Pokémon Bank is Released in Europe

Pokéfans in Europe can finally rejoice as after a lengthy delay following its initial 27th of December release, Pokémon Bank has finally gone live. The service allows players to transfer their beloved Pokémon from their game cartridges to what is effectively a PokéCloud, an online storage facility similar to the PC in game. The service will allow players to store up to 3,000 of their new monsters from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. But the real incentive to subscribe to Pokémon Bank is an app named the Poké Transporter (it’s hard not to picture a film where Jason Statham smuggles a group of Bidoof through France with some sleek driving and oil-based martial arts), which allows all your favourite Pocket Monsters from Black and White and their corresponding sequels to be transferred to your 3DS (or 2DS) system. 

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One of the standout features of any Pokémon game is and always will be the bond you develop with your team, and since the days of Ruby and Sapphire there has been a way to transfer old Pokémon to new games. With the Poké Transporter this online service will allow this to continue, and some cherished Pokémon that are nearly 11 years old will be able to make an appearance on current generation consoles. Not only that but of course any previously caught shiny Pokémon or legendaries that you don’t fancy waiting for in new games or battering for on the Global Trade System.

The only aspect of this that may deter players is the price, as the service will cost £4.49/€4.99 a year to maintain, which if you transfer most of your previous Pokémon may be almost essential if you want space in your PC for the future. To take the edge off this additional cost Nintendo are offering 30 days free trial to hurriedly transfer all your past favourites. Not only this, but there’s a reason to sign up even if you have never played a Pokémon game before, as the second generation Legendary Pokémon Celebi will be available for players to receive following the download of Pokémon Bank. This will allow players who have missed any previous events to get this extremely rare Pokémon, a perk that would perhaps be worth £5 in itself. You also must have a Nintendo Network ID, but your console will prompt you to get one before downloading, and it is fairly straightforward (just make sure you have your club Nintendo details handy).

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All in all, for anyone with a vested interest in the Pokémon series, Pokémon Bank is likely to remain at the forefront for any upcoming Pokémon games and is a must have for all those looking to complete the ever-expanding Pokédex. For more information on the service, you can visit the Pokémon Bank website here

Pokémon Bank and the Poké Transporter app are available to download on Nintendo’s eShop now.

 

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