Due to power consumption concerns as a result of earthquakes in Japan, Nintendo have delayed the launch of the Pokémon Global Link service, which was supposed to go live on March 30th to an unspecified date. A notice on the Global Link site reads:

 

“The Pokémon Global Link was scheduled to launch on March 30, 2011. As a result of the earthquake in Japan and the need to conserve energy resources, the launch date has been temporarily delayed. When a new launch date is determined, it will be published here on the Pokémon Global Link. We apologize sincerely for any inconvenience caused by this delay.”

 

The Global Link service will add a bunch of new features to Pokémon: Black and White, such as the ability to access the Random Matchup Challenge, view global performance rankings, and download special backgrounds for your C-Gear and Pokédex.

 

It also allows access to the Dream World, which synchronizes your DS with a Flash game that allows you to gather Berries, decorate your home, and capture Pokémon that you can’t find otherwise in Black/White.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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