In a bit of good news for many gamers around the world, Pokémon Bank has now been released to Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
According to Serebii.net, the game is automatically at Version 1.1.
In answer to the question that has plagued many fans of the Pokémon series of games, the free trial on Pokémon Bank has indeed been extended. For those in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, it will be available for redemption until March 14 of this year. Once the free trial ends, the app will be available for a nominal annual fee of £4.49/€4.99. In North America, the price is set at $4.99.
Those who are lucky enough to already have access to Pokémon Bank will also have special access to a free Celebi. Those with both trial and paid accounts can get this special offering of the Time Travel Pokemon. All they need to do is to make a deposit in Pokémon Bank from either Pokémon X or Pokémon Y. The next time the game is loaded, Brigette with give the Celebi.
Sadly for North American Pokémon fans, there is still no word about when Pokémon Bank will be released in their market. However, given the pattern that Nintendo has been following, it appears there will not be any advance notice provided. So far, Nintendo has simply added the app to the eShops and then made an announcement several hours later via their Twitter feed. It appears likely it will follow this same game plan when Pokémon Bank does finally become available in North America.
Last month Pokémon Bank was relaunched in the Japanese and Korean eShops, as well as certain other Asian countries, with no fanfare. In fact, Nintendo did not mention it on their Twitter feed until several hours after the fact. When making the announcement, they made no promises of when a North American release might occur, simply tweeting that customers should “stay tuned to social channels for updates on availability in other regions, including North America.”
So far, Pokémon Bank and its companion app, Poké Transporter, have been released to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. This leaves only North American pokémon masters without the long-awaited apps.
Originally the apps, which will allow players to store and manipulate up to 3,000 pokémon in Nintendo’s cloud-based service, were scheduled to be released on December 25, 2013 in Japan, followed by a December 27 release everywhere else. Unfortunately, Nintendo quickly found its servers overloaded with holiday traffic and had to delay the release. Since that date, gamers around the world have been chasing release date rumors in hopes of finally learning when the apps would be released to the public. Now, it appears there simply is no way to know in advance when it will be released into any given market. Nintendo simply drops the apps when it is ready and then makes an announcement. The only thing that does seem predictable at this point is that Pokémon Bank will eventually make its appearance in the North American eShop. Those fans who don’t yet have it just need to be patient for a little while longer.
By Nancy Schimelpfening