Pokemon Bank delayed due to "large volume of traffic" to Nintendo Network

3DS app won't launch today as previously announced.

The Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter 3DS apps have been delayed due to a "large volume of traffic" to the Nintendo Network service , Nintendo announced on its support page last night. The apps were previously scheduled to launch today, December 27.

"Due to the high traffic, players are having trouble setting up Nintendo Network IDs and downloading content in the Nintendo eShop on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS," Nintendo said. "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 Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter allow users to manage up to 3,000 Pokemon in their own private cloud space. As you would expect, the app requires an Internet connection.

Nintendo said previously that anyone who downloads Pokemon Bank between December 27, 2013 and January 31, 2014 will receive a 30-day trial of the service for free. After that, the Pokemon Bank will cost $4.99/£4.49/€4.99 a year.

It's not clear if Nintendo is changing the free sign-up period as a result of the delay.

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109 comments
rey2
rey2

How come they were able to execute good transfer methods before in Gen3 to Gen4 to Gen5 but screwed up this one? There was even better storage method before (Pokemon Ranch).  There are millions of pokemon players just by looking at the PGL/GTS but they never saw this coming?  Some heads should roll over there at Nintendo HQ. 

galaxy770
galaxy770

People who are hating on Nitendo just shut up because out of all of you how many can actually make a game that people would buy and have many more generations of that game to come in the future without any problems and that includes world wide connection.

thewhitefox2001
thewhitefox2001

what i think that nintendo should do is give up the home console and put more time on hand helds

eternaldragoonx
eternaldragoonx

I refuse to believe that Nintendo has large traffic of online.

wolfyrabbit
wolfyrabbit

the biggest problem I have with pokemon bank is that if your pokemon is holding an mega evolution stone when it is transferred to pokemon bank, the stone will be sent back to the original game... 

Akijo
Akijo

Of course their server got overrun, they are releasing this 2 days after X-Mas and they were selling a 2DS/Pokemon bundle!

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

They should have seen that comming and release Pokemon Bank / Transfer earlier that year. IMO it should have come just weeks after X/Ys release. I want to finally transfer my Pokemons to X/Y >__>

Legend002
Legend002

Nintendo doesn't know how to run an online infrastructure  *sigh*

LusterSoldierGS
LusterSoldierGS

Until the next NPD report comes out next month to reveal December's hardware sales, I can only assume the Wii U and 3DS both sold extremely well during the holidays since their combined force was enough to take down the Nintendo Network with the huge influx of new Wii U and 3DS owners redeeming pre-paid eShop cards, setting up Nintendo Network IDs, downloading games, or downloading system updates. In addition to that, you also had the release of Pokemon Bank in Japan.

I don't think the release of Pokemon Bank in Japan on Christmas Eve (Christmas morning in Japan) played a significant role in the heavy server load on the Nintendo Network. Due to the timing of Pokemon Bank's release in Japan, you have to consider this as a possible factor. Pokemon Bank was released in Japan around 6:00 PM EST on Christmas Eve, yet the eShop continued to work perfectly fine until around 4:00 AM EST on Christmas day.

JSusie
JSusie

I love all the entitled brats saying this delay means they should get a free game or something.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Nintendo cant take anymore hits its time to close down Nintendo and get ready for Nintendoomed.

waffleiron88
waffleiron88

On an unrelated subject i played WoW again today after a few years of it collecting dust....all i can say about it is derp.

ERRMAHGERD
ERRMAHGERD

I'm sorry, but I don't think this a valid excuse. Only GTA can get away with "massive network overload" issues. 

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

Indications that pokemon x and y were rushed and felt incomplete for someone like me that has played every generation. :( hopefully pokemon Z makes amends to the post game that X and Y didn't. Even the story needs a bit of tweaking and I hope there's a different champion. Hopefully the legendary have their own dungeon too ? it felt like lack of effort finding them where you found them at.

theugly773
theugly773

As what I read in a few Pokemon websites, they shall change the dates on the free trial. And to those who downloaded the app already, the free trial shall restart the day the apps go back online.

xolivierx
xolivierx

boring day at Gamespot...only this pokemon article...

MapleLeafKush
MapleLeafKush

Im going to be honest I think Nintendo should just focus on making games.  They create master pieces, but lets be honest... Sony and M$ are dominating the market.  I think Nintendo should take segas route 

adkcrazox
adkcrazox

I love my wii u. You just need to get a job and go out more.

sirapathetic01
sirapathetic01

@Legend002  Everyone just loves to hate Nintendo without realizing this has happened before with Sony and Microsoft...

Akijo
Akijo

@Legend002 Like Rockstar, like SquareEnix, like every major online games/features that got released in the past 6 years

samanoskay
samanoskay

@LusterSoldierGS i can imagine it wouldn't take a great deal too take down Nintendo infrastructure, they are years behind everyone else in terms of raw power and availability, i mean the pokemon global link being down for most of an entire day every week for maintenance is late 90s stuff. i think they need to have a good long look at how they deliver their on-line platform and make some big investments for the future, or they will reach a breaking point and potentially die off. 


on an unrelated note im a networking engineer versed in virtulisation and am free for consultation *cough* Nintendo *cough* 

klonoa53
klonoa53

@ERRMAHGERD What you said, was one of the most insanely, idiotic things that I've ever heard. At no point, in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought.


Everyone in this section, is now dumber for having read your statement.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

@ERRMAHGERD Ok, so an entire company-based network going down to massive traffic, and that's inexcusable. And yet when a game's servers go down because of network overload, that's perfectly acceptable?
ERRMAHGERD, NERTWERK PRERBLERMS

CaveManCobb
CaveManCobb

@Joedgabe How is something that failed because of sever overload an indication that the game was rushed? The app has nothing to do with how the game works you know that right? 

Raygaen
Raygaen

@Joedgabe Dude.... Pokemon X and Y was anything but rushed. It was phenomenal, and was VERY well made with beautiful visuals and lots of actually CREATIVE and cool pokemon, and I HAVE played every Generation and it was amazing. Everyone was satisfied with it saying things like "It brought new life to the series". And THIS pokemon bank thing does not at all indicate that it was rushed, Pokemon Bank isn't working because too many people want it so the servers are flooded, thats has nothing to do with the game being rushed it is a totally different thing. They put plenty of time and effort into this game IT WAS NOT RUSHED! Speak for yourself NOT the crowd. You are totally on your own here.

dodgerdog2000
dodgerdog2000

@Joedgabe  there will be no Pokemon Z because the z Pokemon is Zygarde and it is included in Pokemon X and Y

now that should be proof enough that you aren't  "someone that has played every generation"  Now shall we continue???

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@xolivierx I'm surprised we are still getting articles from them about now.  They usually take a break until the holidays are over.

dodgerdog2000
dodgerdog2000

@MapleLeafKush  All this fighting over the X-BOX 1 and the PS4, YET NO one has even talked about sitting down with a 3DS for some R&R with Lavender Town music, WHAT THE HECK WORLD!!!

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

@MapleLeafKush Take sega route and disappear in thin air like sega did. These days there is no difference between sega and any other low budget studio. Look at sega now it has no games as masterpiece. Let Nintendo be in console market they are doing well with 3DS and the if third party developers are useless and they dont want to make games on WiiU doesn't mean its not fun gaming on WiiU

RaddaRaddaRadda
RaddaRaddaRadda

@goosetroop@eternaldragoonxYou both fail to realize that there are 153 million DSes and 34 million 3DSes in homes.

Does Pokémon have a larger fanbase than Call of Duty? Hell no. But to say Nintendo doesn't have a large consumer base is ignorant. There are over 180 million devices sold that can play a recent Pokémon game, compared to 80 million each of PS3 and 360, plus maybe a million or so PS4s and XB1s?

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

@Raygaen @Joedgabe except all of the online stuffs clunky and dated... plus there's no real post game stuff and only 69 new pokemon... I love x as I've put untold amounts of time into it but it does seem rushed... It's good when it could have been great... 

MigGui
MigGui

@Raygaen @Joedgabe I do feel pokemon X/Y could have sipped from gen 2 and included at least one other continent, with more badges to get and a nicer pokemon league. I was also wishing they made the pokemon league longer than just the tired "elite 4 + champion" setting. the game doesn't feel rushed, but it does feel incomplete for me.

edpeterson
edpeterson

@dodgerdog2000@Joedgabe LOL the fail is strong with this one. The third main legendary pokemon (which is always catchable in both games) is always the mascot of the next game(s) focused in the same region ever since the 3rd generation of the Pokemon games. Have you actually played every Generation?

gameznwatch
gameznwatch

@dodgerdog2000 @Joedgabe The third mascot legendary of every generation has always been cathchable in-game in the first two game of every generation. Raquaza was in Ruby and Sapphire, Giratina was in Pearl and Diamond, Kyruem was in Black and white, and Zygarde in X and Y.

MapleLeafKush
MapleLeafKush

@rIVAL_sWORD84 True, I gotta say when Nintendo released WiiU I didnt even know it was a console... I thought it was just another hand held like a 3DS, and I think thats where they made a mistake.  A lot of people werent sure what the Wii U actually was

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@rIVAL_sWORD84 Yeah, and when I think about it, because they had a hard time at first understanding the tech behind Wii U, how hard would it have been for them making games for XBone and PS4?  It would probably take 20 years for them to put Mario Kart out on next gen systems.  Yeah, you're right.  They are ok the way they are.  What I do wish is that more people that own the Wii U would buy more of the 3rd party games released on it, such as CoD and Wonderful 101.

adam270391
adam270391

@toshineon @adam270391 Suicune was the legendary that crystal focused on. while it's not exactly the same as the rest of the series it's still a legendary that was in the first games(gold/siler) that was the "main" legendary in the 3rd game (crystal).

toshineon
toshineon

@adam270391 @toshineon Gold and Silver? I know that Ho-Oh and Lugia was catchable in both, but there was no other major legendary as far as I remember. Though it's been some time, so maybe I just don't remember it all that well.

adam270391
adam270391

@toshineon you mean gold and silver? and even yellow focused on pikachu, which was catchable in red/blue...though it's hardly counted as a legendary.

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

@MapleLeafKush @rIVAL_sWORD84  The thing is Nintendo wii had a very addictive game play even though the graphics weren't as good as Ps3. But the translation back to hardcore + casual gaming has been rough mainly due to bad marketing  which resulted in fewer sales thus lesser third party support. I think 2014 will be bright for Nintendo

MapleLeafKush
MapleLeafKush

@rIVAL_sWORD84 @MapleLeafKush Yeah and the thing is I owned a lot of nintendo consoles/games.  I had a n64, gameboy, GBA, gamecube, but then it stopped after that.  They have made some of the best games iv ever played like Zelda, SSB, Perfect Dark, DonkeyKong, Mario, Mario Party, Mario Kart, Pokemon.  I still like most of the games especially pokemon

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

@MapleLeafKush terrible marketing i say. I was considering buying handheld and i was comparing WiiU with vita.only now Nintendo woke up and are trying to market and clear the smoke

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

@psx_warrior @rIVAL_sWORD84 gaming on wiiu is so much fun that i sold my ps3 games which were available on wiiu and bought wiiu version instead. Its fun and graphics on wiiU are better than ps3. Arkham origins, assasin creed 4, deus ex, Ninja gaiden, Mass effect 3 they all are better on wiiu. i myself wish people buy and support third party games on wiiu so devs will be more interested on developing for the console