Did you miss a session from GamesBeat Summit 2022? All sessions are available to stream now. Watch now.
Maybe you’ve already caught them all, but now you can finally save them all for retirement.
After a surprise delay, Nintendo has finally released Pokémon Bank and Transporter for North American 3DS owners. The apps, which enable players to store their collected pocket monsters in the cloud and transfer them to other Pokémon games, are available to download now for free.
Pokémon Bank enables gamers to store up to 3,000 creatures. Using the Transporter tool, gamers can upload all of their saved monsters from the DS games Pokémon Black and White as well as Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.
After downloading Pokémon Bank, the utility is free for the first 30 days. After that, Nintendo will charge an annual fee of $5. That will help the company pay for the server and bandwidth costs. The free period will also give more casual users the chance to easily move their older Pokémon to the 3DS’s X and Y releases without having to pay anything.
Nintendo originally tried to release Pokémon Bank and Transporter in North America right after Christmas, but it pulled the apps down due to catastrophic connection issues that affected all of the Nintendo Network.
GamesBeat's creed when covering the game industry is "where passion meets business." What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you -- not just as a decision-maker at a game studio, but also as a fan of games. Whether you read our articles, listen to our podcasts, or watch our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy engaging with it. Learn more about membership.