Nintendo's Online Services Still Broken, Pokémon Apps Delayed

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Following Japan's lead, Nintendo of America has postponed the launch of the Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter "due to a large volume of traffic to the Nintendo Network service".

Here's the full statement from Nintendo:

Nintendo and The Pokémon Company International have postponed the launch of Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter - two software applications that were originally scheduled to launch for Nintendo 3DS on Dec. 27 - due to a large volume of traffic to the Nintendo Network service. 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. 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.

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I think we all need to keep in mind that Nintendo hasn't had the benefit of working on this network for the same amount of time as Microsoft has with Xbox Live or Sony with PSN. This kind of network outage is a result of not having the experience to know how prepared they needed to be for large numbers of new account creations, bulk downloads for an app everyone with a 3DS or 2DS has been waiting for (in Japan), and bulk downloads from loads of kids and adults alike getting eShop cards for Christmas. This has everything to do with experience, and nothing to do with reliability or quality of service.