Brazil has hundreds of thousands of spectators, about 2,500 medals to distribute, 42 condoms per athlete and one controversial Olympics to stage this month. But it doesn't have Pokémon GO.
The wildly popular app where people can use their phones to catch animated monsters in the real world hasn't been formally released in Brazil. Niantic and Nintendo, the companies behind the free game, must know fans are getting restless, because they tweeted about the Brazil release date Wednesday.
"Working hard to roll out Pokémon GO to Brazil," the verified Pokémon GO account tweeted. "Stay tuned..."
Within a half hour of being posted, the message had more than 8,000 retweets and 14,500 likes. Other users simply responded to the tweet, writing things like "PLEAAAAAAAAASE! JUST DO IT!" and "pelo amor de Deus eu n aguento mais esperar," which translates to "for the love of God, I can't stand any more waiting."
Pokémon GO has been downloaded more than 100 million times, Engadget reported, and it's created rabid fans all over the world. Among them are athletes competing in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, starting Friday and going through Aug. 21.
"I wish I could run around in the village catching Pokémon," New Zealand's Anna Green told the Associated Press. "I just can’t get it on the phone. It’s fine, but it would have been something fun to do."
One athlete, a gold medal gymnast from Japan named Kohei Uchimura, accidentally incurred $5,000 in data charges for trying to play the game in Brazil, Yahoo reported.
Even Rio de Janeiro's mayor, Eduardo Paes, wants to train to be the very best. He wrote a post directed at Nintendo on Facebook last month saying, "Everybody's coming [to the Olympics]. You should come on down, too," according to the Washington Post.