Nintendo continues to reassure anxious Pokémon fans that its long-awaited Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter are indeed set for release in the future and more information will be coming soon. The update and request for patience came on January 10 on Nintendo’s official Twitter page.
Originally the Pokémon Bank app and its companion app Poké Transporter were scheduled to be released in Japan on December 25, followed by a December 27 release date elsewhere. These plans were quickly scrapped and the apps were removed from the Japan eShop after a holiday-related surge in network traffic overwhelmed the eShop’s servers.
Nintendo has been working diligently ever since to correct the problems. At one point it took its servers offline for 12 hours in order to presumably upgrade its capacity. Since that time, things have improved for users of the eShop, however, the much-anticipated Pokémon Bank remains elusive.
Fans got excited at one point when a screen capture that purported to be an official announcement from Nintendo was being circulated. The announcement, which has since been proven to be a fake, claimed that the apps would be released in Europe on December 30, followed by a January 3 release date in Oceania and a January 7 release date in the U.S. It further claimed that the window for the 30-day free trial would be extended to February 28. This rumor was quickly debunked by many astute fans of the game, however, when they noticed many discrepancies in the information on the fake announcement. In addition, the supposed U.S. release date has come and gone without the apps being released, putting the rumor to rest for good.
So when is the new release date? So far, Nintendo has refused to put a specific date on it, instead making vague promises that it is coming in the future and asking its customers to continue to be patient.
Gamers have been waiting for the apps since they were first announced on September 4, 2013 on an episode of Nintendo Direct, Nintendo’s official news broadcasting service. The new apps promised to allow players to store and manipulate up to 3,000 pokémon in Nintendo’s new cloud-based service, giving players added convenience and peace of mind. Not only would they be able to easily transfer pokémon between games, but they would also be able to retrieve their pokémon in the event that they ever lost or damaged a game, all for a nominal annual fee of only $4.99. Add in a 30-day free trial period and a special free Celebi and many players were extremely eager to download the apps just as soon as they made an appearance in the eShop. Unfortunately they found that the wait was not over on December 27 and it has continued to be extended indefinitely, causing them much consternation and worry.
As Nintendo continues to ask for patience, many gamers have had numerous questions about the apps, including whether they really are coming soon or will be released at all. They have also had concerns about whether Nintendo will extend the deadline for the 30-day free trial. It is clear from Nintendo’s tweets, however, that the company does intend to release the apps and is working very hard to make that happen. It is doubtful that Nintendo would not extend the 30-day free trial period and do everything it can to keep its customers happy, especially after they have waited so long.
By Nancy Schimelpfening