Gamer Nick Johnson is the first person to announce he has collected every Pokémon in the popular mobile game Pokémon Go. That is, all collect 142 virtual monsters that user has confirmed seeing in the wild of North America.
So what happens next?
Off on an international trip to catch the Pokémon elsewhere in the world — underwritten by an international travel company.
Marriott Rewards has offered to sponsor Johnson to go to Europe, Japan and Australia to catch the regionally based Pokémon and finish his collection, he told USA TODAY Friday. A Marriott spokesman confirmed the trip.
Using GPS and augmented reality, the game developed by Niantic Labs invites players to catch the colorful Pokémon monsters best known from Nintendo games and trading cards of the 1990s. In the game, the monsters appear on real-life sidewalks and park benches when a player has the app open — a scenario that's encouraged a mass public-walking binge by millions.
"I feel great," Johnson said. "I was getting a lot of rest and exercise and meeting new people. I’m a lot healthier — I think I lost about 8-10 pounds."