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Pokemon Black and White Adds PC Connectivity; Offers Exclusive Content

by Steve Watts, Jan 28, 2011 11:00am PST

The Pokemon series has featured online features in the last few iterations, but the upcoming Pokemon Black and White plans to expand on those ideas with a new Web portal. Nintendo announced through a press release that the new Global Link site will "give players the ability to sync their game play from their Nintendo DS systems to PCs via the Internet."

The Global Link consists of two main features. The first, Pokemon Dream World, lets you put their critters to bed in the DS game, which syncs it to the site. Then, you can enter the dream online to customize the Pokemon's home, trade items with other players, and play mini-games. Once you're done, the progress syncs back into Black and White with all the items and new Pokemon you've found.

The second, the Global Battle Union, lets you compare your battle record to other players. Top players may be invited to qualifying events in national Pokemon tournaments. It also includes the Global Trade Station to track Pokemon trades. Oddly, the press release doesn't seem to indicate the Trade Station would itself facilitate trades.

A time wasn't set for these features, but the press release notes it will be sometime after the game's launch in March. The Global Trade Station is set at "later this year," so that feature may not be available when the site itself goes up.





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  • Cool new features but i think i'll probably try it once and then discard them. I'm unsure about integration with computers. When I'm playing a game, i hate putting it down to go get my laptop just so i can see something that (i believe) should have been on the DS in the first place. I can see the appeal in checking up on your pokemon when not playing but having to turn on your DS and sync them is too much of a hassle when you're just surfing the internet. Still, I'm not one to fully critique something before i try it so we'll see how it goes...