Pokemon Bank finally out, download your free Celebi now [UPDATE]

Cloud-based storage vault now available in North America.

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[UPDATE] Serebii reports today that the Pokemon Bank is now available in North America.

The original story is below.

Pokemon Bank, Nintendo's 3DS cloud storage vault, is now available to download in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Users can download and try the application for free until March 14, Pokemon supersite Serebii reports. The app will then turn into a subscription service, which costs £4.49/€4.99 a year. The application's launch date in the US is still unclear, but it'll cost $4.99 when it launches.

Pokemon Bank allows Pokemon X and Y players to store up to 3000 pokemon across 100 boxes on Nintendo's servers. The application will be useful for players looking to fill out their Pokedex, as it's easy to hit the storage limit on both games.

Pokemon Bank also contains Pokemon Transporter, which allows a one-way transmission of Generation V Pokemon--or Pokemon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2--into Pokemon X and Y.

Anyone who tries Pokemon Bank before the end of September will also get their hands on a free Celebi.

Discussion

74 comments
Toro_Nev
Toro_Nev

Was excited until I realized there was a fee.....

Allicrombie
Allicrombie moderator moderator

this sounds like its gonna take awhile to get all my pokes from white into X.

kingtrax
kingtrax

Can I trade my Pokemon money for BitCoin?

Vexov
Vexov

OH WOW, this wasn't out yet!! LOL.

Crossel777
Crossel777

Lol they're charging for this shit? 

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

They need to fix the PokeTransporter to be able to switch boxes and do more than 1 at a time.

JSusie
JSusie

Its ugly.

Its poorly designed

Its a pain in the ass to use


But it gets the job done, I suppose.

Bowser05
Bowser05

Good thing they had ALL this time to iron out details...and the app is a clunky mess. Controlling the transporter is an absolute pain...and I have to keep switching between bank, transporter, Y and White 2. Something that shouldn't take more than 10 minutes has been taking me over 2 hours as a result. What a pain. Regardless, I AM happy I can get my Pokemon finally.

terrariafan247
terrariafan247

Is there any way to play online battles without legendaries/psuedos? It gets really annoying getting beaten by Yvetal and Mewtwo just because I'm not nooby enough to use such OP pokemon.

metalhead1987
metalhead1987

 Anyone having no luck in transferring a legitimate event Arceus to the Pokemon Bank? It's the only event Pokemon that Won't transfer for me.

Halloll
Halloll

so is Flipnote out for the 3DS yet? it was announced even before Poke Bank.

megakick
megakick

K make POKEMON' for Wii U now.

ShiningV67
ShiningV67

So, has anyone tried transferring a Pokemon encountered with Action Replay yet?

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

So...how long till we see a Pokemon battling game on the Wii U (ala Stadium, Colosseum, etc.)?

Celsius765
Celsius765

@EasyComeEasyGo how would you feel if Ash wasn't the main character but a rival instead. the main protags could be the in game trainers

Celsius765
Celsius765

how many of you are just gonna take the free celebi and then delete pokebank

jamesvanas
jamesvanas

@Toro_Nev  If 5 dollars a year is a dealbreaker for you, then maybe you shouldn't be buying video games. That's not really that much to ask considering that it does cost money to run the servers for all this to work.

Bowser05
Bowser05

@terrariafan247  To be fair, if you have a properly thought out and trained team you CAN take them on. I've managed to take down teams with these legendaries about 40% of the time. Granted that's not a positive ratio...but that's pretty good considering the advantage they have.

Shad_Zero
Shad_Zero

@metalhead1987 I did that and worked for me .I have Arceus from my black version in my pokemon Y.it's legitimate.

twisted_sith
twisted_sith

@GinsuVictim  Did you mean you were too young when they first came out? Or do you age in reverse ala Benjamin Button?

Ovirew
Ovirew

@Halloll what is Flipnote?  Is it different than Swapnote?

Ovirew
Ovirew

@louisfoxton You need to use 'Pokémon Link' in the main menu before you start your save file in-game.  First they send you either 100 poke miles or 10 battle points, and you have to accept those, and then go back in to get Celebi.

It's kind of a pain, but free stuff so yay.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

@louisfoxton  deposit pokemon into the box then withdraw some into you pokemon x or y game

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

For Ash, I don't blame him for what he is, I blame the writers over the years he been a lousy Trainer. Ash is base on Red but he's nowhere on his level. I wouldn't mind Ash becoming somebody's Rival, just as long as the Main Character is interesting, I'm cool with the change. I miss Brock and Misty pair.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Celsius765  

Me! Pokemon X is my first Pokemon game and nearly all the Pokemon I wanted from Pokemon Black/White and Black/White 2 I already have aside from the legendaries. 

galacticobob
galacticobob

@skateryanboarde @JSusie  I think its the fact that it only transports pokemon from box 1 in pokemon black you have to go back into black/white/2 and move each pokemon one at a time, then go into poketransporter then into pokebank where you have to insert pokemon x/y.


Its a really convoluted process which just ends up being frustrating, because I have 16 full boxes in pokemon black and it will take a while to get them into pokemon y

terrariafan247
terrariafan247

@Ovirew @Halloll  It was a DSI app that let you create videos and animations using a slide show of pictures drawn with the touch screen. Nintendo has been awfully quiet about it though, I thought it was cancelled.

bakagami
bakagami

@abHS4L88 @Celsius765  Pokemon Y is my first game too but I'm going to use the bank so I can start a new game without losing the pokemon that I capture the first time

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@bakagami

I wouldn't do that since I've spent hours on each of my Pokemon in Pokemon Amie :P plus my sister has basically given me free reign over her Pokemon Y (so obviously I took her Yvetal, mwahaha).

terrariafan247
terrariafan247

@HonorOfGod @abHS4L88  I started on Firered on the GBA I was really stupid though!

On the Elite 4 I had a lv 70 Charizard and lv 50 Zapdos  and the rest early 40s. I also spent all my money on full heals instead of full restores.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@EasyComeEasyGo  

I stopped watching after season 5, then picked it up again with Pokemon Advance, then stopped during that same season. Debating on watching Pokemon X/Y. 

Ark1of712
Ark1of712

@Yomigaeru @HonorOfGod @abHS4L88  Yeah, well, I was born three thousand years ago and envisioned Pokemon in all their forms and then mentally transcribed them into the brains of the creators of the series, which gives me the right to antagonize everyone younger than me (which is everyone, because I'm 3000) for not being around to do the same. Especially those who are really young and are only just getting into Pokemon because they didn't have Gameboys when they were 5, because their parents gave a shit about their health. Those are the fuckers that really grind my gears. Why couldn't they have born at the exact same time as me and enjoyed Pokemon in the exact same way, those god damn kids with the nerve to be born at a later date than me. Fuckers.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@HonorOfGod @abHS4L88Yellow? Pffft. I started with an import copy of Green. My Japanese teacher was able to buy a copy on my behalf. It helped me somewhat with becoming comfortable reading hiragana and katakana. Now understanding what it all meant...is another matter entirely.


Do I get my hipster card now? =dons monocle and top hat=

Celsius765
Celsius765

@EasyComeEasyGo  I know. the story could use more toning up but I'm glad the battles are always in motion and the old crutches like color streaming backgrounds are gone

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Indeed. I was letdown on Ruby and Sapphire but that's another story. The t.v show has loss me wjen gen 3 start that is until Pokemon X/Y show started.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

I recommend checking out Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver if you miss out 2nd generation.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Go easy on him, he's new to our ways of Pokemon. This calls for a celebration he is getting into Pokemon. Better late then never.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@HonorOfGod

My brother had Yellow and I played it from time to time. he also got Crystal, Pearl, and Platinum. I tried playing Pokemon Black but I couldn't get into it. 


Remember, I only really got into Nintendo just a few years ago, before that, I mainly played on SEGA and Sony systems.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

@abHS4L88 @HonorOfGod  you missed out on everything lol I startedwith yellow version on my gameboy pocket when I was 12 years old in the 90s :] 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@HonorOfGod

I'm not sorry XD. Considering that the 3DS is the first handheld I ever purchased, it makes sense that I never owned a core Pokemon title until X, although I did get Pokemon Conquest and played the hell out of that, never finished all of the missions though.