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01 Jul 2013 01:18 PM
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The official Pokémon website has revealed that the Pokémon Global Link service will be closing for Black, White, Black 2 and White 2 on January 14th, 2014. Details are listed below about when these services will go offline.

Press Release

Announcing the closure of the Pokémon Global Link Service for Pokémon Black Version, Pokémon White Version, Pokémon Black Version 2, and Pokémon White Version 2.

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.

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 apologize for any inconvenience that may be caused by its closure.

Pokémon Global Link - Closure Chart

Below is a chart listing the Pokémon Global Link services for Pokémon Black Version, Pokémon White Version, Pokémon Black Version 2, and Pokémon White Version 2 and when they will stop.

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Source: http://en.pokemon-gl.com/about/e_notice/
01 Jul 2013 01:25 PM
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Well this wasn't unexpected but I would have thought that they would have kept the service going for a lot longer than 3 years. This is just another reason why cloud computing and cloud gaming is really bad. Features that are used in the game become obsolete because no one can access the servers once they are taken offline.

If the Pokemon Company really wanted to fight Save hacking, this definitely wasn't they way to do it by closing down the servers. Now people will be forced to use these tools if they wish to continue using the games.
03 Jul 2013 02:44 PM
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Save hacking? what is that cause i havent heard of that one before.

though i was kinda hoping they would have least kept the support for those games at least until nintendo no longer doing any support for the DS systems.