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Pokémon Trainers Need Pokémon Bank Now October 22, 2013

Posted by Maniac in Editorials.
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One of the biggest developments after the announcement of Pokémon X and Y was the announcement of Pokémon Bank.  For a small yearly fee, gamers could upload all the Pokémon they’ve captured in the various Pokémon games to the internet.  It offered gamers a larger storage capacity than the sixth generation games could, and ensured that a player’s Pokémon would not be lost if they sold or traded in their games.  Nintendo also announced that they would release a small companion app for the 3DS to help gamers transfer any Pokémon captured in Pokémon Black, Pokémon WhitePokémon Black 2, and Pokémon White 2 called Poké Transporter.   Because the fifth generation games allowed you to trade Pokémon from earlier games to it (and those earlier games allowed trading with even earlier ones), with the help of the Poké Transporter a player could theoretically transfer nearly every Pokémon they’ve ever captured over six generations of games to Pokémon Bank!  Once stored in Pokémon Bank, the Pokémon can be used in X, Y, and any future generation Pokémon games.  This is of course provided the player still had their games and the hardware to play them, but it is a very strong incentive to get long-time Pokémon players to sign up for the service.

I spoke to a Pokémon Trainer today who had been collecting Pokémon since the release of Pokémon Emerald on the Game Boy Advance, and he was frustrated that there currently was no way to bring any of the Pokémon he already captured in the earlier games to his new game.  Nintendo has made it clear that players are not allowed to trade Pokémon from earlier Pokémon games directly to X or Y, so the only way you will be able to bring your Pokémon to the games is with Pokémon Bank and the Poké Transporter app, even though earlier games allowed it.  Nintendo says this is the case because they can’t allow sixth generation exclusive Pokémon to end up in earlier Pokémon games, it could break something.

With the ability to trade your Pokémon from earlier games missing from X and Y, the only way to get your Pokémon into the new game is through Pokémon Bank.  The problem is Pokémon Bank won’t get its official release until December, and Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are out now.  I’m sure there are many Pokémon X and Y players who are also frustrated about this.  Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are designed around the ability to use the Pokémon Bank to collect and store Pokémon, but since the service is currently not active, it cannot be used.    It would have been nice if Pokémon Bank launched on the same day as the sixth generation games, but alas it was not to be.  Hopefully Nintendo is taking the time to work out all the bugs before launching the service to ensure a smooth rollout.

Pokémon Bank launches in December 2013 to the Nintendo 3DS.  The fee to join is $4.99 US per year, but there will be a free 30-day trial period for Pokémon Trainers interested in testing the system out first before signing up for it.