A recently announced feature for Pokémon X and Y, Pokémon Bank will allow players to save up to 3000 of their Pokémon to a Nintendo-sponsored cloud storage, for a small fee of $4.99 per year. The app functions for both fifth and sixth generation titles—Black, White, Black 2, White 2, X, and Y—allowing users to transfer Pokémon from a fifth generation cartridge to one of the sixth.

However, for players looking to use that last feature, there is a catch. According to the
Pokémon Bank FAQ, once a fifth generation Pokémon has been sent to the cloud, it can only be outputted to a sixth generation game, not back to the fifth generation game from which it originally came.

Poké Transporter is a free downloadable application for the Nintendo 3DS system that will be available along with Pokémon Bank. Note that Poké Transporter cannot return Pokémon to Pokémon Black Version, Pokémon White Version, Pokémon Black Version 2, or Pokémon White Version 2 after they have been stored in an online Box.”

Source: Pokémon Bank FAQ

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Barry Herbers
I write editorials here at Gamnesia and occasionally some news (though far less often than I used to). Here's some of my work, long-form game essays, if you have any interest in that sort of stuff: The Amount of Content in a Game Has Nothing to do with its Price A Game's Atmosphere is Defined by its Mechanics, Not its Aesthetic The Witcher 3's Introduction is Terribly Paced and Too Restrictive of its Players I'm looking forward to The Last Guardian (had it pre-ordered since 2010), Rime, Night in the Woods, and Vane. If I had a niche, it would probably be the somewhat higher fidelity indie games, as take up most of the spots on that list. I'm also developing a no-budget video game with a friend, and you can follow me on Twitter (@TheVioletBarry) to hear about that and anything else I feel like saying. Film, games, it's that sort of stuff.


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