news\ Sep 4, 2013 at 11:40 am

Pokémon Bank app announced for Nintendo 3DS, store your Pokémon online


During today's Nintendo Direct presentation, GAME FREAK inc. director Junichi Masuda announced the Pokémon Bank, a new Nintendo 3DS application and service that allows Pokémon X and Pokémon Y players to conveniently store up to 3,000 of their Pokémon on the Internet.  This will be in addition to the Boxes found within the individual games.

Using Pokémon Bank, you can deposit and withdraw Pokemon from multiple copies of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Here's how it works:

Once a Pokémon X or Pokémon Y Game Card is inserted into a Nintendo 3DS system or the downloadable version of the game is opened, the Pokémon Bank software can be turned on for use. Players can then transfer Pokémon from multiple copies of the game via Pokémon Bank to one copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y.

Pokémon Bank software is activated upon payment of an annual service fee. This charge will support maintenance of the online server that allows players to store up to 3,000 Pokémon conveniently, and will provide the application's support for future Pokémon titles.

Additionally, you'll be able to transfer Pokémon caught in other Pokémon games easy using the linked application, Poké Transporter.

...just insert Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, or Pokémon White 2 into your Nintendo 3DS system and use Poké Transporter to transfer Pokémon from those games into Pokémon Bank.

Pokémon Bank will be available in North America on Nintendo eShop with more details coming in "the near future." Also announced today were two new special Nintendo 3DS XL hardware designs themed for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. These systems come in Red or Blue and feature brand new Legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal. They will launch on September 27 for $199.99 each.

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