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Pokémon Bank Pricing Emerges For Europe

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Pretty good value for a full year

Earlier today we shared confirmation of Pokémon Bank pricing for Australia and New Zealand which, refreshingly, seems to be perfectly reasonable. Well known Pokémon site Serebii is now reporting confirmed prices for Europe, too — the rates given are £4.49 / €4.99 for a year's access, which predictably matches up with the North American price of $4.99USD.

As elsewhere in the world, downloading and accessing the Bank app before 31st January 2014 will entitle users to free access for 30 days. The yearly fee then kicks in, and the app will allow gamers to store up to 3,000 'mon from Pokémon X & Y, providing a valuable backup. Perhaps of more interest is that access to the Bank also brings companion app Poké Transporter, which allows you to bring in squad members from Pokémon Black & White and Pokémon Black & White 2; you can move these 'mon from the DS titles into the bank and then into X & Y. For a modest fee these could be useful tools in building up your team.

Are you happy with this pricing, and will you be paying out for access to Pokémon Bank and the Poké Transporter? Let us know in the comments below.


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Chomposaur said:

£5 a year i don't mind paying that

but i have one question. Can i transfer all my legendarys ( all of gen 1 and 3 ) from Soul Silver and Platinum over to X ? providing i transfer them over to Black first ?



Yosher said:

@JogurtTheYogurt I think you do need to transfer those to Black/White (2) first before you can transfer them to the Bank. So yeah, that should be possible.



Linkstrikesback said:

I'm not happy with any pricing over £0 for transferring pokemon. They had better give a 30 day free trial with every new pokemon game that comes out if they do intend this to permanently replace in game generation transfers.

And £4.50 is too much for such a meager amount of storage, but whatever. A fool and his money and all that.



Chomposaur said:

i wonder what happens if you cancel your subscription ? will the bank delete your data or store it in the cloud incase you wanted to re-activate it months or years in the future



Ungravitify said:

From what I remember when his was first announced It will still be stored in the cloud until you reactivate your subscription.



Blast said:

I'm not angry but..... man... this kinda sucks and I'm a huge Pokemon fan.



Aaronzord said:

I was expecting to pay more than that per month, so yeah...I'm happy. You could blow £4.49 on a couple of cups of coffee or a magazine or cigarettes or's nothing, really.



Gioku said:

@JogurtTheYogurt My assumption is that if you cancel your subscription, you can still take Pokémon out of the bank, you just can't put any more in. That would make sense to me. But I con't actually know; that's just what I would guess.



SanderEvers said:

5 dollar is 3,71 euro's that with the current Dutch VAT (21%) is 4.48 euro's. So they should've made it 4.5 euro's.

Well, 5 euro's isn't that expensive either.



sr388survivor said:

37 pence / 42 cents a month. If you're complaining about that you shouldn't be able to afford playing video games.



sinalefa said:

It is nice that they give a free trial for all the cheapskates out there to transfer their Pokémon and then closing their account.



JuanitoShet said:

@skjia It makes me roll over in laugther that some people think paying 5 dollars a year is a robbery. You're right, people that are THAT cheap shouldn't be gamers, period.



Forral said:

People who complain about the amount of storage for the price need to also remember it isn't just the cost of the space that is taken into account but the maintenance as well. With large databases like this, lets face it as it's pokemon it will be huge, the sheer amount of items in it will require a lot of work to keep it up and running in good order so people don't lose their 'mon. Now less than £5 a year seems perfectly reasonable to me to do this so I can carry my pokemon throughout all the future poke games.



Kaze_Memaryu said:

@Forral Not only that, Nintendo will have to set up some monstrous servers to regulate the insane traffic of people constantly up- and downloading their Pokés.

But it still makes me wonder... how much space is neccessary to save data for one Poké? Or rather: how much memory is used to allow storing 3.000 Pokés?



RudysaurusRex said:

@Linkstrikesback You don't understand the cost of server upkeep then. That's why Flipnote Hatena shut down. There were no funds to keep the servers going. This is cheap enough for anybody to get it, making it an easy sell for Nintendo.



RupeeClock said:

This is what it should have been.

I don't think we should need the cloud storage at all just to move Pokémon from Gen V to Gen VI games.



LeVideoGamer said:

I'll just make sure I transfer everything in the first 30 days. I don't have that many Pokémon to move over.



BakaKnight said:

After the 4th generation my hours at pokemon dropped drastically and with them the number of my pkmns, doubt I will need the full bank service, but the free trial will be very useful for transfer a couple of 'mon

Still surprised people complain about the "pay for transfer" thing...
If you buy the game before February 2014 the free trial is all you need, if you buy it later then high chances you'll pay the game with 5€ (and more) of discount, so no lose in pay a year of Bank ^_^



May_Nyan said:

I think it's awful value. There should be free SD card storage. Cloud storage is not needed in any way.



Legromancer said:

people saying this is awful or should be free make me laugh.
This fee guarantees that the service won't be shut down. Not like the Wii U Online for most 3rd Parties. Servers cost constantly money you know. Thes servers lets publishers lose money, so they don't give Wii U versions online MP. Great work Nintendo on that one.



DualWielding said:

The question I have since day one is how is this supposed to work, is it a real cloud thing that you can log in with password and username from any 3DS or is like everything else Nintendo where you lose your pokemon if you lose your system...



Trikeboy said:

ok, stupid question but I will ask it. Is Pokemon Bank going to be software on the 3DS, on the PC or a web site?



Sneaker13 said:

I only have X and I see no point at all to store my Pokémon in the Bank. But if you have one of the previous games and transfer it, it is useful. But why pay for a year then.



dAviD7 said:

wait, so are we going to have to launch a separate app for this? are we actually going to have to quit our Pokemon X/Y games just to use this service? i really hope we dont have to do that, and that they can make it accessible from
within the game.



DarkNinja9 said:

idk in a way i find this kinda stupid that we couldnt just have a transfer to one gen over to the next with out it being a bank they should of made it 2 separate things but w/e right?

still along with a few im wondering if this will be app on the 3ds or website and what happens if you cancel the sub will it still store the pkm till you sub back or not



GumbyX84 said:

I know people are sating that $5 is nothing and people who complain shouldn't be, but you guys need to keep something in mind. Having cloud storage for your pokemon is fine, but transferring Pokemon from the previous gen to the current should be free. IMO Nintendo's reason for not having a local transfer app is bull.

" Why can't I Link Trade Pokémon between Pokémon X or Pokémon Y and past Pokémon titles?

Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, and Pokémon White 2 were developed to be compatible with the Nintendo DSi system, while Pokémon X and Pokémon Y were developed exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Due to differences in the functionality and specifications of the two families, including their communications systems, it is not possible to carry out communications directly between software designed for the two different families."

If this is true, then how is it possible to transfer Pokemon from Dream Radar, a 3DS game, to the Gen 5 games, which are DS games? With an SD card being included with every 3DS to date, there is no need for two systems as Pokemon can saved to the SD card before being transfered to X/Y. If they are concerned with cheating or duplication, limit how many Pokemon can be transferred at once so the internal memory of the 3DS can be used.



DonnaxNL said:

@RupeeClock If you want to use one system for transfer, yes it does. Since you can't put two game cards in the slot, where are the pokemon going when you want to transfer? The cloud is needed, to (temporary) store them, so you can switch game cards and put the pokemon back in X/Y.



RupeeClock said:

@DonnaxNL Actually, it's simple.
The transfer app is stored on the 3DS.
You plug in a Gen 5 game, and select the pokémon you want to transfer.
They get temporarily stored on the 3DS in the app's save data, until you remove the Gen 5 game, and plug in the Gen 6 game to transfer them to, or even the Gen 6 game found on the 3DS SD card.

The cloud storage is genuinely unnecessary and complicates the transfer process. Pokémon Dream Radar has already proven that hot-swapping game cards is entirely safe and possible whilst the eShop title is loaded too, you do so to trigger legendary events with Generation IV titles.



MysticX said:

€5 a year isn't much for cloud storage, but as RupeeClock said: for 9 out of 10 people, transferring pokémon using the SD-card will be fine enough, i'm one of those people, i have pokémon on a white 2 cart (i miss Shrubbery and Lamya-chan so much! T_T ) and i want to transfer them to my pokémon X cart, and when the time comes, from my X cart to whatever pokémon version is next (Z, probably ), i have zero interest in stockpiling pokémon online, but am stuck paying for it anyway (albeit a very small sum)



unrandomsam said:

Pokemon is a kids game only moronic parents would let their kids set up an ongoing fee like this.



Poketendo said:

I knew it. I just knew it. €5 a year is well worth it. Can't wait to pet my Meganium, feed Jynx Poké Puffs, Super Train with my Samurott, it just sounds awesome.



Pinecallado said:

Can't wait for pokemon bank to come out so I can finally see some more variety of pokemon in wonder trades. Its a little boring seeing the same in game or friend safari pokemon all the time.

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