Nintendo Delays Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter Release, Apologizes for Network and eShop Downtime

Dec 27, 2013 11:59 AM EST | By Luke Caulfield (l.caulfield@gamenguide.com)

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For the many hoping to get their online game on with their new 3/2DS or Wii U, it was a disappointing scene on Christmas morning, as the Nintendo network was jam packed with gamers all trying to get online.

Unfortunately, the delay continued into the next day, leaving the eShop inaccessible. "We apologize for the continued interruption of Nintendo eShop service and are working to resolve the situation. Thanks for your patience," the company tweeted. A similar message was posted on the company's Facebook page.

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The network problems have also resulted in the company's decision to delay the anticipated Pokémon Bank and Pokémon Transporter apps.

A post on Nintendo's Facebook page reads, "Hi, Pokémon fans. As you may know, we are currently experiencing a large volume of traffic on the Nintendo Network service. Due to the high traffic, we are postponing the launch of Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter until further notice. As a Nintendo standard, we strive for the utmost quality before launching any of our applications. We truly regret the inconvenience, and wish to reassure you that providing a solution is our top priority. We apologize for the delay and thank you for your continued patience.

The apps allows gamers to take their beloved pocket monsters they had collected in the original Pokémon Black and White games and their respective sequels, and move them into Pokémon X and Y. No word yet on when exactly the apps will make their debut outside of Japan, but we'll follow up when Nintendo provides something concrete.

Pokémon X and Y released last month to rave reviews as well as great sales numbers. As a matter of fact, Game Freak Director Junichi Masuda's recently revealed that since launch, over ten million of the little monsters have been exchanged since the game launched. It's also reported by Nintendo Life that Masuda expressed interest in making more Mega Evolutions.

The games represent a radical change for the franchise, the top down perspective having been replaced with more of a three quarter perspective, and battles look radically different. As per usual, players will see several new pokémon, 5 of which were teased in the game's trailer at the time of the announcement. There's the usual array of new starter Pokémon, and each game will play host its own type of new, legendary Pokémon. And what's more, a number of classic Pokémon have earned mega-evolutions they can transform into during battle.

No DLC is planned for the games.

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