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Pichu's to the rescue for 'Pokemon Go'

Smartphone game adds more monsters to counter waning popularity

Pichu, left, and Togepi are two characters that will newly appear in "Pokemon Go" from Dec. 13. ©2016 Niantic, Inc. ©2016 Pokémon. ©1995-2016 Nintendo / Creatures Inc. / GAME FREAK inc.

OSAKA -- As initial enthusiasm for "Pokemon Go" fades, developers of the blockbuster smartphone game added new characters on Tuesday to stimulate fresh interest. 

In a playfully suggestive update posted on Monday on the official Japanese website, the development team said Pichu, Togepi and other characters that originally appeared in the Pokemon Gold and Silver versions "may be found" and encouraged gamers to go hunting. In the Pokemon franchise, Pokemon Gold and Silver are second-generation games that were developed for stand-alone consoles. 

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