PSA: On the topic of DS/3DS games dying en masse

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The Smogon Wi-Fi staff welcomes the opportunity to raise awareness about the fact that DS/3DS games have reportedly been starting to die en masse.
Upon investigation, players discovered that the cartridge type that Nintendo has used since the NDS days only has a life span between 5 and 15 years.
While the initial report said that primarily PAL versions had been affected by this, newer reports have shown that US and JPN versions suffer the same fate.

In the light of the foregoing circumstances, we recommend that you transfer valuable Pokémon to Pokémon Bank and/or Pokémon HOME.
We also wanted to mention that Pokémon Bank might not be a permanent solution, as the servers might go offline in a foreseeable future.
Better safe than sorry!
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