Pokemon Global Link Goes Live On April 13th

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Following a delay from its original March schedule, the Pokémon Global Link service will be going live on April 13th. You’ll be able to connect to it using the C-Gear in Pokémon Black and Pokémon White via the service’s official website.


The Global Link service will launch with two main features. The first is the Dream World, which lets you enter a Pokémon’s dreams online in an Internet environment. While in the Dream World, you’ll be able to befriend and capture Pokémon not found in the Unova region by completing different minigames.


You’ll also be able to customize and decorate your “home” in the Dream World, as well as plant Berries in a garden to transfer over to Black/White. You have the option of visiting other trainers’ homes and share items with them, too.  It’s interesting to see Nintendo implementing a social-networking type of functionality into Pokémon.


The second feature is the Global Battle Union, which you can use to view worldwide match rankings and unlock new battle features in Pokémon Black and White. If you want your rankings to appear on the Global Battle Union, you’ll first have to gain access to Random Matchup Rating Mode in Black/White.


Additionally, Nintendo say they plan to offer special Pokémon character and item distributions over the Global Link, including limited time Pokémon, throughout the year. The first of these events will be a chance to run into one of Eevee’s evolved forms later this spring. You can start preparing for that event now by signing up for a Trainer account to access the Global Link.

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