Pokémon Global Link set to launch on April 13th

Nintendo have announced that both Pokémon Black and White fans can look forward to the launch of the Pokémon Global Link on April 13th.

For the first time ever, a Pokémon video game is to introduce dynamic, customisable, web-only content and online options that make it even easier to communicate with fellow Pokémon Trainers anytime, anywhere. It’s also set to provide fun new ways to interact with Pokémon, and from April 13th players will be able to use Game Sync – a feature of the C-Gear in the Pokémon Black and White versions of the series – to seamlessly sync their game play to the Pokémon Global Link via the Internet at www.pokemon-gl.com. Both a computer with broadband Internet access and a Pokémon Trainer Club account (easily obtained for free at www.pokemon.co.uk) are required to log in to the Pokémon Global Link.

The Pokémon Global Link will launch with two main features that will enhance the game play of both Pokémon Black and White, with further content to come. The Pokémon Dream World allows players to interact with their favourite Pokémon characters and other Trainers in a customisable web-only setting that comes alive with minigames and other fun activities. At the Global Battle Union, players can check weekly ratings online and access to-be-announced battle features in the Pokémon Black White games.

After a player “tucks in” a Pokémon using Game Sync, he or she can enter that Pokémon’s dreams online in the Pokémon Dream World—a brand-new Pokémon destination with a unique watercolour look. While visiting the Pokémon Dream World, players can befriend various Pokémon not found in the Unova region by successfully completing various minigames. These newly befriended Pokémon can be transferred into Pokémon Black or White and trained for battle! The Pokémon you’ve tucked in will have a home in the Pokémon Dream World that you can customize and decorate as you like, plus a garden where you can grow Berries. Berries and other items discovered in the Pokémon Dream World will be kept in your Treasure Chest and can be transferred into Pokémon Black or White. The Pokémon Dream World also allows for easy interaction with other Pokémon Trainers. Visit fellow Trainers’ homes, help them grow Berries, and share items with other players exploring the Pokémon Dream World!

After syncing with the Pokémon Global Link, players can also visit the Global Battle Union to view online battle content and unlock new battle features in Pokémon Black and White. At the Global Battle Union, players can check their worldwide match Rankings and Ratings. In order for a player’s match Rankings and Ratings to appear in the Global Battle Union, that player must first gain access to Random Matchup Rating Mode in his or her copy of Pokémon Black or White, available only after a player creates a Pokémon Trainer Club account and logs in to the Pokémon Global Link. Results from Random Matchups played in the video games will also appear in the Global Battle Union.

The Pokémon Company International will offer special Pokémon character and item distributions via the Pokémon Global Link throughout the year,vallowing players to easily transfer limited-time-only Pokémon and items into their copy of Pokémon Black or White. Right now, players with a Pokémon Trainer Club account can visit www.pokemon.co.uk and try out the ‘Play to Befriend a Pokémon’ game in the Pokémon Fun Zone for a chance to meet one of Eevee’s seven evolutions in the Pokémon Dream World later this spring! And just as with any other Pokémon befriended in the Pokémon Dream World, players will be able to transfer it into their copy of Pokémon Black or Pokémon White.

“The PokémonGlobal Link further expands the world of Pokémon and enhances the global connectivity of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “Pokémon has always been about communicating and battling with others, and the Pokémon Global Link has taken that philosophy to a new and exciting level.”

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

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