Pokémon HOME has received another update today, and while it isn't the "big one" we're all waiting for, it's certainly making steps towards that.
Serebii shared the update on Twitter, which is live on both iOS and Android. The Switch version is still under maintenance, so the new version will likely be ready for that soon.
This new update adds the ability to see Ranked Battles data and information from Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, as well as battle results from Pokémon Sword & Shield. It's not a big patch, but surely, surely, the next update will be for that long-awaited ability to transfer Scarlet & Violet Pokémon to HOME?
Here are the patch notes from the iOS App Store:
Pokémon HOME, Version 2.1.0, 1st February 2023
- Added Ranked Battles information from Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet to the Battle Data feature.
- If you've linked Pokémon HOME to a Nintendo Account with data from Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet, you'll now be able to view results from your Ranked Battles in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet.
- You can view your battle results from Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield by choosing View Past Battle Records.
Other issues have also been addressed in order to ensure a user-friendly experience.
Are you still waiting for that big Scarlet & Violet update? Are you taking part in the new Ranked Battles? Let us know!
[source apps.apple.com, via twitter.com]
So... you need the mobile version of the app to see your battle rankings pertaining to games on an entirely different device (which doesn't yet support the feature)?
You just got to laugh.
The fact that they bothered creating a whole separate patch for this when it should have been included with the more substantial Scarlet/Violet update to be introduced at a later date.
You just got to laugh harder.
Really wish they didn't always drag their feet so long on adding compatibility for these things.
I'm missing the patch note that says this app is free to use when you have an expensive Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack subscription.
What do you MEAN that's not planned?!
... it really should be, if you ask me. There's no reason for this app to be as expensive as it is, imho.
@Yosher : It's obscenely overpriced for what it is. Hell, seeing as they were adamant on charging money for it, then it should have been part of the base NSO subscription (let alone gatekeeping it behind the Expansion pass).
And to think that I thought Pokémon Bank was an absurd rip-off. Pokémon Home's annual subscription costs nearly 4 times as much!
@Sisilly_G The Pokémon Company would rather charge people extra than get compensation from Nintendo for being part of NSO. I'm usually against companies buying out other companies. But Nintendo should have outright bought Game Freak very early on so they had more control and say over the Pokémon series. The whole creation of The Pokémon Company has just caused more headaches and woes than actual benefits. I remember when Mario Maker released, Nintendo were finally allowed to use the Pokemon Amiibo for unlocks but unlike other characters such as Link, the Pokemon weren't allowed to have Pokemon soundtracks or sound effects. If it wasn't for Nintendo holding a third of the stakes in TPC and half in Creatures, Pokémon would have gone multiplat by now.
@TanukiTrooper : Do you have evidence supporting the amiibo situation? I mean, it's plausible enough, and I suspected that TPCi's possessiveness over their IP has contributed to the absence of Pokémon crossovers with other Nintendo franchises, but I'm not aware of any official (or insider) stance on them holding such a position. Either way, it's a shame because it would have been cool to have Pokémon amiibo integration in other games (hell, even in their own games).
My renewal is coming up soon and I'd love to cancel it. Most of my Gen 1-4 Pokémon are now stuck in Shining Pearl, and the rest are in Shield or Home. Holding them hostage until they update the latest games isn't fun
You're better off catching Pokémon in their respective games now - it's not like legendaries are as hard to come by these days.
@Kimyonaakuma : I too have mostly resigned myself to leaving my Pokémon in their original games.
They did say that Pokémon Bank will be free for a time (don't know how long though) after the closure of the 3DS/Wii U eShop, but honestly, I don't think I'm really bothered given the tediousness of migrating everything from the GBA games all the way to the Switch.
@TanukiTrooper @Sisilly_G @Yosher
This app is free and is a lifesaver for me since I don't want to pay for switch online services, however i use it ONLY for trades and transfer Pokemon between my switch instead of using it for storage
The Pokemon home free plan gives you a single storage box with 30 slots , the ability to transfer Pokemon between your switch games and you have trade functionality in the phone app through the GTS and through friend trade (however you are limited to 10 trades per day)
You don't actually need to pay for Pokemon home
(Except that the function to transfer Pokemon from 3ds games to switch is locked to the paid version of home)
The paid plans are indeed extremely overpriced but you don't actually need them
@Kimyonaakuma you could just use the free plan with the single basic box that has 30 slots
You take longer to transfer larger amounts of Pokemon but will be free
If you use home to transfer Pokemon in small amount rather than to storage them
You won't need to pay a single cent
Oh my god I somehow forgot we have sci-fi Oak in this game.
Also as others are saying, it's pretty scummy that Pokemon games don't allow NSO save backup but instead require you to pay Pokemon company directly for backing up your Pokemon.
@orbots I was talking specifically about the paid portion of the app. Even if you don't necessarily need it, it's nice to be able to have all your Pokémon available on that service without having that pesky 30 Pokémon limit on the app for the free model.
Honestly though, I barely even play Pokémon anymore, and the high price of this app is part of that reason. As such, if this app was at least free on NSO+EP (which I have in a family plan and a full group), I would at least feel more of an incentive to give the recent Pokémon games a try again.
But nah. Gotta wring every last penny out of the customer.
Don't give a carrot about Ranked I'm just waiting for the "big one"
Update is always good.
I just need to trade with myself q_q
@orbots I had completely forgotten about the basic plan! I was thinking it was more of a "pay or we'll delete them all!" kind of situation.
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