'Pokemon Bank' Delayed After Christmas Network Downtime

Pokemon Bank and Transfer have been delayed after network downtime on Christmas. Pokemon X and Y are still going strong, and Nintendo probably realized how strong on Christmas morning when an unexpected number of people turned on their 3DS and Wii U consoles for the first time. So many people attempted to use the network that the usage actually caused an overload.

As a result, Nintendo temporarily took the network down and indefinitely delayed the apps.

Pokemon X and Y fans were probably hoping to start transferring pocket monsters from their copies of Pokemon Black and White when the app was expected to arrive on December 27. They will all need to wait now until Nintendo fixes the network, allowing the massive number of gamers to use the Pokemon Bank and Poke Transfer without making the service crash.

Nintendo posted an apology for those gamers who were looking forward to finally storing their Pokemon X and Y monsters in the cloud:

"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."
It is yet unknown when Nintendo expects to have the apps available, but the video below describes how the two Pokemon apps are expected to work.

The Pokemon Bank is a paid app which costs five dollars a year and lets Pokemon X, Y, Black, and White gamers store their captured pocket monsters on Nintendo's servers.

Poke Transfer is a free companion app which works with the Bank to let Pokemon fans upload pocket monsters from Pokemon Black and White and use them in Pokemon X and Y.

While this hiccup in Nintendo's network is a definite problem, it seems obvious that the myriad of Pokemon fans will test whatever fix they come up with as soon as the Bank and Transfer apps are made available.

'Pokemon Bank' delayed after Christmas network issues
'Pokemon Bank' delayed after Christmas network issues

Pokemon X and Y isn't the only game to experience problems due to its network. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Grand Theft Auto V had similar issues to those faced by early SimCity gamers, and Battlefield 4 showed a return of EA's previous issues.

Server issues can be caused when too many people are using a website or network at the same time, and the server can't handle the volume.

Be assured, Pokemon X and Y fans, Nintendo will have a solution before they release Pokemon Bank and Poke Transfer.

[image via Deviantart]