Nintendo and developer Niantic are reveling in the success of their runaway hit #Pokémon Go, but this success may have a tipping point. The video game giant recently announced #Pokémon GO Plus, a wrist device intended to compliment the #iPhone and #Android app. This accessory can alert players of nearby Pokémon, at which point a button can be pressed to throw a Poké Ball and capture the creature in question. The add-on has been pushed back to September, originally scheduled for release at the end of the month. No explanation has been given for the sudden delay. The "Plus" expansion's setback could signal a slow but steady decline in popularity for Pikachu and friends.

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The continued success of Pokémon Go

Of course, that's not saying much when the American player count of Pokémon Go is currently 22 million, just a hair shy of the 26 million players at launch. In addition, the game was rolled out in Europe and Canada as well as Japan just a week ago, which only promises to increase the number of so-called "Pokémon Trainers." More players have also led to a higher amount of revenue, with Pokémon Go's estimated profits totaling a whopping $75 million as of yesterday. Among iOS users, more than $1.5 million is generated daily. Despite numerous controversies, including players trespassing on Arlington National Cemetery and a spate of accidents, the app is still going strong.

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Gotta catch 'em all...and fix 'em

The delay of Pokémon Go Plus comes on the heels of a slew of reported technical issues for the game's launch, including frequent crashing, server issues and buggy gameplay. These glitches have been present on both iOS and Android versions. It's possible that there are still a number of kinks to work out in the Plus accessory, and Nintendo and Niantic don't want to repeat the problems from the original release. This, in addition to fixing the core game's own glitches, would give a stronger foundation for players to keep catching Pokémon after the hype has (eventually) died down. Still, two months is a long time in the "blink-and-miss-it" world of fads and business. Time will tell if the wait for Plus will adversely affect the game's popularity.