Looks like Nintendo is trying to build anticipation for the March 6 release of Pokémon Black and Pokémon White on the DS by releasing little tidbits of info here and there. Yesterday, I told you all about the revisions to the battle systems, and now I've got some information on the new connectivity options in the upcoming title. The Pokémon Global Link web site will offer an entirely new way to go online with Pokémon, syncing your DS system to your computer and offering three new online experiences.
PokémonGlobal Link will introduce brand-new ways to play Pokémon that enhance what players love most about the games-battling, trading and collecting Pokémon," said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. "Giving players the ability to interact with Pokémon and other Pokémon Trainers online deepens the game's play experience and connects players from all over the world like never before."
The Pokémon Dream World section of the site will be activated after you um, tuck a Pokémon into bed using the Game Sync feature in the game. You then enter that Pokémon's dream where you can customize their home, grow Berries and befriend new Pokémon by playing online mini-games. As a bonus, you can bring Pokémon and items back into your DS game! Those Pokémon can even be trained and used in battle. In the Dream World, you can also communicate and share items with other players.
The Global Battle Union will offer up a worldwide leaderboard where you can see how you rate against Pokémon Trainers around the globe. (I probably won't use this, seeing as how it would probably just depress me!) Aside from bragging rights, top-rated players may qualitfy for invitations to live regional and national tournaments in the Pokémon Videogame Championship series in the hopes of advancing all the way to the Pokémon World Championships in August!
There's also the Pokémon Global Trade Station where you can track trades all over the world, but that won't be available until later this year. The site is set to launch in North America this spring, following the release of Pokémon Black and Pokémon White, and hopefully it won't be too long after March 6, because it would kind of defeat the purpose. Oh, one last thing in order to log into the Pokémon Global Link, you'll need a Pokémon Trainer Club account, which you can sign up for here. Now you'll have no excuse not to catch 'em all!