Years before Pokemon Go was coaxing reluctant gamers out of the house to catch cuddly critters, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company gave us the Pokewalker. The Poké Ball-shaped pedometer came with Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver, and allowed you to level up your favorite pocket monsters simply by walking. You could even use the device to catch Pokemon, which you could then transfer back to your game. In a very real way, the Pokewalker was the primitive predecessor to Pokemon Go.
Five new versions of Pokemon have come out since HeartGold and SoulSilver, so most people long since banished the Pokewalker to the back of the junk drawer, but one Japanese Pokefan remained loyal to the device. Twitter user Suica Pokeca has been toting around his Pokewalker for over seven years, and yesterday he finally maxed it out.
Upon hitting 9,999,999 steps, Suica got a congratulations, and a message stating, “You finally achieved 9,999,999 steps on your Pokewalker!” Here’s the proof…
苦節7年、ついにポケウォーカーカンスト達成！！ pic.twitter.com/0B87m0jrNF— スイカ (@suica_pokeca) March 14, 2017
That’s a lot of steps! For the record, it takes around 10,000 steps to walk 5 miles, so 9,999,999 steps equals approximately 5,000 miles. That’s about the distance from Maine to Hawaii. Not bad!
Some people have found ways to game the Pokewalker in the past, shaking or bouncing it to rack up fake steps, so we already knew it was possible to max out the device. That said, this may be the first time somebody’s done it the honest way. According to Suica, he probably could have hit the limit sooner, but he typically bikes around town rather than walking.
So, what’s Suica going to do now that he’s taken the Pokewalker to its limit? He doesn’t say, but hey, he might just want to give Pokemon Go a try if he wants to stay active.
[via Rocket News 24]