The PS4 and Xbox One may have been the most coveted consoles this holiday shopping season, but that doesn’t mean Nintendo wasn’t moving a few units of their own as well. The Wii U is suddenly a lot more appealing thanks to some new bundles, the release of one of this year’s highest rated games (Super Mario 3D World). In addition to the sudden spike in Wii U interest, the already successful 3DS continued to grow in popularity thanks to holiday price cuts and an incredible new installment in the Zelda franchise.
Nintendo fans definitely have some great games to ring in the New Year with, but all those new users seem to have taken the Nintendo servers by surprise. Thanks to all that new traffic, the Nintendo Network is experiencing some stability issues. Unfortunately, that’s bad news for Pokemon X & Y trainers who were eagerly anticipating this morning’s scheduled release of the Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter.
Nintendo released a support message this morning, which explained that the company has been experiencing service disruptions with its Wii U and 3DS eShop during the creation of Nintendo Network IDs. Nintendo and The Pokemon Company are postponing the launch of the two new Pokemon apps until the issues are resolved.
“We truly regret the inconvenience, and wish to reassure everyone that providing a solution is our top priority. We apologize for the delay and thank you for your continued patience.”
The applications, which were slated to launch in the US via the eShop this morning, do not have a new release date at this point. Nintendo also pulled the Bank and Transporter from the Japanese eShop due to similar traffic-related issues.
Once players can actually get their paws on the apps, which will cost them $4.99 annually, they will be able to store up to 3,000 Pokemon in the cloud and transfer Pokemon from the Black/White generation into their X & Y games. The features are primarily aimed at the more hardcore Pokemon fans, but the ability to transfer Pokemon from Black/White over to the new Kalos region is pretty appealing even to the more casual trainers.
By the end of 2013, most gamers have come to expect launch day problems for online features. Whether it’s Blizzard’s Diablo 3, Rockstar’s GTA Online, or EA’s SimCity; the last few years have taught us that the size and reputation of a developer does not directly correlate to its ability to smoothly launch an online game or feature. Hopefully, Nintendo prepares a fix quickly, before it loses some of its newly acquired customers…
How long do you think it will take for Nintendo to stabilize the eShop and get Bank and Transporter released? Sound off in the comments.
Pokemon X & Y are both currently available on the 3DS. The Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter do not have a new release date at this point.
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