Those who were hoping to download the app for Nintendo’s for new cloud storage service called Pokémon Bank will be very sad to hear that its release date has been delayed. Originally its Western release was scheduled to be December 27, but problems were encountered during its December 25 Japanese release.
Gamers around the world who tried to access the Nintendo eShop Christmas day were very frustrated and disappointed. Due to the increased traffic on the Nintendo Network, its servers were simply unable to handle everyone who rushed to the eShop after opening their gifts. According to a message posted by Nintendo’s support, players who were trying to set up Nintendo Network IDs or download content, either to their Wii U or their Nintendo 3DS, had problems during the holiday. And, while the company apologized for the inconvenience and attempted to reassure players that they were working on a solution, many were not happy.
Although customers in Japan originally had access to Pokémon Bank, its has also been pulled from the Japanese Nintendo eShop.
Nintendo reports that they are working diligently to upgrade their capacity before Pokémon Bank and it’s companion app, Poké Transporter, are finally released. There is no official word yet about when the new release date is expected to be; however, it may be soon. On Friday morning, Nintendo’s Facebook page announced that they would be taking the eShop offline worldwide between the hours of 4 p.m. and 4 a.m. ET in order to “manage the high volume of traffic and ultimately improve your experience.”
Although the problems began on Christmas day, the network still continues to be unavailable for many players. The latest network traffic update as of Friday morning states that the network services “may be intermittently unavailable.”
The long-awaited Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter apps will allow players of Pokémon X and Y to store and manage up to 3,000 pokémon in 100 boxes containing 30 pokémon each. Players will also have the ability to transfer pokémon from older games, like Pokémon Black and White and Black and White 2. In addition, the app will work with any future game releases.
Among the touted benefits of the service are the fact that it will keep a player’s pokémon safe in case his or her game is ever lost or broken as well as the fact that pokémon can now be easily moved between games without needing a second 3DS to make the transfer.
One of the special bonuses which is available with the download of this app is a free Celebi. The “time travel” pokémon will reportedly be level 10 when it is downloaded and will come with moves such as Heal Bell, Recover and Safeguard, as well as new move called Hold Back.
Nintendo was originally going to make Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter available for a free 30-day trial up until January 31, 2014, but it has not yet said if this date will be pushed forward to accommodate the delayed release date of the apps.
After the free trial expires, players will have to pay a nominal fee of $4.99 per year to continue with the service.
By Nancy Schimelpfening