Pokemon Bank Service Taken Down Due To Nintendo Server Troubles

By Ishaan . December 26, 2013 . 1:57pm

On December 25th, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company launched the Pokémon Bank cloud service in Japan, but just two days later, the service has been taken offline.


This isn’t due to something being wrong with Pokémon Bank itself, but rather because Nintendo’s Nintendo Network and eShop servers have been overburdened this past week, both in Japan and the west.


The server troubles, which Nintendo seem to indicate are being caused by a higher than anticipated number of people attempting to create Nintendo Network IDs, are preventing people from creating their accounts on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and also from accessing the Nintendo eShop in some cases.


As as result, the release of Pokémon Bank in North America and Europe appears to have been delayed. Serebii.net reports that the app’s release date is now listed as “TBD” (To be decided) on the eShop in both regions.


It appears as though Nintendo aren’t the only platform maker that have been experience server troubles this Christmas. Polygon report that Microsoft, too, were having service trouble a day ago.

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  • KrazyBean

    This was to be expected considering how many people have this game…regardless though, it’s still disappointing.

  • Marcus J. Hopkins

    I mean, I get that Nintendo’s a brand new company, and everything, but, you’d think that, even with how young they are, they’d expect increased traffic on Christmas Day and on the day of one of their largest releases.

    Wait……you mean, they’re not a brand new company? Over 100 years old?


    • Landale

      If it were just the one thing, sure whatever. It’s not just one thing though.
      Honestly though, I don’t think anyone has ever been completely prepared. Even if they have a number of systems sold, they have no way to know beyond that. Are the systems offline because they’re just not going online, are they offline because they’re not yet being used? What are they going to download, where are they downloading from? Do they have an account made up yet, or are they going to need to make one?

    • Derek E Nay

      Most likely surprised Nintendo. Hell, the service was stable when X/Y came out. I would be surprised if it wasn’t just the pokemon bank that is causing this.

    • Enzo

      Your criticism is pointless. Microsoft was experiencing problems too. Sony had some as well. Oh, and also several OTHER gaming services with online had problems during this time. I guess it’s #NoExcuse for everyone?

      • Symbol de Au

        Actually, yeah it is. They’re all horrible.

        • Enzo

          I know you weren’t saying this, but it obviously doesn’t mean Nintendo deserves to be singled out for this.

      • Apple’s App store/music store were also not loading for me, and Steam was slammed, too. EVERYONE got slammed yesterday.

      • Agreed. It’s really dumb for anyone’s service to fail during expected peak hours.

        Amazon didn’t go down on Black Friday. Yeah, they sell the cloud server service that can accommodate spikes in traffic, but whatever.

    • JMaster3000

      Wish they were better prepared, don’t get how they didn’t knew that everyone is gonna bash on nintendo eshop for Christmas.
      And guys don’t say ” Sony/Microsoft had problems too” I don’t care.
      I came to eShop and want games now.
      And the article is about Nintendo and nothing in the article talks Sony/Microsoft so don’t mix apples and bananas.

    • DevilishMew .

      So wait, you got 25 downvotes for expressing annoyance on something that is absolutely unacceptable? Nintendo is totally and utterly inept when it comes to online service and has now delayed something that not only should have been released on time, but honestly should have been released the same day that Pokemon X and Y came out.

      The fact that some people don’t care about this, think Nintendo is infallible, or are downvoting you for expressing a 100% valid opinion speaks to the annoyingness of fanboys.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Or perhaps they just question the tone of the post? It’s one of the reasons we ask folks not to focus on either type of vote. Especially when downvotes are anon and Disqus won’t change and end the guest/random vote.

        • Wait, how can downvoting work for Anons? Is it because Disqus allows any other type of Social Network account to log in?

  • Highasthesky

    I still get my Celebi right?

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      yes u have til September 2014

      • Highasthesky

        That short huh? alright thanks for letting me know =)

        • Kaijumaster

          *chuckle* somewhere out there is a commentator who will complain that’s not enough time without a hint of irony.

        • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

          Short that like 9 month
          almost a year to get it

  • Nanaki

    “UPDATE #2: December 26th 8 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) — Nintendo Japan have announced that Pokémon Bank has been temporarily postponed due to the recent Nintendo Network connectivity issues we previously reported on. The western release is still scheduled to be released as previously announced.”

    Hopefully that’s the case,


      I certainly hope that Pokemon Bank releases on schedule for the west. I’ve been itching for more starters (especially Infernape and Swampert).

    • Checked this morning after the eShop maintenance.

      It’s back to being TBD.

      So it’s not the case, unfortunately. Doesn’t change the fact that there’s still a whole bunch of pokes now in play through GTS and Wonder Trade though, if nothing else.

  • Suriel Cruz

    No wonder. Nintendo should WORK with these issues, because since I recently buy my 3DS, I can RARELY log-in to the e shop.

  • Learii

    thank to pokemon bank that Nintendo eshop is down?

  • epy

    Is the game already flooded with level 1 perfect shiny legendaries from the japanese release yet? I haven’t had time to check.

  • Dianatos

    Of this becomes another case of Flipnote Studio 3D Forever, I will scream. So loud. And totally lose mai marbles…

  • Hinataharem

    That is not awesome. But understandable

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    Jumped on the best buy eshop card deal and I am disappointed that I can’t spend it! Was going to pick up smt4 and soul hackers, but it looks like ill have to wait.

  • SirRichard

    And now I can’t even update Y to get online and reap what mons people did get transferred into the game. It’s surprising that Nintendo didn’t anticipate any sort of server load issues, honestly; they were releasing a major side application for a top-selling game (several million players in Japan alone!) right at Christmas time, when hundreds of thousands of people would be firing up brand new 3DSes and Wii Us.

    I know they’re not the most competent when it comes to online services, but did no-one at any point raise a hand and go “We should probably get some more servers”?

    • Suicunesol

      Maybe they did, but it still wasn’t enough?

      • SirRichard

        Must’ve been one hell of a good Christmas for their sales, then, or they still underestimated the size of their audiences.

        Mostly I’m just annoyed that Whimsicotts are on the GTS now and I can’t get one!

  • SlickRoach

    Well that’s one way to shit in someone’s cereal. I was anxiously EV training my Pokemon to transfer them to X tomorrow too. I guess it’s back to Vita for the time being.

    • riceisnice


  • GameWinner

    Come on… I was looking forward to Pokemon Bank tomorrow. :(

  • Go2hell66

    Oh thought they took it down cuz people were transferring hacked pokemon :p

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Teacher Hawlucha does not tolerate pokegen cheating!

    • Anesia Hunter

      What about the babies from the PokeGen Pokemon, since not everyone uses PokeGen Pokemon for wifi battles or tournaments and instead use them for breeding (like a flawless good nature ditto)? >_>

      • J_Joestar

        really, with the new breeding changes, a few good dittos are all you need to get perfect IV pokemon (as long as said pokemon CAN breed).

        • Anesia Hunter

          The issue is trying to find good dittos because even with friend safari dittos the average dittos have 2 IVs, 3 IVs are uncommon, 4 to 5 IVs are rare and 6 IVs are nearly impossible to find unless you’re super lucky or know how to RNG in X & Y. And due to the rareness of 4 – 6 IVs people ask high prices in the GTS, like for flawless legendaries and flawless hard to find friend safari pokemon.

          • J_Joestar

            while it saves time, you don’t really need any more than the 2 IV dittos. (i don’t even have a ditto safari so i just make due with matching egg groups from safaris i have). although i’m lazy so i never bother for a full 6, usually only about 5 as the DK only transfers 5 so the 6th is always purely by chance.

          • Anesia Hunter

            You just have major patience with the most tedious part of pokemon… Just try to keep in mind that not everyone feels like hatching 3000 eggs just to get 6 of what they want for competitive battling. I know definitely must have hatched over 1000 eggs and only got one flawless Absol which ended up being not what I wanted. (It was male and I needed a female to breed with my Mawile.)

          • Symbol de Au

            The GTS? They can’t force you to give them a flawless legendary or any other flawless Pokémon. If they could believe me I would. It would have stopped me from getting so many lousy Pokémon in exchange for my perfect ones.

            Anyway if you’re saying it’ll take 1,000 eggs you probably don’t know much about breeding. It should take no more than 200 eggs unless you’re really, really unlucky and if you’re breeding within the same egg group it shouldn’t be hard to breed another perfect Pokémon within 50 eggs. In fact I have perfect Pokémon in several different egg groups so I can breed some perfect Pokémon in around thirty minutes if I’m not worrying about egg moves. If you wanted I could breed you some too, but I’m not sure if we’re supposed to share friend codes here. Meh.

            Actually I think you already know how to breed but you’re blowing the difficulty of it out of proportion. I actually got a perfect shiny Pokémon in under 1,000 eggs.

            By the by J_Joestar is also wrong about the 6th perfect stat(which you don’t need anyway.) If you give one Pokémon a power item and the other a destiny knot there’s a chance the Destiny Knot will skip over the stat you’re using the power item for, and you’ll get a Pokémon with 6 stats. I’ve gotten a perfect Furfrou, Snorunt, and Pumpkaboo that way. The only problem with that method is that you can’t guarantee the nature but that doesn’t matte since you only need 5 perfect stats.

          • Anesia Hunter

            i’m not saying it’ll take a 1,000 eggs for one or even 2 specific pokemon unless you’ve got extremely bad luck at getting shiny pokemon. I was breeding over 20 different pokemon (i hadn’t settled on what i was going to use for wifi battles yet and was experimenting.) and yes i do know how to breed, i’m just saying to get exactly what you want can take a long time and a lot of eggs, especially if you’e trying to get a flawless shiny with specific egg moves.

            oh and about the gts thing, it’s true that they can’t force you, but i can’t tell you how many people demanded articunos for a lvl 1 crappy togepi or a lvl 30 5IV imposter ditto in exchange for a 5IV – 6IV mewtwo. either i had bad luck with the gts or the gts hates me.

          • Symbol de Au

            Yeah I’ve hatched over 1300 Furfou’s and still haven’t gotten any shiny’s but this is after I got three shiny Ralts, and two shiny Mawile’s both in less than 1,000.
            Regardless Pokegen wouldn’t make the breeding process that much faster.

          • jugss

            I traded my 5IV shiny pokemon for a 5IV ditto though that was when Instacheck was still working.

  • tubers

    That bird hair on the chick is kinda hot :P

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  • 하세요

    Japanese eShop is back up but the bank is still down.

  • D. Collins

    This is wack man! I was really looking forward to this. Just gotta wait now.

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