The Pokémon Global Link (PGL) service will shut down in Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, on February 24, 2020, as announced on Pokémon‘s official website. When PGL shuts down, players won’t be able to access online competitions, ranked matches, and Game Sync features on the games mentioned above, anymore. However, players will still have the possibility to trade and battle with one another.
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will provide services similar to the PGL’s Rating Battles and Online Competitions features and will be available to play via Nintendo Switch.
On another note, Pokémon Sword and Shield became the fastest-selling games on Switch. In only three days, the new entries in the Pokémon franchise became the fastest-selling Switch games in Japan. Then, after only one week, it has been announced that Sword and Shield sold over six million copies globally. By doing so, Sword and Shield surpassed the previous record holder, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and became the fastest-selling Switch games worldwide.
Pokémon Sword and Shield received some criticism from the fan base at launch. However, it seems that the controversy didn’t hurt the sales in the least.
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