Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter launch on 3DS

Nintendo has finally released their brand new Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter apps in North America, allowing trainers to safely store and transfer their pocket monsters from the last two generations of games. The apps were originally set to launch on December 27, but a lengthy Nintendo Network outage led to a roughly five-week delay.

The Pokémon Bank is a premium service allowing players to hold up to 3,000 different Pokémon across 100 boxes. Pokémon can be deposited and withdrawn directly from Pokémon X & Y, while the Poké Transporter allows for transfers from the Black & White series.

The Pokémon Bank is on the 3DS eShop for a $4.99 a year fee. Those that try the app by September 30 will get the Grass/Psychic-type Celebi to add to their collection.