Pokémon Global Link

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The Pokémon Global Link (PGL) service will shut down in Pokémon SunMoon, 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.

The PGL service was introduced back in 2010 with Pokémon Black and White to provide online support. With the introduction of Nintendo Switch Online, the Global Link isn’t necessary anymore. According to the announcement, some of the Pokémon Global Link functionality will remain present in Pokémon Sword and Shield:

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.

Pokémon Global Link
Source: www.nintendo.co.uk

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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