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Pokémon Bank’s rocky Japanese debut causes Western release to be delayed

by on December 27, 2013
 
Pokémon bank US release delayed.

Pokémon bank US release delayed.

We have a bit of bad news for Pokémon fans outside of Japan. You’ll have to wait a bit longer before the highly anticipated Pokémon Bank storage application will be available.

This news comes after the application helped contribute to the Nintendo Network’s server outages. While most of the blame can be placed on the “Hordes of new Wii U and 3DS owners spawned by yesterday’s holiday”, as our friends at Joystiq put it, the bank has been attributed as causing more of a traffic crush than expected, which compounded on the traffic problems the company is experiencing. As a result, Nintendo has removed the application from the Japanese eShop.

In addition, Nintendo posted a notice on their official Facebook page that states,  “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.”

We will keep you updated as we learn more.

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