Pokémon Bank and Pokémon Transporter Release Date Confirmed

Pokémon Bank Release DateAll of you Pokémon Masters will be happy to know that Nintendo has officially confirmed a North American release date for its much-anticipated Pokémon Bank and Pokémon Transporter apps.

If you haven’t yet heard about Pokémon Bank, it’s an awesome new cloud-based service which will allow you to upload your pokémon to the Bank, where you can then download them at a later date into any games coming after Pokémon X & Y.

Pokémon Transporter is a companion service which works similarly to Pokémon Bank, except that it allows you to bring in pokémon from previous games, such as Pokémon Black & White and Pokémon Black & White 2.  This allows you to transfer pokémon from the older games into Pokémon X & Y and into games released in the future.

At first, it was only known that Japan would receive access to the service on December 25, 2013 and a European release would probably follow on December 27th.  Now, Nintendo has officially confirmed a North American release date.  It will be hitting the eShop on December 27th.  Perhaps a little too late for Christmas gift giving, but better late than never.

Once it arrives, players will have the ability to deposit, store and manage 3,000 Pokémon in their accounts.  Pokémon will be stored in 100 boxes containing 30 pokémon each.  And, just like with a real bank, your precious deposits will be kept safe.  If you should ever happen to lose your Pokémon X or Y game, your Pokémon will still be there, ready for you to withdraw them into a new game.

In addition to the added security of knowing that you can’t lose your hard-earned pokémon, the new service also allows you to move your  pokémon between games more easily than you ever could before.  Previously, you needed to have access to two game systems and you could only move your Pokémon one at a time.   Now, you can now use Pokémon Bank to transfer several Pokémon at once without needing an additional game system.

Pokémon Bank also makes it easy to find where you have stored your pokémon with a variety of convenient search features.

Of course, like anything good in life, Pokémon Bank is not free.  There will be a $4.99 annual fee in order to access the service if you live in the United States and Japanese players will be charged ¥500.  There will also be a fee for the service in the European market, although it does not appear to have been set yet.   But, if you download the app on or before January 31, 2014, you will receive a pass allowing you to use it for a free 30-day trial period.  After that, no more free trials will be offered.  The Pokémon Transporter app will be available for free at the same time that you download Pokémon Bank.  It will not be available as a separate download, however.

What do you think about the upcoming release date for Pokémon Bank and Pokémon Transporter?  Do you wish it were coming before Christmas?  Or are you just excited that Nintendo is now releasing its games and apps at the same time around the world?

Written by:  Nancy Schimelpfening


Pokémon Bank – Nintendo

Pokémon Bank – Bulbapedia

Pokémon Bank And Poké Transporter Will Hit the North American eShop in December

23 Responses to "Pokémon Bank and Pokémon Transporter Release Date Confirmed"

  1. RaNikko   January 12, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Shame That its Jan 12 and it’s still not released :/ Or it is and my 3Ds is being weird and wont let me download it

  2. Billy Jo   December 25, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Every one is so money hungry in this world. I will be paying forthe poke bank but the reason its not free is because its a add-on and not a update so everyone needs to get a life

  3. levi   December 21, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    So the free trial lasts a month…than you have to pay? Or, after the trial, you wait another year and THEN have to pay? Confusing, but won’t stop me from transfering 3000 shiny mew’s!

  4. Hector Velazquez   December 10, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    What happends if you dont pay the fee, does your pokemon get deleted from the bank, can you ever get them back. How will this work?

    • Jake   January 7, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Yes I think theres a 24 hour wait period but after that your bank is erased

  5. Snowla2   December 1, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I bet you it was do many other ways to do this!XD

  6. Snowla2   December 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    It was so many other was you can do this..XD

  7. Ace Trainer Snowla   December 1, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Pokemon bank seem like a next way cool way to tranfer your pokemon,but it’s only one problem…Just like ModdTh3Game explain,I have absoluty no,INTERNET!!!!!!..or wifi.why can’t there be another poke tranfer lab?!!!!Why do we have to pay?was it free before?!!Download and play!?Come on now people!!

    • Dozer   December 30, 2013 at 10:16 am

      You have to pay for them to maintain servers. It’s not free.

  8. ty   December 1, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I do wish it was raleased befor the holdays me and my pokemon are exsited
    Thank you

  9. ModdTh3Game   November 28, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    The Only Flaw I See In This Is, What If We Have Some Users That Can’t Buy Things Online, Or Have Wifi, The Pokemon System/Servers Doesn’t Allow Any User To Connect Through Wifi, Say At A Library, Or Mc.Donalds. So If I was a player with a wifi connection problem this would seriously come as a bummer. And, what if there are some kids that can’t buy stuff online, I remember when I was little the closet thing I got to buying stuff via the internet or wifi based was typing $ into a search engine =.= I like the whole Idea, just think it could’ve been established and set up differently, but hey greedy fans, the whole pkmn X & Y was rushed the moment they started to broadcast the gameplay. A smart team, would’ve waited say about a year or two to get the kinks etc knocked out and put more focus say into the anime and game, then it would’ve all been worth the wait, but money is time and time is of the essence eh? My point in saying that all is, It would’ve been better if the bank would’ve came out the same time around the game, but hey, they could just keep updating X& Y like they previously did, maybe they might add more side quest, cuz once u beat the 36-hour game play theres really nothing to do in X & Y but wifi battles, I remember how PKMN XD Gale Of Darkness Took me months, and weeks, and how Emerald nearly took a half of year, Not saying nothings bad with X & Y just saying more could be added too it, don’t u think? #Moddth3Game

  10. Original Gamer   November 20, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I’d rather have my pokemon on a memory disc or cartridge. why can’t they just come out with a way to store them on a separate game or internal/ removable memory for either the 3DS or WiiU? They had a disc for the Game Cube called Pokemon Box Ruby and Sapphire. I would be happy to pay more just to know I have control over where my hard earned collection of pocket monsters are kept. Computers can always be hacked, crash, or just fail. Also what happens if for some reason you forget to pay that measly $5 charge? I just don’t like it. I might migrate a few pokemon forward with the trial, but I refuse to think they won’t come up with a better solution to the storage issue in future! Also you definitely don’t want to leave your pokemon on older games because if the battery in the cartridge goes down your save file disappears – also there was the whole debacle of not being able to transfer pokemon from the original game boy titles forward. Anyway I think it would be in nintendo’s best interest to come up with a better solution.

    • mr. mime jr   November 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      It’s only $5, oh my god. You probably spend way more on your porn memberships.

      With online, you don’t have to worry about the cartridge being crushed to death by your stupid clumsiness. The cartridge would probably cost more than $5 anyway.

  11. Jason   November 14, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Do the pokemon have to stay in the bank or can they be saved to the PC on the actual pokemon x/y game? And wouldn’t it just make sense to continue trading as we have always done using two DS systems

  12. lolo   November 5, 2013 at 9:52 am

    wow thats epic sauce

  13. TheSpillmonkey   November 3, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Would be much cooler if you could organize/rearrange them on a PC/website after uploading them.

  14. Hammy   November 3, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    What a bunch of crap making us pay

    • Guitaman003   November 3, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      So paying $5 a year to keep your pokemon safe, secure, have a transporting system from 5th gen to 6th is to much money? Forgive me while you go by a latte for $5,or pay for that movie ticket. Seriosly, they aren’t making money off of you for $5. They use it to keep the system up and running. Now stop whining and go pay $60 a year for xbox live, cause they aren’t making money off you at all.

      • mr. mime jr   November 4, 2013 at 8:51 am

        I’m arranging our marriage right now

    • Lulright   November 9, 2013 at 9:21 am

      I KNOW. It’s crazy. It’s like I’m paying 40 WHOLE DOLLARS for a game instead of 35! Absolutely ridiculous.

      • mr. mime jr   November 14, 2013 at 8:10 pm

        Now listen here you child.

        Nintendo is going out of their way to make storing and keeping safe your Pokemon for virtually no benefit to them.

        You think they give a crap about your $5? It’s to pay the server fee. AT LEAST, in the first week, 4 million units were sold. And that’s only the first week, so 5 x 4,000,000 is $20,000,000. They’d have to pay 20 million dollars in servers fees that you feel so entitled to (and they’d be paying around $5 a YEAR!)

        So what’s more worth it to you: Pay a freaking $5 a YEAR, or, make Nintendo pay it for you for 20 million?

        You decide.

        • Dorky   December 4, 2013 at 4:48 pm

          or he could be being sarcastic.

          • mr mime jr   December 4, 2013 at 5:04 pm

            crap i think you’re right

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