Nintendo held another of its 'Nintendo Direct' streaming press videos today, this time about the upcoming 'Pokemon X' and 'Pokemon Y' for the Nintendo 3DS handheld.
The most intriguing news of the broadcast was the reveal of Pokemon Bank. This will be a paid service which allows users to store up to 3000 individual Pokemon to a cloud server. The service will also allow the use of the Poke Transporter to transfer monsters over from 'Pokemon Black' or 'Pokemon White.' The fee will be annual, and Pokemon Bank will release to the 3DS e-shop later this year. Further details were not provided.
The talk wasn't limited to the new service. It was revealed that unlike in previous versions of 'Pokemon,' the player will pick their starter Pokemon from an in-game friend, instead of the traditional Professor in the past. After choosing from newcomers Froakie, Fennekin or Chespin from the friend, players will be given the opportunity to choose one of the original starters, Charmander, Squirtle or Bulbasaur. Given the popularity of the original Pokemon, this is sure to excite long time players. In addition, the original starters will have new "mega evolutions," enabling them to transform during battle in order to gain more power.
The video wrapped up by confirming that the previously announced Pokemon X and Y limited edition 3DS XL systems will be coming to the West on Sep 27. It is important to note that this is not a bundle, and 'Pokemon X' and 'Pokemon Y' will launch separately on Oct 12.