Pokemon Bank offers online Pokestorage for a fee

For Poképlayers who truly, positively, absolutely must catch them all, Nintendo is introducing an online Pokémon storage system which charges an annual fee. The Pokémon Bank will store up to 3,000 pocket monsters, safe from harm and easily transferred between games.

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For Poképlayers who truly, positively, absolutely must catch them all, Nintendo is introducing an online Pokémon storage system which charges an annual fee. The Pokémon Bank will store up to 3,000 pocket monsters, safe from harm and easily transferred between games.

Pokémon X and Y players will be able to store their fighters online in the Bank (the Cloud, as you kids would say), then download them back into either as they please. If you're an obsessive and plan to buy both versions, yes, this means you won't need two handhelds to swap a Pokémon from one to the other.

Bank will be a downloadable app for 3DS, accompanied by the Poké Transporter app. The Transporter can upload pocket monsters from earlier games Pokémon Black and White (and v2 of these) into the Bank, though it's only a one-way transfer and can't return any to B&W afterwards.

Nintendo hasn't revealed how much the annual fee will cost. Check the announcement for more. Pokémon X and Y are due to arrive for Nintendo 3DS on October 12.

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    September 4, 2013 7:30 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Pokemon Bank offers online Pokestorage for a fee.

    For Poképlayers who truly, positively, absolutely must catch them all, Nintendo is introducing an online Pokémon storage system which charges an annual fee. The Pokémon Bank will store up to 3,000 pocket monsters, safe from harm and easily transferred between games.

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      September 4, 2013 7:43 AM

      Really, Nintendo? For a fee? To store Pokemon? Sigh...

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        September 4, 2013 8:00 AM

        Not like the pokemon bank can lend and charge interest to borrowers to make money

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        September 4, 2013 8:01 AM

        Really?!

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        September 4, 2013 8:01 AM

        It's obviously a niche thing, might as well soak the whales.

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        September 4, 2013 8:07 AM

        $5/mo? Would hate. $5/year? AOK

        It also has Black/White 1/2 compatibility! I have some crazy shizz in there.

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        September 4, 2013 8:09 AM

        Wonder if this is a first step towards a Pokemon MMO.

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        September 4, 2013 10:38 AM

        C'mon, its 42 cents a month. I thought most Shackers were stupid rich.

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      September 4, 2013 8:06 AM

      Video game gouging is at an all time high I see

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      September 4, 2013 10:02 AM

      It's a good idea, but charging a fee? There's just no real need for that. I mean it's just going to be a small encrypted file tied to a user account, right? What's so demanding about that so there needs to be a fee?

      Huh? Won't be encrypted? Oh, passwords stored in cleartext? Ah. Now that makes sense. They'll need the revenue to pay for the insurance policy to cover when little Timmy's account gets hacked and the feds jump down their COPA dodging throats.

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        September 4, 2013 10:03 AM

        Whoa, that came out way meaner than I meant it to.