Pokemon Bank launching December 27 on the 3DS eShop
posted on 12.13.13 at 11:31 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Deposit, withdraw, and manage up to 3,000 Pokemon in private online boxes.

Pokemon Bank, Nintendo’s downloadable software service for Pokemon X and Y, will launch on the 3DS eShop on December 27, the company announced.

The application allows players to deposit, withdraw, and manage up to 3,000 Pokemon in private boxes online; transfer Pokemon from multiple copies of Pokemon X and Y; and transfer Pokemon from Pokemon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2 to Pokemon X and Y using the Poke Transporter, a linked application tied to Pokemon Bank.

Users who download Pokemon Bank and the linked Poke Transporter application between December 27 and January 31 will receive a free 30 day trial pass. After this perid, the service will cost $4.99 per year.

Watch a trailer below.

  • Shady Shita

    This is SUPER COOL !!!

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      And super not free. Good thing that after transferring Pokemon from White 2 I will never touch it again.

      • http://kougeru.tumblr.com/ Kougeru

        4.99 what even the lowest people make in a little over half an hour of work.

        • Pyrofrost

          If someone is only making $7.25 / hr; they sure as hell shouldn’t be investing in a poke-bank.

          My more immediate concern is, how is this any better than the nickle-and-diming tactics of other companies?
          Personally, I don’t care, if I was a poke-fan, I would buy it too. I’m just wondering about the rational behind that way of thinking..

          • Ultimasamune

            I make 7.25/hr; I’m investing in it. It’s less than one hour of my time. Please do not speak for anyone but yourself.

            This is an online service that Nintendo plans to continue for two to three years at the very least, and thus will require maintenance and updates.

            I suppose I do agree that there should be a separate, free way to transport Pokémon from Gen V to Gen VI (beyond the one free month), but as far as cloud storage goes, the charge is completely reasonable.

            • Pyrofrost

              I guess I should clarify then. If someone is only making $7.25 / hr for the purpose of survival, rather than for spending money; they shouldn’t be investing in a poke-bank. Or should I say, it would not be a wise investment.

              Hopefully that is more suitable.

              • Ultimasamune

                Not suitable, just extremely presumptuous, pompous, and insulting.

                • Pyrofrost

                  But not wrong, I’m glad we see eye to eye here.

                  If you are just working a min. wage for spending money, there obviously isn’t a problem.
                  Someone who is working min. wage to live on would (or rather, should) have other priorities.

                  This should be common knowledge.

                  EDIT: also, I see you are a new commenter to Gematsu. Welcome to the site, I do hope you enjoy your stay with us.

                  • Ultimasamune

                    It’s evident that you have a very shallow understanding of what it means to “live,” and how ignorant you are of the perceived gap between life and livelihood. You seem to cling to a romantic notion that minimum wage workers are scrabbling for a warm shower and hot food, breaking their backs every day to afford a pair of Levis and a bowl of lukewarm gruel for their children at the lond’s end in their little crom-bolles.

                    In fact, anyone with a job in America can afford a $5.00 per year fee easily, and most can save up for a 3DS and a copy of Pokémon barring family illnesses and other unfortunate income wells.

                    You display the same sort of fetishism for poverty seen in most entitled citizens. No, I’m not saying you’re upper class, and I’m not saying you’re not lower class, either. What I’m saying is that somewhere in your head is the conviction that leisure is somehow off limits for those who don’t live as comfortably as you do.

                    I’m sorry to go on this rant, but the smugness and persistence of your commentary drove me to it, as well as the fact that you tried to discredit my comments by pointing out I’m a “new member,” who for some reason lacks the authority and insight that make what you say worth listening to. Don’t even try to deny it.

                    I’m happy to be on Gematsu, as it’s a wonderful source of news and the community is generally warm and welcoming. But as on any website, people tend to write before they think.

                    • Pyrofrost

                      I think you completely missed point of my original post.

                      Also, I wasn’t discrediting your comment. I was actually welcoming you to Gematsu as a gesture of kindness.

        • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

          Doesn’t matter. The service shouldn’t cost anything.

        • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

          Not the point. It should be free.

          • Acidicsam

            Server’s aren’t free. Even if they just hire one person to maintain the one server they can surely hold all the pokemon in the world with, that’s still one extra employee they have to pay an they are a business.

            $5 a year is a drop in the bucket for most people with a job, and easily worth it to be able to store all of my pokemon for Pokemon games for years to come. Ev

            • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

              Nintendo is insanely rich besides they already have servers. And they run Global Link for free. So invalid. And again the fact that it is only $5/yr is not the point. The point is they shouldn’t make us pay for this.

  • http://www.hush404.com hush404

    Huh. I was rather impressed they were doing this until I see that it costs $4.99/yr.

  • Raoni Marques

    Got a lot of transfers to do

  • Alkhan

    “Are they crazy!? $5.00 a year?!? Nintendo is putting up pay walls now like $ony and M$?!

    That’s what the most crazed Pokemon fans were saying on the Serebii forums and Siliconera comments section when this was first announced. I’m glad the people who were spouting such nonsense have finally calmed down.

    $5.00 a year is like 9 cents a week. Anyone here can get up right now and find 9 cents in like 30 seconds..

  • fyi1191

    I can see tons of players getting this service just to have perfect shiny 6IV Pokemons. It’s either $5/yr or 999 hours to get a perfect.

  • zuuum

    I’m really sad about this. I would love to transfer a few of my HeartGold and Pokemon Black pokemons AND I WOULD EVEN PAY but sadly I can’t even get Torchic with Blazikenite since Nintendo Network isn’t available in my region.

    I know that I’m the minority with this problem but it still sucks.

    • Ultimasamune

      That does suck. Though I understand the charge for the cloud service, I think that Nintendo should have included a simple application bundled with the copies of X and Y that could store a box of Pokémon at a time to be transferred from BW/BW2 to X/Y. That way, people without internet access would be able to carry over their Pokémon from the previous generation.

    • Pekola

      Is there no way you can get online at all?

    • Bobby Jennings

      If you want the Torchic, I’d be happy to give you one. Blazikenite included :)

    • British_Otaku

      Go into your 3DS settings (Other Settings -> Profile – > Region Settings -> something “mainstream” like United States/Canada/United Kingdom/Japan depending on your system) and change your system to another region as detailed in my brackets, you had the “misfortune” of not being in the popular countries like Australia, Germany, Japan or the USA, so this is what we do to access standard features.

      Make your account under another country which has the features and enjoy.

  • TimesTicking

    Not sure why everyone is complaining about the whole $5 per year…
    They are giving you a 30 day trial… Just take advantage of that 30 day trial and never use it ever again…

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      I definitely will be, but that doesn’t excuse them for making it a paywall.

    • Bobby Jennings

      Shouldn’t be behind a paywall. It should be free.

  • Pyrofrost

    I think the best alternative to putting a subscription fee on the Pokemon Bank would be to get the “Nintendo Network” in a position that they can justify a $50/yr subscription for it.

    Then they could just make the Poke-Bank one of its “perks,” like the stuff Playstation users get as a PS+ subscriber.

    • Willgaea

      I’m pretty much done with Y, so I wouldn’t subscribe to this.

      • Bobby Jennings


        • Pyrofrost

          Completely un-related, but since the open forum isn’t up yet I will just ask here.

          Are you picking up Sengoku Basara 4, Sengoku Musou 4, or Shin Gundam Musou?

          and might I add you on PSN?

          • Bobby Jennings

            I might pick up Basara 4 if I have the money.

            And sure! I thought you’d never ask. PSN is GodlessChaos. :P

            • Pyrofrost

              THANKS! ^_^

              Yeah, I’m considering Basara 4 as well. The more I see it, the more I remember how much fun I had with 3, and I want to play it xD

              • Bobby Jennings

                Likewise. I need to save up some money. :P

      • Pyrofrost

        I just think if Nintendo wants to start putting out little paywall subscription services, they should just make their network as a whole more robust.
        Then charge a sub for that, and offer things like this free to subscribers, whilst only charging these app fees to non-subcribers.

        I would gladly play a “Nintendo Network” fee if it meant I would have a legit account system keeping track of all purchases, weekly discounts on shit, and wouldn’t have to pay for these little apps. (Basically if it were something along the lines of PS+)

        • Willgaea

          That would be nice, but Nintendo hates giving stuff away for free.

          • Pyrofrost

            True, but it would be one of the perks of paying $50/yr for the whole network; rather than just opting for the app sub alone.

            It would definitely work in Nintendo’s favor for coaxing people into an inevitable Nintendo Network fee in the future. It would just push things along a little faster than they are used to going. I would rather not see them be the geriatric of the gaming industry forever.

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      HAHAHAH FUCK NO. I am SICK of everything being behind a FUCKING PAYWALL!

      • Pyrofrost

        You know it’s inevitable though. Nintendo is more or less just being slower to catch up to something like that.

        Since they are planning to put subscription prices on little apps like this, I am merely suggesting that they offer things like the Poke-Bank as “free perks” when they start offering a subscription based Nintendo Network.

        I feel like PS+ has set a good standard with how things like that should work. Even XBL is following suit now by offering discounts on games because of Sony’s PS+.

        • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

          Sony’s PS+ should have stayed optional, fucking bastards.

          • Pyrofrost

            Well, in a way, it still is.

            • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

              Not if you want to play online. That was one of the best things about PS3.

              • Pyrofrost

                Fair enough, though that is where the remaining option. For me, online play really isn’t a factor, I’m a subscriber for the perks.

                • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

                  The perks are meh at best for me.

  • Willgaea

    Nearly all my boxes are full. There should really be more boxes in the game.

    • Bobby Jennings

      Seems like they put less boxes just for this.

  • Pyrofrost

    Yes you did, you only responded to half of it.
    The point comes after I said “my more immediate concern.”

  • Ultimasamune

    I didn’t type that comment above.

  • Pyrofrost

    The one I just responded to, or your long comment?

  • Ultimasamune

    The one you just responded to.

    I didn’t respond to your “more immediate concern.” I only wanted to respond to the first part.

    If you genuinely were welcoming me, then I’m sorry. I got heated and took it the wrong way.

  • Pyrofrost

    Well, that was where my main response to the Pokemon Bank was.

    The first point was addressing the “It’s only $4.99” bit that the poster before me said.
    I know people, right now, working multiple minimum wage jobs, just to survive. That is happening right now, in the US. That “just over half hour” is putting food in someone’s mouth or keeping someones water running.

    They could even be people who have a 3DS, love pokemon, and just ran into some really bad luck. That would mean this “$4.99 per year” service is not an option.

    The point of my first statement is that it’s not so simple for everyone. You surely must understand this.

  • Pyrofrost

    Well, I had typed out my actual point of the first part, and that seems to have disappeared.

    And it’s no problem, that happens. I really do welcome you. Lets just move on before Zero has to step in though.

    EDIT: looks like disqus was just being slow.