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The Pokemon Bank finally launched!

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At long last, three months after it was promised, Nintendo finally released their add-on Pokémon Bank for Pokémon X/Y. For those who don’t know the Pokémon Bank is a feature that allows players to store Pokémon for a fee. Fear not for the first thirty days are free and the cost is only $4.99 a year for the upkeep so not bad overall. Now, as to how it works…

It’s relatively easy to setup. First, insert a Pokémon X/Y cartridge into the 3DS, download the app on the eShop, and then register that game to the bank. Players can store up to 3,000 Pokémon in the bank. Ah, but here’s the best part. Pokémon from Pokémon Black/White and Black/White 2 can be transferred to the Pokémon Bank via another app called the Poké Transporter.

Unfortunately Pokémon can only be transferred one box at time, which has to be emptied into X/Y before continuing. It’s a back and forth process that while tedious, is less strenuous than it was to move Pokémon across other games previous to this. It’s not perfect, but it’s a simple to use proof of concept that can easily be evolved. It’s about time Nintendo!

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