All 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