Pokemon Trades Span the Globe
Pokémon Trading Heats Up, Spreads Worldwide with Global Trade StationREDMOND, Wash., Sept. 17, 2007 – They invaded. They evolved. And now they’ll be traded – across oceans, and without regard for national borders or native tongue.
Nintendo today announces the Pokémon® GTS (Global Trade Station) Web site goes online worldwide Sept. 15 and will be a great resource for Pokémon fans interested in learning more about trading their favorite characters.
The Global Trade Station already allows the trade of millions of Pokémon between trainers worldwide. Pokémon® Diamond and Pokémon® Pearl are the fastest-selling games in the history of the series, with worldwide sales in excess of 10 million games. Players use their Nintendo DS™ portable game systems to link wirelessly to Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection, allowing them to scan which Pokémon are available from different nations and offer to trade with other players.
The new Pokémon Global Trade Station Web site, www.pokemon-gts.net, can be reached via any Internet-connected computer. The site will let users see which Pokémon are the most popular to trade, provide statistics about the number of trades completed and allow them to bookmark their favorite Pokémon. The site will operate in seven different languages and inform users about the nation they’re “visiting” electronically. Visitors can even listen to audio files to learn how to say “hello” and “thank you” in select countries languages.
“Pokémon is now truly global in nature,” says George Harrison, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. “A Pokémon Trainer from Chicago can be traveling in Sydney and trade one of their Pokémon with another owner in Helsinki.”