Starting December, You Can Pay For Your Very Own Pokémon Storage Unit

Is your apartment too small to hold all of your Pokémon? Don't worry! You can buy more space soon!

On December 27, Nintendo will launch the Pokémon Bank, a cloud-based storage system that can be used to hold Pokémon in the digital world for eternity—or at least until the servers all collapse. There will be a 30-day free trial—if you download the app on your 3DS eShop by January 31, 2014—but after that, the bank will cost you $4.99 a year. Cloud costs, and such.

But there are a lot of benefits here. Patricia has already written a lot about the excitement of cloud-based Pokémon storage, and in addition to keeping old creatures safe, the bank could open up a lot of digital possibilities for the future.

You can also use the bank to bring your vicious little critters from Pokémon Black or White to the upcoming Pokémon X and Y, which are both out for 3DS next week. There's even a convoluted process for getting Pokémon from older ones to new ones, much of which is over my head—read the full FAQ here.