Much to the frustration of loyal Pokémon fans everywhere, while the Nintendo eShop is back in business, the release date for Pokémon Bank is still delayed indefinitely. However, there are some signs of progress; its companion app, Poké Transporter, has been added back to the Japan Nintendo eShop for those who managed to download Pokémon Bank prior to the outage. Unfortunately, it is still not available for those who do not already have Pokémon Bank.
The apps were originally schedule to be released on December 25 in Japan, with an expected release date of December 27 for the rest of the world. However, there was so much traffic going to Nintendo’s server network on Christmas day –thanks to people receiving Wii U- and Nintendo 3DS-related gifts–that the servers quickly ran into problems dealing with all of the traffic. Players began to have trouble signing up for Nintendo Network IDs and downloading content. In order to deal with the problem, Nintendo was forced to remove the Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter apps from their Japanese eShop and delay the Western release of the apps.
Nintendo then proceeded to shut down the eShops for 12 hours to make repairs. Presumably what they did was increase the capacity of their servers, but whatever they did seems to have worked because the eShops are up and running again. Nintendo further says that they do not expect any more service outages.
While PokéTransporter has been restored to the Japanese eShop, Pokémon Bank itself still remains unavailable worldwide with no word of a new release date. But, Nintendo is now recommending that players go ahead and register a Nintendo Network ID, which may be a sign of its impending release.
As gamers patiently wait for Nintendo to get Pokémon Bank back in the eShop, new details about the limitations of the service have been revealed by players who have been able to test it out.
One restriction is the fact that Items and Eggs cannot go into Pokémon Bank. Any items that are being held by a pokémon during a transfer will be removed and placed back into the player’s bag. Unfortunately, this means that Origin Forme Giratina will become Altered Forme when transferred.
Another limitation on transfers is that Black Kyurem and White Kyuren cannot be place in the box without first being defused.
And, finally–although many would argue this isn’t really a limitation–hacked pokémon cannot be transferred. All pokémon that a player attempts to place into Pokémon Bank will undergo a check to see if they are hacked. If so, they will not be allowed to be deposited.
Although Nintendo has yet to firm up an intended release date for Pokémon Bank, they continue to promise that it will be “as soon as possible” and signs of progress continue to be seen, such as the re-release of Poké Transporter in Japan. Players around the world only hope that Nintendo has taken adequate steps to increase their server capacity so that further delays are not seen when hordes of Pokémon fans rush to download the long-awaited app.
By Nancy Schimelpfening