Pokémon Bank January 7 Release Date Rumor Addressed

Pokemon Bank

A rumor has been circulating on Internet forums that the new scheduled U.S. release date for Pokémon Bank is January 7, 2014.  The proof supplied to support this rumor is the image above, which is a very convincing-looking screen shot of what purports to be a December 27, 2013 update from Nintendo, stating that the apps will be released in the EU market on December 30, 2013, followed by a January 3 release in Oceania and a January 7 release in the U.S.

Given the fact that the dates were written in the European style, with the date preceding the month, a Guardian Liberty Voice reporter went to look at the UK version of Nintendo’s website.  The latest update posted on December 27, the same date as the screenshot, did not make any mention of an intended release date.  Nor did the game turn up in a search of the eShop.  If the rumored EU release date of December 30 were legtitimate then the apps should already be available on the UK eShop, or at least mentioned on their support page.

A quick search of the American Nintendo website also did not reveal any sort of announcement of a release date.  And, given that the rumored EU release date has already come and gone without the game being released there, it appears that the entire announcment may in fact be a fake.

As proof that the announcement is most likely a clever Photoshop job, some forum posters have also pointed out a typo in the announcement.  It promises a Janunary 7, 2013 release in the U.S. as well as  Februrary 28, 2013 extension for the free 30-day trial period.  These errors suggest that whoever did the Photoshop probably used a legitimate Nintendo announcement as the basis for their fraudulent announcement, but forgot to change the years.

Of course, the false release dates may not be that far off from reality.  Nintendo appears to have been working diligently to solve the problems which left its servers overloaded on Christmas day and many frustrated gamers unable to download games or apps or even register their Nintendo Network IDs.  The company have already taken the step of taking the eShops offline for a period of 12 hours in order to presumably increase their server capacity.  In addition, the companion app for Pokémon Bank, called Poké Transporter, has already been restored to the Japanese eShop for those players who were lucky enough to get Pokémon Bank before the outage.

Fans of Pokémon have been eagerrly awaiting the new apps since the release of Pokémon X and Y back in October.  Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter are designed to work together to allow players to transfer and manage their pokémon more easily than ever before.  It comes with a cloud service which allows players to store up to 3,000 pokémon and keep them safe from being lost should a player’s game ever get lost or destroyed.  A free 30-day trial will be available to players who download Pokémon Bank, but there will be a nominal $4.99 annual fee after the trial ends.

As far as the January 7 release date rumor, unless official confirmation comes from Nintendo, it appears to be nothing but a hoax.

By Nancy Schimelpfening



Nintendo UK

Nintendo US

31 Responses to "Pokémon Bank January 7 Release Date Rumor Addressed"

  1. ANGRY FAN   January 15, 2014 at 11:26 am

    But it’s January 15 now.

  2. Doug   January 8, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Pokemon hsu

  3. Red   January 8, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    You could obviously see that it says 2013 instead of 2014…

  4. Black   January 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I just checked it today and its fake

  5. Paula Salazar   January 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I think Pokemon is useless and has no value including this mess about the Pokemon Bank. It’s fake and void. Pokemon Bank should be shut down permanently for causing all this confusion.

  6. Connor   January 5, 2014 at 11:53 am

    What about the UK Eshop do we get it on the same day as the US get it.

  7. Kat   January 5, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Wow. LOL at everyone who didn’t read the article. “AMGZ this is FAKE!! 1!”

    Sherlock Holmes right here.

  8. Rita   January 3, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I live in the Netherlands which is in Europe and I have still not been able to download Pokebank so the release date in EU was not december 30th.

  9. John Li   January 2, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Do you had to make a article about this “Forum posted fake stuff”

    I know you have the rights post anything on article. But this is not article or news. This is discussion about someone posting fake stuff on the internet?

    Therefore this is NOT News Article

    The Sources are invalid as you see mostly if is just from gamefaq

    So far checked no Vaild sources

    As i agree with most of the comments this is indeed a discussion i don’t know why is a news and along with attention atrracting

  10. William Biggs   January 2, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter: Pokémon Bank is software that lets players store up to 3,000 Pokémon from the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games. Poké Transporter is an application that lets players take the Pokémon they’ve caught through the years and transferred into Pokémon Black and Pokémon White, as well as Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, and transfer them into Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter launch Dec. 27. Players can download a 30-day free trial version anytime between launch and Jan. 31, 2014. Following the free trial, an annual usage fee will apply forPokémon Bank. Anyone who accesses a Pokémon Bank box by Sept. 30, 2014, will receive the Pokémon Celebi as a special gift.

    This is from the Nintendo Page itself. Of announcements. If it was a fake it would not be on the nintendo official site. The 2013 is a misprint clearly. Do your research and stop over thinking it.

    • William Biggs   January 2, 2014 at 10:37 am

      The reason for the delay is an entirely different issue.

    • William Biggs   January 2, 2014 at 10:41 am

      According to Nintendo Eshop the following product of debate is TBD. This most likely means that the product did not reach the PAR and they are still making it satisfactory with consumer demands and to please the desires necessary.

  11. Unseatedname   January 2, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Just follow serebii they say it when the date is set

  12. Demetre   January 2, 2014 at 6:40 am

    This is fake,look at the date it says january 2013

    • Heather Swing   January 2, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      dude says december 2013 on my page for the posting not jan

  13. Mohammad j   January 2, 2014 at 5:53 am

    I really need Pokemon bank because random pokem like deoxys are popinng out of wonder trade!,

  14. Mr.Anonymous   January 1, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    While I already know this is fake, I full-heartedly believe that Game Freak is scrapping Pokémon Bank and we should all give up hope if they give us a new release date by next Monday

  15. send2dev   January 1, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Just give me my damn celebi already!

  16. Sara Testa   January 1, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Um yeah, that Photoshop says, January 7 2013…not 2014.

    That is the worst Photoshop I ever seen. lol

  17. Razzzel   January 1, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    It’s most likely just someone using inspect element.
    Doing it with photoshop would take way more time.

  18. Doodle210   January 1, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    They just saw this and made an article about it… I’m done with this site.

    • Drew   January 1, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      I don’t think you read the article . It clearly says it is fake.

      • rubarb   January 2, 2014 at 6:21 am

        i wouldn’t worry too much lol, they just lost a viewer who doesn’t seem to actually read past 1/2 of the title

  19. Anonymous   January 1, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    nobody noticed that it said “apologise” instead of “apologize”?

    • Anonymous user   January 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      Apologise is British English.

      • Jay   January 2, 2014 at 3:26 am

        “British English” is English. Contrary to American English, which is the bastardised adaptation of the original language. As such “apologise” is the correct spelling of the English word. Excuse the rant, the British English quasi-tautology was just so damn annoying!

        • Fredo   January 2, 2014 at 7:52 am

          Why? “British English” means “English spoken at Great Britain”, and since English is spoken at a few different countries, it’s not a tautology… Why would you find that annoying?

          I live in Spain, and there’s a big difference between the Spanish spoken here and the one from Mexico, Peru or Venezuela, just to name a few. That doesn’t mean our USE of Spanish is better than theirs.

          Languages evolve and change based on their speakers, get over it!

  20. Nick Lundell   January 1, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Says 2013 not 2014, fake.

  21. Zethial   January 1, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    It will be available on the 7th of January 2013 for US? Fail lol

  22. John Cordell   January 1, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    And the first glaring error is “E-Shop.” Should have been “eShop,” which is the trademarked IP.

  23. Link   January 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Looks fake to me sense it says it was posted on December 27


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