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 Pok√©mon Bank, a cloud-based storage system that can be used to hold Pok√©mon in the digital world for eternity‚ÄĒor at least until the servers all collapse. There will be a 30-day free trial‚ÄĒif you download the app on your 3DS eShop by January 31, 2014‚ÄĒbut 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 Pok√©mon Black or White to the upcoming Pok√©mon X and Y, which are both out for 3DS next week. There's even a convoluted process for getting Pok√©mon from older ones to new ones, much of which is over my head‚ÄĒread the full FAQ here.