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Nintendo issues apology over eShop issues, delays Pokemon bank release

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An influx of new Wii U and Nintendo 3DS owners has led to connection issues with the Nintendo eShop. The games maker issued an apology Friday along with plans to temporarily take the eShop down to perform maintenance. The planned Pokémon Bank release today for Pokémon X and Y was also delayed because of connectivity issues.

"We sincerely apologize for the connection problems in the Nintendo eShop," the company announced on Facebook. "We understand this is taking longer than expected, but we can assure you that providing a solution is our top priority. We are determined to make sure everyone can enjoy all that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS have to offer. In an effort to manage the high volume of traffic and ultimately improve your experience, we are temporarily taking the Nintendo eShop services offline between the hours of 4 p.m. - 4 a.m. ET. Thank you so much for your continued patience. We will keep you updated."

Meanwhile, the release of Pokémon Bank release in Japan overwhelmed Nintendo's servers so much that the company was forced to pull the app that allows the transfer of characters between Pokémon games. Naturally, this has lead to a delay in the release of the Nintendo 3DS app in North America and Europe as well.

"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," Nintendo announced on its support page. "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."

A new release date for the Pokémon Bank app has not been announced.

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