The Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter, software add-ons to Pokémon X and Y, were originally slated for launch today, December 27, 2013. However, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company International postponed the releases in the wake of a heavy wave of traffic onto Nintendo Network that resulted in service interruptions. 

 

The sudden influx of users onto the Nintendo Network is due to gamers newly gifted with a Wii U or a Nintendo 3DS logging on to set up their new game devices with a Nintendo Network ID and downloading the Nintendo eShop. No definite date is provided for the later launch of the Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter but assurances are provided that “…a solution is our top priority.”

Pokémon Bank and the Poké Transporter are separate software downloads that extends the playtime of Pokémon X and Y. The Pokémon Bank allows for storing up to 3,000 Pokémon in an online cloud and the Poké Transporter transfers Pokémon from previous game iterations into Pokémon X and Y.

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The additional components for Pokémon X and Y will only increase the accessibility of a very accessible franchise by providing additional battle tactics through increasing the available Pokémon. The decision to halt the launch is steps towards ensuring a stable software distribution for all gamers with equal access at a later date rather than a release that does not go smoothly for all.

 

Additionally, the holiday rush of newly unwrapped gaming devices has resulted in widespread troubles with accessing online components of video games. Personally, I was unable to log onto Call Of Duty: Ghosts’ multiplayer immediately following the holiday. For disabled gamers, the inability to access online components at a specific time may be the only time during a given day that the disabled gamer can play such as due to requiring the assistance of an able bodied individual or the limited availability of needed disability related peripherals. Hopefully, all of gaming’s online modes are running smoothly shortly.

 

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