NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Brooklyn native who became the first person to beat Pokemon Go in North America is now traveling around the globe in an effort to capture them all.
CBS2’s Jill Nicolini reported Nick Johnson is the first person in North America to capture all 142 Pokemon. Johnson, who has been a fan of Pokemon since he was 8, never had any intention of winning the game when he started to play on July 6.
“My interest in that came from the interest in the work I do at Applico,” Johnson said. “It’s a subject that I’m passionate enough about.”
Johnson said he works more than 50 hours a week at the tech company.
“I would go out after work at about 6:30 and my girlfriend would meet me. We’d grab dinner and walk around, catch Pokemon,” Johnson explained.
Johnson said he got plenty of exercise in the process playing the popular app game.
“I played about six to eight hours a day after work and I walk about an average of eight miles a day,” he said. “I lost about eight to ten pounds in the process.”
After two weeks of walking through all five boroughs, and even a stop in Jersey City, he ended up at Grand Army Plaza at the entrance to Central Park where he captured his last Pokemon.
Pokemon trainers said that even though Johnson was the first to capture all of the Pokemon, that doesn’t discourage them.
“It still doesn’t take away from the feet of getting them all,” John Hemminger of Queens said. “It’s still an accomplishment to me.”
“I just want to fulfill my childhood dream,” said Dianna Wong of Brooklyn.
Muhammad Ahmed of Brooklyn said, “He may have all of them, but his might be a lower level than mine.”
Johnson will be heading to Asia, Europe and Australia to try to capture all of them.
“I’ll be leaving next couple of days and will be gone for the next week or so,” Johnson said.
All three companies responsible for making the Pokemon Go app have yet to contact Johnson to congratulate him, but he said he would love to work with them and help promote the game.