Yesterday, (Feb 5) Nintendo launched Pokemon Bank in North America. The release was the last of the major markets and comes a day after the European release of the program. Pokemon Bank was originally scheduled to be released in December of 2013, but the popularity of the program upon initial release in Asia caused Nintendo to recall the program due to server overloads.
Those who download the program will have the ability to store 3,000 Pokemon on a cloud storage device connected directly to the 3Ds the program is registered on. Those who use the app by September will receive a free Celebi, a dual psychic/grass legendary Pokemon introduced in Generation II. Pokemon Bank, while initially free to download, will cost an annual charge of $4.99USD. However, those who download and use the program before March 31, 2014 will receive a 30-day trial period.
Bundled with Pokemon Bank is Pokemon Transporter. This app allows the transfer of Pokemon from Pokemon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2 to be transferred to Pokemon X and Y. Those of you who have a downloaded version of Pokemon X or Y versions will be much happier using this program than those of us that have physical copies. In order to transfer your Pokemon over you must:
NOTE: Be sure to save each time you are done one of the steps inside one of the games or Pokemon Bank!
1. Place the Pokemon you wish to transfer in Storage Box 1 of your Gen 5 game.
2. Start Pokemon Transporter and transfer the box, the whole box, and nothing but the box.
3. Switch out your Gen 5 game cartridge for your Gen 6 cartridge. (Those with downloaded copies of the game can skip this step.)
4. Start Pokemon Bank and move the Pokemon you just transferred over out of the Transfer Box.
5. Switch out your Gen 6 game cartridge for your Gen 5 cartridge. (Those with downloaded copies of the game can skip this step.)
6. Repeat steps 1-5 until all Pokemon you wish to transfer have been moved to the Pokemon Bank.
As you can see, the program is a hassle to use if you don’t have a downloaded version of X or Y, and even then, there’s still a lot to do. However, it is a small price to pay for those who wish to complete their pokedexes and trigger some special events that can only be done with Pokemon not naturally found in the Kalos region.