via IGN

Pokemon fans worldwide now have a globe-spanning Web site with which to track their favorite characters and research potential trades.

The Pokemon Global Trade Station Web site is a companion to the existing Trade Station system that allows Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl owners to swap creatures over the Nintendo DS wi-fi connection.

The new site can be reached via any Internet-connected computer and will let users see which Pokemon are the most popular to trade, provide statistics about the number of trades completed and allow them to bookmark their favorite Pokemon.

The site will operate in seven different languages and inform users about the nation they're "visiting" electronically. Users can also listen to audio files to learn how to say "hello" and "thank you" in select countries' languages.

"Pokemon is now truly global in nature," said George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "A Pokemon trainer from Chicago can be traveling in Sydney and trade one of their Pokemon with another owner in Helsinki."

Sounds like a fun trip. Let's hope it won't break any international wildlife laws.

The site went live this weekend.