Nintendo 'Pokemon' apps delayed due to 'volume of traffic'

By Kyle Johnson,

Two Pokemon apps set to hit Nintendo's online eShop have been delayed due to what the company says is "a large volume of traffic."

The two apps, Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter, were released on Christmas Day in Japan and the demand exceeded the video game company's servers, reports Ars Technica, so the West will have to wait a little while before also being able to download and use the new apps.

The traffic created by the release of those two apps was enough to create havoc amongst all of Nintendo's online services, meaning that it wasn't just eShop having issues, other online apps and games were pretty much ground to a halt. The high volume was enough to cause a problem with all of the Japanese company's video game consoles.

"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 apologized. The company added that it was working to quickly get everything back up and running.

According to TIME, server issues hasn't only plagued Nintendo this year, but the release of the Grand Theft Auto Online part of the popular sandbox game also saw major hiccups. Gamers excited to finally play online had to wait weeks for the online portion of the game to begin to work as intended, and even then it suffered from lag and other glitches.

Ars notes Steam and Sony's PSN were both down for a short while on Christmas Day, but they were back up and running fairly quickly.

image: Amazon


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