Pokemon X and Y Lets You Store Pokemon Online... For an Annual Fee

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Today, Nintendo announced a new downloadable 3DS companion app for their upcoming Pokemon X and Y versions. It's called Pokemon Bank, and it's used to store in-game Pokemon in the cloud.

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Pokemon Bank allows you to store Pokemon in online boxes—100 boxes, meaning 3000 Pokemon in total, which is far more than the game's in-built total storage capacity. The software will also let you transfer Pokemon from the previous generation (ie. Pokemon Black & White and Pokemon Black 2 & White 2) into X/Y, with a feature called "Poké Transporter."

Nintendo also revealed that since the service will require constant maintenance, players who want to use it will have to pay an annual fee.

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Pokemon Bank launches in Japan on December 25, where it will cost 500 yen, about $5, annually. No release date, or pricing information, has been released for regions outside of Japan yet.

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DISCUSSION

Well fans have been demanding this for a long time. We've been asking GameFreak, "Please! Is there a way we can give you more money annually?"

And now we have it, an annual waste of $5. And once your Pokemon are in there, have fun paying that $5 every year because you don't want to lose your Pokemon.

Thanks!