Nintendo aired its second 'Pokémon Direct' this morning, discussing a few more of the special features that fans of the series can look forward to this October. One of the major points they discussed was an upcoming service that will use cloud technology to store a player's Pokémon safely on the internet. This new feature, dubbed “Pokémon Bank” will offer players 100 boxes of storage, allowing them to save a total of 3000 Pokémon.
This is apparently a feature that Nintendo and GameFreak have wanted to implement for quite some time, with it having been in the works for approximately five years. This can be considered a successor to previous software, such as Pokémon Box Ruby and Sapphire for the Nintendo Gamecube and My Pokémon Ranch for the Wii.
Players will also be able to transfer their Pokémon from Black, White and their sequels. This is done through a second application called “Poké Transporter”, which can be downloaded as an add-on for Pokémon Bank. Once in the bank, Pokémon can then be easily transferred directly to X and Y. With the right hardware, it is entirely possible for an avid fan to have transferred their Pokémon from generation to generation, all the way from the decade-old Ruby and Sapphire.
Unfortunately, this service won't be free. Due to maintenance, and the fact that it will reportedly be compatible with all future titles in the franchise, players will have to pay an annual fee for Pokémon Bank. Nintendo didn't reveal what this fee would be, stating that they would have more details soon. Pokémon X and Y are set to launch worldwide for the 3DS on October 12th.