At a special Pokémon X&Y Direct this morning, Nintendo announced new information about the upcoming games’ storyline as well as the new Pokémon storage system, Pokémon Bank.
During the event held jointly by Nintendo, Game Freak and The Pokémon Company, representatives from all three companies revealed a new 3DS program called Pokémon Bank. It’s a cloud-based Pokémon storage system that allows users to store up to 3,000 Pokémon at a time. These virtual boxes can be accessed by multiple copies of Pokémon X&Y, allowing players to consolidate Pokémon from different game cartridges as well as from digital copies of the game.
The program also comes with an attachment called Poké Transporter. Using this attachment, players can upload Pokémon from Pokémon Black, White, Black 2 and White 2 to their Pokémon Bank (though this is a one-way road and cannot be reversed). Then, by using Pokémon Bank, players can transport these Pokémon into their copies of X&Y. It was also announced that the service will cost an annual fee to help Nintendo offset the cost of server space, though the Pokémon website states that a free trial period will be offered after the program’s launch. Pokémon Bank will launch Dec. 25 in Japan with an annual fee of ¥500, a little more than $5, Kotaku reported. No information has been given yet for the rest of the world.
Also announced during the Nintendo Direct was the news that players will be able to receive a starter Pokémon from the 1st Generation Kanto region not long after receiving his or her Kalos region starter. These Kanto starters were also announced to have Mega Evolutions, new battle-specific Pokémon forms that were revealed last month. The player will receive their Gen 1 starter from the Kalos region professor after receiving their Gen 6 starter from the player character’s friend.
The final piece of news in the 20-minute video was the announcement that special edition X&Y 3DS XL systems will release in North America and Europe on Sept. 27. The systems come in red and blue versions (doubtless another nod to the original generation of Pokémon) and feature X&Y legendaries Yveltal and Xerneas. The system will cost $199.