself in the crosshairs of Congress. Today, executives from Snapchat, TikTok and YouTube were warned to do more to protect children or face government regulations. Nikole Killion has the latest.

Nazi war crimes suspect on trial in Germany Breaking News

A 96-year-old woman is on trial outside Hamburg, Germany, accused of being an accessory to the murder of thousands of people at a Nazi concentration camp. This could be the last trial of its kind. Charlie D’Agata reports.

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