Pokémon Smile Coming to Smart Phones

Nintendo announced Pokémon Smile, now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Nintendo announced Pokémon Smile, now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play. / Courtesy of Nintendo

Nintendo announced Pokémon Smile during a Pokémon Direct on Wednesday, bringing another augmented reality Pokémon game to smart phones.

Pokémon Smile is an app designed to encourage children to brush their teeth. Using a phone's front-facing camera, the game gives the player an AR Pokémon hat while they brush their teeth plus directions to brush different parts of their mouth. Bacteria will appear on-screen, menacing virtual Pokémon, and brushing one's teeth in the right way will defeat the bacteria, saving the Pokémon.

Pokemon Smile App

Saved Pokémon can be caught and added to the player's Pokédex.

Players can also take photos and decorate them with Pokémon stickers, or set a reminder to brush their teeth at a particular time.

As the game's trailer is careful to note, it is not intended to prevent or treat cavities, and it does not guarantee players will "gain a liking for toothbrushing or make it a habit."

Pokémon Smile is available from the iPhone App Store and Google Play.