If you’re a Pokémon fan who’s looking to get Pokémon Bank free, I have both some good news for you and some bad news. The good news is that until January 31, you can take advantage of a free 30-day trial period. The bad news, of course, is that you will have to pay an annual fee after this date.
You will have to wait until the release date of December 27 to get your free trial; but, once it hits the Nintendo eShop, you will be able to download it there. If you download it and open it by January 31, you will get a pass that allows you to use it for free for 30 days. Just follow the directions on the screen in order to get your pass.
Once your pass is unlocked, you will have access to a full-featured version of both Pokémon Bank and its companion software, Poké Transporter, for the full 30-day period.
Keep in mind though that just downloading the software before January 31 is not enough. You must open it up and get your pass as well. If you get busy and allow this date to pass, you will be out of luck.
After your free trial expires, you will have to a pay an annual fee of $4.99 if you want to keep using the service. Poké Transporter remains free as long as you have the paid Pokémon Bank service. It is, however, not available by itself.
Many players have expressed skepticism about having to pay a fee for the Pokémon Bank service, wondering just what it is that they are getting for their hard-earned money. If you are one of these people, then here’s what you need to know. First of all, you can store as many as 3,000 pokémon on the service. You can also trade them between different versions of Pokémon X and Y that are linked to Pokémon Bank, which eliminates the need for having a second game system in order to trade between games. Not just that, but you can move multiple pokémon at a time, eliminating the need to laboriously transfer them one at a time. And, more importantly, your pokémon are forever safe from being lost if your game gets lost or broken. They will be right there waiting for you in the cloud to move into another game.
The benefits don’t stop here, however. If you downloaded Poké Transporter, you will also be able to upload pokémon from some of your older games – such as Pokémon Black and White and Black and White 2. These pokémon can then be transferred into your Pokémon X and Y games. You will also have the ability to use the software to download your pokémon into future games.
Still not convinced? As several Guardian Express readers have pointed out, the service is actually quite inexpensive given what you are getting in return, which is peace of mind as well as a great deal of added convenience in your gaming experience. Also, consider that you might easily spend this amount on other things that would only give you a fraction of the pleasure or utility, like a hamburger or a magazine. Added to this, consider that it costs money for Nintendo to pay for equipment, personnel and other expenses of keeping the system running, which is paid out of user fees. Once you consider all of these facts, you see that it’s actually quite reasonable to charge a nominal fee for the service. While we all wish we could get Pokémon Bank free, paying a small fee is actually not such a bad thing.
By Nancy Schimelpfening
Pokémon Bank FAQ – Pokemonxy.com