The official
Pokémon Bank website has launched, and with it comes
a number of details, screenshots, and a trailer for the service, which
will be available starting December 27. The mascot and guide for the
Bank is Bridgette, pictured left, who will teach you about all the features and nuances of Pokémon Bank once you get it. In the meantime, you will just have to settle for us.

While
it is hardly news that players will be able to store Pokémon from
various games in the online, Nintendo-hosted boxes, from the website it
sounds as if we will be able to back up our in-game boxes as well,
keeping the data on all of our trusted partners should something
unfortunate happen to our cartridges. This also will mean any game
compatible will be able to withdraw from the
Bank, allowing for easy transfer between different games in current and future Pokémon
generations. The services boasts 100 boxes of 30 Pokémon each, allowing
for the storage of 3,000 Pokémon. That would allow you to store four
copies of every Pokémon in the game and still have some space left over.

Being a potentially colossal database,
Pokémon Bank comes prepared with tools for bulk movement, organization, and downloading (from the Bank to a main Pokémon title). Best of all, for the first time since the DS had a Game Boy Advance slot, you only need one 3DS to make the transfers. The service features advanced search functions, so when your collection becomes too daunting to sift through manually, you will be able to quickly dig out whoever you need to. There will even be events and opportunities to gain Pokémiles and Battle Points.

Pokémon Bank will cost $4.99 / €4,99 /£4,49 annually depending on your region, which is the best data storage rate I have ever seen.

Source: Pokémon Bank Official Site

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Stefan Terry
One of my earliest memories with games was just after Pokémon had come out in the states for the first time. I remember, after having watched the show for a couple weeks, stumbling across a friend with an original Gameboy playing Pokémon Red version using a Weedle. When he told me he was playing Pokémon, I told him I didn't know there was a Pokémon that had a pumpkin for a head. Boy games have come a long way. Speaking of games, I also contribute to making them somewhat professionally, and ocassionaly write about them. You should see some of that games writing stuff, I hear it's real popular with the kids these days.

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