Earlier today, The Pokémon Company unveiled a new trailer showing off new exclusive Pokémon, unique Z-Moves, and trainer customization options for Pokémon Sun and Moon. There was still a little more Pokémon news that they reserved for the official website, though, and it concerns Pokémon Bank. We’ve known for a while that Sun and Moon would be made compatible with the Pokémon storage service, but now we have a release window: January 2017, about two months after the games launch.

This update will also introduce Poké Transporter abilities to the Virtual Console versions of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, allowing you to bring your first generation creatures to Bank, where they can then be transferred into the latest installments of the series. Not every Pokémon can be sent to every game, however; the website states clearly that creatures from Sun and Moon cannot be taken back into earlier generations, and Gen I Pokémon can only be transferred into seventh generation titles. You also cannot send Pokémon back from the Bank to Red, Blue, or Yellow, even if they originated in those games.

Along with these newly supported titles, the update will also introduce another big feature to Bank: the service’s own National Pokédex. When you connect one of your Gen VI or VII Pokémon titles to Pokémon Bank, the service will now read your save data from that game and import your records into its Pokédex, letting you view all the data for those creatures in one place.

Will you be trying out these new features when the update comes in January? What do you think of the idea of a National Pokédex in Pokémon Bank? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Official Pokémon Sun & Moon Website

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Tyler Meehan
Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.


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