The headline is a bit confusing with regard to whether it’s good or bad news, but it’s actually a bit of both: Nintendo originally scheduled the North American launch of their Pokemon Bank app for December 27, but the sheer number of fans who wanted to download the subscription-based (yet temporarily free) app and register for new Nintendo Network Ids on the Japanese side has resulted in their servers being overwhelmed by unexpectedly large volumes of traffic.
For the time being, Nintendo has decided to remove the Pokemon Bank app from the Japanese eShop, while the North American and European release dates have been pushed back to an unspecified date (“to be determined.”)
We’re hoping the free trial period is also adjusted, when the service comes back. We guess this means not even Nintendo is aware of just how popular the Pokemon franchise is. Or maybe companies are just downplaying available bandwidth and the fact that there’s a lot more people willing to download stuff during the holidays – as a similar case happened recently with Valve, when they made Left 4 Dead 2 free for a limited time period and wasn’t able to anticipate just how much their servers are going to get hammered.