Pokémon Global Link Service Ending Late February 2020

On to bigger and better things

After more than nine years of operation, the Pokémon Global Link (PGL) service will be retired on February 24, 2020, at 23:59 UTC. After PGL service has ended, you will no longer be able to use any gameplay features that require a connection to the PGL on your Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, or Pokémon Moon games. You will still be able to use other online functionality apart from the PGL.

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.

Thank you for using the PGL, and we hope you will continue to enjoy using the PGL until the service ends.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Categories: Portables
Tags: 3ds, eshop, pokemon


I find this odd for two reasons:

1) These games did not come out that long ago. You can still buy the 3DS and these games pretty easily at retail.

2) We do not have an equivalent to this service on the Switch.

This feels like Miiverse all over again.

The global link was... very weird. For the 3DS games they basically did nothing but act as a second, cumbersome step to some things. All they really did for Gen 7 was show off your Ranked Battles and whatnot. SWS has that built in now so it's pretty much more worthless compared to the days of Gen V or Gen IV's GTS site


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