Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter 3DS apps store 'em all online

A new pair of 3DS apps will let Pokemon trainers sort, store, and transfer their Pokemon more easily than ever before, for an unspecified annual charge.

Nintendo revealed the Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter 3DS apps in a Nintendo Direct earlier today: the former provides online storage boxes for up to 3,000 Pokemon, and the latter allows trainers to easily transfer Pokemon from Black and White and Black and White Version 2 to the Pokemon Bank (for compatibility reasons, it's a one-way trip).

Once uploaded, veteran Pokemon can be handled like any other collectible beast in the bank--sorted, searched, and downloaded en masse to Pokemon X and Y, and presumably any future titles. Plus, they'll be safe and sound if your game or system ever goes BASE jumping out of your hands.

Previously, players needed two systems and an afternoon clear to trade a large number of Pokemon from one game to another. Now they just need two apps--and the unspecified fee, though Bank will come with a free trial--which work with either the retail or eShop versions of the games.


  • DarthEnderX - September 6, 2013 10:44 p.m.

    As someone who has all 649 pokemon and is sick to death of transferring their entire collection 6 at a time through some stupid minigame, I can honestly say, this is something I have been waiting for for FOREVER. It sucks that it's a paid service, but if it really is only $5 a year, that's not bad at all.
  • DarthEnderX - September 6, 2013 10:46 p.m.

    Also, now that I know my collection doesn't have to be stored on a specific cartridge or system hard drive, I don't feel apprehensive about getting the digital version anymore.
  • SpadesSlick - September 4, 2013 5:02 p.m.

    This is all i've wanted from the next gen. Cloud storage for pokemon lets me restart games without having to lose everything. The thought that one day I might be able to pass on my collection to a kid or grand kid is pretty awesome as well. Adds a nice legacy aspect to the series.
  • shawksta - September 4, 2013 3:21 p.m.

    Funny how the day AFTER Pokemon X and Y Weekly this happens. Were gonna have to wait a full week for you guys to talk about these and Mega Charizard,Blastoise and Venasuar.
  • ObliqueZombie - September 4, 2013 2:27 p.m.

    That sucks that it's an "annual fee," as that seems silly, but apparently being $5 is cheap as hell.
  • JarkayColt - September 4, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    When I saw this in the Direct earlier, I thought this was a really smart thing for them to have done: a Pokémon storage facility that is potentially compatible with all future Pokémon games. Transferring and storing Pokémon in the previous games was such a faff and this should make it MUCH easier. There's actually quite a lot of benefits. Pokémon Bank should let you easily transport all of your Generation V Pokémon without having to mess about with trivial things like Pal Park or the PokéTransfer Lab. The fact that it has a FREE TRIAL means that anybody and everybody should be able to send their gen V favourites to X & Y at the very least. Since there is no conventional way to connect a DS to a 3DS, this makes a lot of sense, and it also means you can send your Pokémon from Gen V to Gen IV without needing two systems (which was kind of stupid). This is very important considering that X&Y will be available digitally. This also means that if you were to buy BOTH X and Y (or any future gen six game, for instance, e.g. a hypothetical "Z"), you'll also be able to "trade" with yourself a lot easier by simply sending Pokémon to Bank from X and downloading to Y (and vice versa). This means you don't have to catch a load of easy junky Pokémon like Patrat just to trade your own Pokémon to a new game. Theoretically, this also means that unless they put some sort of measure in place, you COULD beat X or Y, send all your Pokémon to Pokémon Bank, and START A NEW GAME without losing your Pokémon. I know TONNES of people who have clamoured for this ability for, like, forever. This would be the next best thing besides having two saves. Another bonus is that it supposedly blocks hacks. They're also blocking hacks in online competitions, so hopefully Gen IV has a much cleaner battle environment.
  • shawksta - September 4, 2013 3:23 p.m.

    Speaking of "blocks hacks" lets hope they dont make MISTAKES like the GTS did with Cofagrigus. Apparently, your not allowed to trade Cofagrigus because he contains a 3 letter word curse within his name, GOOD JOB GUYS
  • JarkayColt - September 4, 2013 3:54 p.m.

    Yeah, although it was with good intentions Game Freak went totally overboard with their censors in Gen V. It's not just Cofagrigus, but I've also had trouble with Weedle and Nosepass, to name a couple examples. However, I find it hilarious that SOMEBODY (singular or plural) at Game Freak had to compile that blacklist and then sit there programming it into the game. I guarantee they couldn't do it with a straight face, lawls (or just felt incredibly dirty doing it). There's a HUMUNGOUS list on Bulbapedia but I won't link to it because of how incredibly vulgar it is. I doubt that they'll accidently block legitimately obtained Pokémon though. I can't remember the specifics, but a hacked, externally generated or modified Pokémon is missing a tiny portion of data that Pokémon generated normally by the game have. All the system does is check whether that fragment of data is there or not. I think they use it at the VGCs and it's fairly foolproof.
  • shawksta - September 4, 2013 11:15 p.m.

    Actually, just recently at a Pokemon Tournament a LOT were disqualified for Hacked Pokemon
  • JarkayColt - September 5, 2013 2:26 a.m.

    Of course. A ton of people were disqualified so that means the anti-hack measures are working. It doesn't stop people from putting hacks on there in the first place though, obviously, but at least Bank will stop them from coming forward. Still, a lot of competitive battlers try and avoid what they call "contamination" by hacked Pokémon. Apparantly, the checks are so sensitive (or at least they used to be, I think they've improved it since then) that if you had just ONE hacked Pokémon on your game you could be disqualified, even if it wasn't on your team (e.g., if you got one accidently from the GTS). I think now, the competitions, at least the online ones, just check the team you're entering though, so it's less likely to unnecessarily disqualify you. Either way, the system WILL find hacked Pokémon and ONLY hacked Pokémon. Unfortunately there's no surefire way of blocking people who abuse the RNG though unless they investigate it case-by-case, because that's cheating as much as hacking. I mean, having a Shiny Pokémon with perfect IVs or Hidden Power is incredibly fishy and it happens more often than it should, the worst part being that since it was still generated internally, the game treats it as a legit Pokémon.
  • shawksta - September 5, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    Yeah hopefully all things will go well in the future
  • Campber7741 - September 13, 2013 10:34 p.m.

    The one thing I would be interested to see is whether or not the Poke Transfer would a) block people from transferring Pokémon is they used a 'complete Pokedex hack' (in a similar manner to the way the Global Link did their blocks e.g. Error Code 13204) and b) whether or not they'd block event Pokémon that came from somewhere like Pokedit. The Pokedit one, in my opinion, would be harder to check. My reason for saying this is that I got the Shiny Dialga and Shiny Palkia events from EB Games. My friend 'downloaded' an event Shiny Palkia off of Pokedit and, other than my Palkia and his one having different natures, are practically the same thing (OT number, had a fateful encounter, etc.) with the only difference being that I know that his one came from the Event Pokémon page on Pokedit.
  • shawksta - September 4, 2013 10:22 a.m.

    Its 500 yen in japan and will release december, converting to $5 a Year. Pretty cheap. and the service, is apparently to keep it going into the future, otherwise we can all download the 1 month free, transfer and then get out
  • J-Fid - September 4, 2013 10:18 a.m.

    The unspecified fee is $5.00 a year.
  • J-Fid - September 4, 2013 10:20 a.m.

    Well, it's 500 Yen, which will probably be $5.00.
  • rainn'sgaydar - September 4, 2013 10:17 a.m.

    Scary to think what would happen if you were to let your subscription lapse. And while I'm disappointed that it requires a subscription, if it makes transferring Pokemon as easy as it sounds, then it's probably worth it for the diehards. As an only semi-serious collector, I'm on the fence about it.
  • EAC73 - September 4, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    I don't know why they have to charge for this, unless it isn't built into the new game like Pal Park.
  • Cyberninja - September 4, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    I think its more of a charge because it will work will all future game indefinitely
  • EAC73 - September 4, 2013 1:39 p.m.

    Well since it's $5 apparently, I'm fine with that.
  • DarthEnderX - September 6, 2013 10:42 p.m.

    5 dollars how often?

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