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Pokémon Global Link Going Live Tomorrow

Starting tomorrow, you'll be able to invade your pocket monster's dreams.

...And now here’s some better news for Pokémon Black and White owners: the Global Link functionality for both games is set to launch April 13, according to a new message on the Global Link web site. The service, if you remember, was delayed a week or so prior to launch because of the Japan earthquake and the sudden need for companies like publisher Nintendo to cut down on energy consumption.    

Global Link still seems like a cool addition, especially if you’ve smashed up the Elite 4 and finished the main game. When hooked up through the Global Link web site, you’ll be able to access the “Dream World” and the “Global Battle Union.” The former area gives you the ability to invade your Pokémon’s dreams, allowing you to catch other Pokémon, find items and berries, and, somehow, talk with other players (dream-to-dream conversation sounds dangerous to me). The GBU, on the other hand, hosts Wi-Fi tournaments and also provides stat tracking after the fact like, you know, a competitive service should.
  

 
To be frank, I’m not clear on how you’ll need to interact with the Global Link web page in order to get the game part of the service operating tomorrow--it took over an hour for me to just figure out how to connect with a person and trade Pokémon in Black, so I don't expect Global Link to be intuitive. In fact, it seems like you need to register on the Global Link site beforehand, probably in order to prove that you're not a pedophile or something. But, hey, I bet Nintendo is relaunching the site tomorrow for this special occasion, so maybe it'll provide the information I need to know then. 

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Posted by BradNicholson

...And now here’s some better news for Pokémon Black and White owners: the Global Link functionality for both games is set to launch April 13, according to a new message on the Global Link web site. The service, if you remember, was delayed a week or so prior to launch because of the Japan earthquake and the sudden need for companies like publisher Nintendo to cut down on energy consumption.    

Global Link still seems like a cool addition, especially if you’ve smashed up the Elite 4 and finished the main game. When hooked up through the Global Link web site, you’ll be able to access the “Dream World” and the “Global Battle Union.” The former area gives you the ability to invade your Pokémon’s dreams, allowing you to catch other Pokémon, find items and berries, and, somehow, talk with other players (dream-to-dream conversation sounds dangerous to me). The GBU, on the other hand, hosts Wi-Fi tournaments and also provides stat tracking after the fact like, you know, a competitive service should.
  

 
To be frank, I’m not clear on how you’ll need to interact with the Global Link web page in order to get the game part of the service operating tomorrow--it took over an hour for me to just figure out how to connect with a person and trade Pokémon in Black, so I don't expect Global Link to be intuitive. In fact, it seems like you need to register on the Global Link site beforehand, probably in order to prove that you're not a pedophile or something. But, hey, I bet Nintendo is relaunching the site tomorrow for this special occasion, so maybe it'll provide the information I need to know then. 

Posted by Snipper138

boom

Posted by Donkey_Kong

dos

Posted by Lemoncookie01

fuck yes pokeymans you  are mine

Posted by ssj4raditz

Must gather all of them!

Posted by VicRattlehead

Its live right now dude

Posted by afrokola

It's actually live right now, doesn't make any sense to me why they keep advertising the date as April 13th.

Posted by Mijati

DS will always be a failure online due to it not supporting any sort of security from this decade.

It also doesn't help that Nintendo are too bloody lazy to make Windows 7 Drivers for their official wifi dongle to make that possible too... not at all impressed with Nintendo.

Posted by This_Dude

yep,  it's live right now,  running a bit slow,  but it's definitely live


Posted by Rudeboy217

This all sounds very interesting. I really dig the concept of going into dreams.

Posted by MisterSamMan

MY POKEMAN IS LIVING IN A DREAM WORLD!!! He's the one.

Posted by wolf_blitzer85

Well that's neat. I've been looking forward to checking this stuff out and finally I can.

Posted by WrenchNinja
@DarkDude said:
" DS will always be a failure online due to it not supporting any sort of security from this decade.It also doesn't help that Nintendo are too bloody lazy to make Windows 7 Drivers for their official wifi dongle to make that possible too... not at all impressed with Nintendo. "
Yup, sucks for DS and DSLite owners. DSi owners and 3DS owners can take advantage of WPA though since Black and White support it.
Posted by ljbrewer

I just scooped ice cream with a Bidoof. All of my dreams are coming true.

Online
Posted by Shaanyboi

so if the Global Link site goes down, can someone start going "THE DREAM IS COLLAPSING!"

Posted by HydraHam
@Shaanyboi said:
" so if the Global Link site goes down, can someone start going "THE DREAM IS COLLAPSING!" "
I'll be in the background doing the BRRRRRRRRRMMMMMMMMM while someone else hums the song
Posted by Keen_12

You have to go down at least 3 layers to catch the best pokemans

Posted by MackSterling

Dream World: the pokemon Facebook game, without the Facebook.

Posted by Dan_CiTi

I thought the Dream World was just the PokeWalker, but for Black and White. That's what it seems to be to me. 

Posted by adamfedoruk

that shit is live now! I'm all up in it.

Edited by Vigil80
@texaseanacre said:

" It's actually live right now, doesn't make any sense to me why they keep advertising the date as April 13th. "

I'm guessing because they want people to trickle on as much as possible, and have a chance to put out any fires before the main rush.

I just tried it. It's ok, but doesn't seem particularly satisfying. If you're lucky, it's a cheap way to get some decent items and pokémon one at a time..
Posted by neoepoch

The only reason that this is interesting to me is because you can get access to Pokemon with unique abilities. Such as...(a controversial one) Speed Boost Blaziken or Shadow Tag Chandelure, which mixes up the multiplayer a lot (and has caused weird shifts in the metagame).

Posted by drac96

If it took you over an hour to figure out how to trade, I don't think you should be using the global link. Your mind might explode.

Posted by Hizang

I'm finished with Pokemon White, don't really want to get sucked back in
Posted by Aureoloss

wow, over an hour to figure out how to trade... i don't think anyone who writes for a games website should admit to that. it's like hearing my mom say she googles: "google" to get to google.com

Posted by Aaron_G

Sounds cool, I'll have to try this out. 

Posted by milkman4591

dream to dream communication? Inception...

Posted by Example1013
@Aureoloss said:
" wow, over an hour to figure out how to trade... i don't think anyone who writes for a games website should admit to that. it's like hearing my mom say she googles: "google" to get to google.com "
I feel embarassed for people when I hear them say that they google google to get to google.com
Posted by GunslingerPanda

-it took over an hour for me to just figure out how to connect with a person and trade Pokémon in Black, so I don't expect Global Link to be intuitive.    

I don't think that's a problem on Nintendo's side...
Posted by neoepoch
@GunslingerPanda said:
"

-it took over an hour for me to just figure out how to connect with a person and trade Pokémon in Black, so I don't expect Global Link to be intuitive.    

I don't think that's a problem on Nintendo's side... "
Except for the fact that there is a manual that very clearly explains how to trade with someone over Nintendo WFC, and the in-game help system at every Pokemon center THAT THEY TELL YOU ABOUT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE GAME!

This is just standard game "journalist" procedure of not actually reading the ingame text and then blaming the game for not telling them anything.
Posted by Sanj

BBBRRRUUUAAAAAHHHHH

Edited by AndrewB

Except for those of us who can't access it. Been over 24 hours now and I still get the "processing registration data" error message. I understand why... their servers are being slammed, I'm sure. I just hate how I have all the luck in being the last to be able to access crap like this when people who probably signed up much later are already in.

Posted by hagridore

This is some progress for the DS. Really cool to see stats for a DS game online. And maybe in a decade Nintendo will have an achievement system!