Pokémon Global Link taken offline in January 2014

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Nintendo have confirmed that they will be taking the current Pokémon Global Link permanently offline in January 2014, thanking those that have enjoyed the service since it launched in September 2010.

In anticipation for Pokémon X and Y, a new version will be launched in October to support the Nintendo 3DS exclusive.

“The Pokémon Global Link service for Pokémon Black Version, Pokémon White Version, Pokémon Black Version 2, and Pokémon White Version 2 will be closing completely on Tuesday, January 14, 2014,” it was confirmed within a statement shared on the site.

“After the service is closed, all connection functionality with these video games will become unavailable.

“Please see the schedule below for more details. The new Pokémon Global Link, which will link to the upcoming Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games, is expected to launch in October.

“Players who have enjoyed the current Pokémon Global Link over the past few years will be able to carry over certain achievements and records to the new Pokémon Global Link for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, if they register for the new Pokémon Global Link using their existing user name.

“In the near future, we will provide more details about this new Pokémon X and Pokémon Y version of the Pokémon Global Link, as well as our plans for the players who have enjoyed the current Pokémon Global Link until now.

“The Pokémon Global Link first opened in Japan in September of 2010. We are very appreciative of everyone who has used the service over the last three years, and apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused by its closure.”

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