"Among a plethora of great new features in Pokémon X and Y, Game Freak has recently also added a recorded online ranking system.
This addition might sound like a no-brainer, but Nintendo has been a few steps behind on the whole online multiplayer scene. The company seems to be in favor of having players interact directly in person. One can see this just from the amount of StreetPass and friend code features on the 3DS.
I’m also in favor of direct interaction. My fondest memories of gaming are usually with a group of friends. Sometimes, however, it seems that Nintendo is so anti-competitive gaming that it eschews some online features that have come to be token in our modern era of gaming. I think of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and the disappointing lack of online leaderboards. While there were also many technical issues with that game’s online multiplayer, the absence of online rankings took some incentive away from even attempting to bother with it." - Stephen Hilger