Pokemon X and Y's Pokemon Bank Won't Launch Until Dec 27

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Pokemon X and Y's Pokemon Bank Won't Launch Until Dec 27

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The service, which allows online Pokemon storage and transfer of your old Gen V Pokemon to X and Y, will cost $5 a year.

If you were planning on bringing all of your old friends from Pokemon Black and White and Black and White 2 with you on your Pokemon X and Y journey, I'm afraid you're going to have to wait a few months. Nintendo has revealed that Pokemon Bank, an online Pokemon storage system, and Poke Transporter, the service that will allow transfer of Gen V Pokemon to Gen VI, won't launch until December 27, over two months after the game's October 12 release date.

Access to the Pokemon Bank service will come with a yearly fee of $5, but the first month will be free, if you download and use the app by January 31, 2014. Pokemon Bank will give you access to 100 storage boxes of your own, enabling you to store up to 3,000 Pokemon.

The Poke Transporter is actually a separate app to the Pokemon Bank that only works with the Gen V games, but still requires the Pokemon Bank subscription to use. You'll be able to download it for free once you subscribe to Pokemon Bank. Note that once you've Poke Transferred a Pokemon from your Gen V game to your Pokemon Bank, you won't be able to move him back.

Nintendo stresses that the Pokemon Bank is a "long term" service, and will be compatible with all future Pokemon games.

I'm pretty big into Pokemon, but I still honestly can't see a need to have all of that extra online storage, and will most likely just use the one-month free trial to move all my Gen V guys across. What do you guys think?

Source: Siliconera

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That's kind of sad considering it was one of the main features promoted...
Also, this bank-thing with the money-scheme makes it even less likely for any future game to feature (almost) all Pokemon ever. Because it'd lose its justification for existence if a player could actually achieve full completion on their own without it or trading. Too bad.
Hm, I wonder when the combined game will be released.

Breeders? maybe some one really into breeding 'the perfect pokemon' will use the hell out of this, me? not so much, free month and I'll be good.

I hope they didn't cut the in-game storage to ridiculous levels in order to promote this.
Also 100 boxes that work independantly from your save file so you can restart the game without deleting everything would be easily possible in-game but nintendo has to make it as awkward and convoluted as possible yet again.

...I don't get it (note I don't own a 3DS). The 3DS has external storage in the form of SD cards correct? Why would you need to deal with all this cloud storage hullabaloo when one could simply create a save file big enough to accommodate the extra Pokemon? At best, this speaks to a rather bizarre limitation of the 3DS. At worst, this is a rather sad attempt to grab extra money from the Pokemon fanbase.

trytoguess:
...I don't get it (note I don't own a 3DS). The 3DS has external storage in the form of SD cards correct? Why would you need to deal with all this cloud storage hullabaloo when one could simply create a save file big enough to accommodate the extra Pokemon? At best, this speaks to a rather bizarre limitation of the 3DS. At worst, this is a rather sad attempt to grab extra money from the Pokemon fanbase.

It not the disk space storage as so much as how much storage the game has built in. The storage system hasn't really that evolved much since the first game, so it limited to a couple hundred spaces.

Baldr:
It not the disk space storage as so much as how much storage the game has built in. The storage system hasn't really that evolved much since the first game, so it limited to a couple hundred spaces.

If I'm understanding you correctly, you're saying the issue is there's a hard limit of how many Pokemon you can put away. That doesn't seem like a difficult problem to solve from a programming pov. Might be something of a challenge from a ui perspective though.

Thank Arceus for this, I've only five box spaces left between my copy of White and White 2.

loa:
I hope they didn't cut the in-game storage to ridiculous levels in order to promote this.

Yes, I'm sure mean, old Nintendo would go to any lengths to squeeze those $5 per year out of us.

BanicRhys:
Thank Arceus for this, I've only five box spaces left between my copy of White and White 2.

loa:
I hope they didn't cut the in-game storage to ridiculous levels in order to promote this.

Yes, I'm sure mean, old Nintendo would go to any lengths to squeeze those $5 per year out of us.

Don't forget that in Europe they will probably charge 5 euros. They'll get seriously rich because of those suckers who actually pay for a one year service.

It's a shame that it will take this long for the service to come, I kinda wished to transfer my Dragonite so I could have him as a part of my team when I beat enough gyms. Oh well, just another week left for the game at least. I can't wait.

Wasn't this announced with the pokemon bank a long time ago? Release date and all?

Don't know how i feel about this. There is a free trial. But afterwards if i wanna transfer pokes from old gen i need to pay. Even if it is cheap, i'll have already spent full price on the game, not to mention it won't be out for a while after launch, meaning i can't play X or Y competitively this year with my old pokes.

It's kinda disappointing that this costs anything, when every other gen was free to transfer up. And it's not like money is the problem. Pokemons main series is a yearly franchise with two games a year. Why can't a little of my purchase cost cover the cost of this?

BooTsPs3:
It's kinda disappointing that this costs anything, when every other gen was free to transfer up. And it's not like money is the problem. Pokemons main series is a yearly franchise with two games a year. Why can't a little of my purchase cost cover the cost of this?

Every other gen had a transfer technique that either required a DSi (GBA to DS) or two DSs. Also the old way of transferring was limited to 6 at a time. This can be done box by box.
Also they need to cover server costs somehow.

Personally, I'm so glad something like this finally exists. Game Freak seem to have been punishing people for transferring pokemon from older gens for years now and while the release date disappoints me (I was hoping to transfer everything right away) I'll still drop $5 or whatever the UK equivilant will be.... Probably £5

TimeLord:

BooTsPs3:
It's kinda disappointing that this costs anything, when every other gen was free to transfer up. And it's not like money is the problem. Pokemons main series is a yearly franchise with two games a year. Why can't a little of my purchase cost cover the cost of this?

Every other gen had a transfer technique that either required a DSi (GBA to DS) or two DSs. Also the old way of transferring was limited to 6 at a time. This can be done box by box.
Also they need to cover server costs somehow.

Personally, I'm so glad something like this finally exists. Game Freak seem to have been punishing people for transferring pokemon from older gens for years now and while the release date disappoints me (I was hoping to transfer everything right away) I'll still drop $5 or whatever the UK equivilant will be.... Probably £5

I heartily agree here... Although I used the heartgold/soulsilver transfer to gen V and I know I've used the transfer from gen III to IV, it's a pain to keep having to do it to 6 at a time. Especially considering how many pokémon there are now.

Besides, just 5 for a year? I'd pay it if I have a need for it.

I do wonder how much box space you'd get in-game though... or if you're forced to use the service if you want to use this system.

EDIT: I mean, is this the new box system, or will it still be in the game. Hope the latter is true, or they'd screw a lot of people with it.

I'm pretty big into Pokemon, but I still honestly can't see a need to have all of that extra online storage, and will most likely just use the one-month free trial to move all my Gen V guys across. What do you guys think?

That's because you are leaving out a big portion of the metagame Pokemon community.

Often times the best of the best not only do EV and nature training, but also IV training which requires A LOT of breeding. And if you have a team of six with multiple variations the in game 30 boxes is not going to cut it. Like, at ALL. This is also excluding the fact that those same people have Pokemon from previous games that they never got around to training.

Personally I am not surprised. It's not like you could transfer your Pokemon until you beat the game anyway, which can vary from person to person.
8 weeks ain't so bad in my opinion.

Also, $5.00 a year is ass cheap. Any kid can ask their parent for a subscription like that and they probably won't even miss that money.

loa:
I hope they didn't cut the in-game storage to ridiculous levels in order to promote this.
Also 100 boxes that work independantly from your save file so you can restart the game without deleting everything would be easily possible in-game but nintendo has to make it as awkward and convoluted as possible yet again.

How? All you literally have to do is download the app, do the subscription and send your Pokemon in there for all eternity.

That's not exactly complicated. Especially if your only using it for Pokemon X and Y pokes and have no plans on transferring your old ones.

I'm still pretty OK with Pokemon Bank, subscription fee and all. Though I wish they would have it set up a bit sooner, if I'm understanding it correctly, we will need the app in order to transfer our old Pokemon to gen 6. I wish we could still use a DS and 3DS means of transfer until the service is ready.

Either way, I'm glad to have a place to put a whole bunch of my GTS Reshirams where they will be safe.

So this service is the only way to transfer pokemon between the two generations? That's kind of lame, then. I was hoping I'd get to transfer in the army of Eevees I've been breeding, but I guess I'll have to wait.

It's an interesting idea, especially for someone like me that trades in games a lot. Knowing that I can stash my pokemon somewhere else in between trades is nice, but we'll see how well that works out in the future.

Dragonbums:

I'm pretty big into Pokemon, but I still honestly can't see a need to have all of that extra online storage, and will most likely just use the one-month free trial to move all my Gen V guys across. What do you guys think?

That's because you are leaving out a big portion of the metagame Pokemon community.

Often times the best of the best not only do EV and nature training, but also IV training which requires A LOT of breeding. And if you have a team of six with multiple variations the in game 30 boxes is not going to cut it. Like, at ALL. This is also excluding the fact that those same people have Pokemon from previous games that they never got around to training.

Personally I am not surprised. It's not like you could transfer your Pokemon until you beat the game anyway, which can vary from person to person.
8 weeks ain't so bad in my opinion.

Also, $5.00 a year is ass cheap. Any kid can ask their parent for a subscription like that and they probably won't even miss that money.

And the major competing portion of the Pokemon category don't bother with that stuff. If they are doing it for competitions, they use hacked Pokemon, they don't go through the time it takes to raise it. And Nintendo allows this as long as the hacked Pokemon don't have anything they couldn't get naturally.

So, actually, the best of the best don't deal with that crap.

What I would have done if I were them is make it so that you get a free year of it when you buy the game new (as opposed to used).

cursedseishi:

Dragonbums:

I'm pretty big into Pokemon, but I still honestly can't see a need to have all of that extra online storage, and will most likely just use the one-month free trial to move all my Gen V guys across. What do you guys think?

That's because you are leaving out a big portion of the metagame Pokemon community.

Often times the best of the best not only do EV and nature training, but also IV training which requires A LOT of breeding. And if you have a team of six with multiple variations the in game 30 boxes is not going to cut it. Like, at ALL. This is also excluding the fact that those same people have Pokemon from previous games that they never got around to training.

Personally I am not surprised. It's not like you could transfer your Pokemon until you beat the game anyway, which can vary from person to person.
8 weeks ain't so bad in my opinion.

Also, $5.00 a year is ass cheap. Any kid can ask their parent for a subscription like that and they probably won't even miss that money.

And the major competing portion of the Pokemon category don't bother with that stuff. If they are doing it for competitions, they use hacked Pokemon, they don't go through the time it takes to raise it. And Nintendo allows this as long as the hacked Pokemon don't have anything they couldn't get naturally.

So, actually, the best of the best don't deal with that crap.

I'm on the metagame a lot.
And while I don't breed for IV's, I do soft reset for natures.

And I can tell you for a fact that a large portion of EV/IV trainers are on the in game Wi-fi gaming sphere.
Not only that, Gamefreak has implemented a system where they can tell the difference between a hacked Pokemon and a legitimate one.
While they won't do anything if you are battling with your friends either local or online- the very moment you put that Pokemon on their official servers they will detect it and either kick out that Pokemon, or ban you from online.
The moment it sees that your Pikachu is even one

TimeLord:

Also they need to cover server costs somehow.

$40 box price? Chances are only a small fraction of the playerbase will use this, and a smaller fraction still will actually play for the whole year. They could easily have taken it out of the box price at very little loss, if any.

It's not the epitome of dirty moneygrabs on par with EA, but it's pretty questionable. Especially considering how wifi pokesav will be working a few weeks after launch, if not earlier, making long-term pokemon storage kinda pointless to all but the most extreme of collectors (who are a very, very tiny minority; again, easily covered by box sales).

cursedseishi:

And the major competing portion of the Pokemon category don't bother with that stuff. If they are doing it for competitions, they use hacked Pokemon, they don't go through the time it takes to raise it. And Nintendo allows this as long as the hacked Pokemon don't have anything they couldn't get naturally.

So, actually, the best of the best don't deal with that crap.

This man is correct. I competed at state level tournaments (yes, hawaii had a hardon for pokemon back in the day) in RSE and FrLg era, and back then pretty much everyone used action replay. As long as your pokemon had legal IVs, EV spread, movepool, trainer id/secret id matched (for safety), etc it was always far easier to hack a team than to raise one. There was always a small chance of bad egging, so we'd typically make duplicates or triplicates, but when you're hacking it's not that big a deal. We also typically had 3-4 different teams available depending on tournament rules; some allowed Zapdos, some didn't, so I had a Golem or Jolteon around as a starter in case Zapdos was banned.

With Gen 4, that shit got even easier. The action replay for the DS era let you upload custom codes to your game, which spawned Pokesav. Some time later, pokesav creators enabled gifting over wifi, making it even easier to collect your hacked pokes.

Some folks like raising pokemon, but honestly I only had time for that shit when I was in middle school. Hatching eggs, level grinding them, EV training them, checking their stats via online calculator at lv50 to guesstimate IVs, releasing pokemon because it was a fucking blaziken with 2 attack 5 speed, repeating... got old fast. At least now TMs are repeat-use, that was one big reason everyone hacked back in the day, but reducing grind was the main reason. And since Nintendo is cool with it as long as you don't bring out spiritomb with wonder guard, we can hack away to compete while the kids can grind away to waste time, and everyone's happy.

AuronFtw:

TimeLord:

Also they need to cover server costs somehow.

$40 box price? Chances are only a small fraction of the playerbase will use this, and a smaller fraction still will actually play for the whole year. They could easily have taken it out of the box price at very little loss, if any.

It's not the epitome of dirty moneygrabs on par with EA, but it's pretty questionable. Especially considering how wifi pokesav will be working a few weeks after launch, if not earlier, making long-term pokemon storage kinda pointless to all but the most extreme of collectors (who are a very, very tiny minority; again, easily covered by box sales).

So what's the problem? If you don't want to use this, or only want to transfer pokemon over for one time from older games, then you get the free month to do so. If you want to keep going then you pay all of $5. Everybody wins. Nobody is forcing it on the people who don't want to pay

To Answer all questions: (because I've seen them pop up multiple times):

#1. Yes, there will still be in-game storage. Obviously or they'd launch this right away so you could catch more than six when you get the game. It'd be dumb if they didn't have that. But reports from Gamefreak/Nintendo have already said that the in-game storage will be drastically cut, meaning you CANNOT store every Pokemon in your game. As to why they're doing this, I can only assume it's a smart financial move on their part, but I'm not sure if there's any in-game reason for it.

#2. Honestly, $5 is a drop in the bucket compared to what you could be paying. I was almost expecting $10/year or $15. $5 is worth it for a lot of reasons. Aside from being able to actually store all your shit, you can keep those same Pokemon around for future games to transfer. They've said this will work with all future Pokemon titles. So when generation 10 is here, you can still keep your Charizard or Primape you transfered from FireRed/LeafGreen into HeartGold into White/Black2 that you'll put in PokeBank to get data for in X/Y. As some people have said, it's "future-proof." And being someone who has generally avoided transferring because it really is too much of a pain in the ass, this is something I'm all for. Though, granted, this feature was FREE on Pokemon Stadium, but those days have long since passed us and since this requires online servers running 24/7, I'm not opposed to paying. Though I would like a new Pokemon Stadium instead.

#3. Personally, I'm not a competitive pokemon player (though I am interested in the idea since I raise some of them with that in mind). For me, I'll end up keeping the boxes on my game for the teams I'll rotate through, what I'm breeding, and maybe legendaries if there is room. For anything I'm just catching for the sake of "catching them all," I'll keep them in the online storage because they're just in the way otherwise. For me, this seems like an ideal way to remove excessive clutter.

#4. My speculation as to why they're delaying this feature so much, GTAOnline, Diablo 3, SimCity, and any other always online game or service that launched and was bugged with a week of crashes, being unable to log in, or just other stupid glitches keeping people from enjoying it. I'm not saying those games are bad or fucked up (maybe I am for SimCity), but I think Nintendo has observed a lot of this over the course of the past few years when it's come to learning how to effectively use online gaming and storage properly. So they're waiting a couple months instead of just a couple weeks before launching it to make sure it works properly for everyone. I mean, how pissed would you be if you try to use it day one and it fucks up so bad you lose all those Pokemon you were trying to transfer over? I know I'd be pulling my hair out thing of all the hours I wasted making some of those teams.

TimeLord:

BooTsPs3:
It's kinda disappointing that this costs anything, when every other gen was free to transfer up. And it's not like money is the problem. Pokemons main series is a yearly franchise with two games a year. Why can't a little of my purchase cost cover the cost of this?

Every other gen had a transfer technique that either required a DSi (GBA to DS) or two DSs. Also the old way of transferring was limited to 6 at a time. This can be done box by box.
Also they need to cover server costs somehow.

Personally, I'm so glad something like this finally exists. Game Freak seem to have been punishing people for transferring pokemon from older gens for years now and while the release date disappoints me (I was hoping to transfer everything right away) I'll still drop $5 or whatever the UK equivilant will be.... Probably £5

Considering that I can damn well fill 4 or 5 boxes trying to get one pokemon with the right natures and at least one useful IV to me this extra space is a freaking god send, easily worth £5 a year for the competitive player.

SilverUchiha:
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Ah, thanks for the answers. Yea, that sounds about reasonable. I just hope That the cut isn't too drastic though... Would love to catch at least most of the pokemon in the new gen.

hickwarrior:

SilverUchiha:
*snip*

Ah, thanks for the answers. Yea, that sounds about reasonable. I just hope That the cut isn't too drastic though... Would love to catch at least most of the pokemon in the new gen.

My guess is that the Pokemon catchable in X or Y are able to be stored just fine. But anything not obtainable (unobtainium) would necessitate the extra storage. Especially given that we only have the game's storage for two months. It'd be shit if we couldn't legitimately catch everything the game had to offer before the online service was available.

Glad I could help. I just saw the mess of confusion above and decided to answer based on everything I've been reading up to now.

SilverUchiha:
But reports from Gamefreak/Nintendo have already said that the in-game storage will be drastically cut, meaning you CANNOT store every Pokemon in your game. As to why they're doing this, I can only assume it's a smart financial move on their part, but I'm not sure if there's any in-game reason for it.

Okay how is there not a shitstorm about this yet?
This is pretty anti-consumer no matter which way you look at it.

SilverUchiha:

hickwarrior:

SilverUchiha:
*snip*

Ah, thanks for the answers. Yea, that sounds about reasonable. I just hope That the cut isn't too drastic though... Would love to catch at least most of the pokemon in the new gen.

My guess is that the Pokemon catchable in X or Y are able to be stored just fine. But anything not obtainable (unobtainium) would necessitate the extra storage. Especially given that we only have the game's storage for two months. It'd be shit if we couldn't legitimately catch everything the game had to offer before the online service was available.

Glad I could help. I just saw the mess of confusion above and decided to answer based on everything I've been reading up to now.

I still think it's bad to have to wait 2 months to truly play the game how you'd want to play it though... But at the very least, they're taking their time to make it as flawless as possible. Don't want to lose all those pokemon I've been working on.

Though I do hope they will give us a nice little feature that allows us to catch pokemon from other regions in Y and X, even if it's outside of the game.

TimeLord:

BooTsPs3:
It's kinda disappointing that this costs anything, when every other gen was free to transfer up. And it's not like money is the problem. Pokemons main series is a yearly franchise with two games a year. Why can't a little of my purchase cost cover the cost of this?

Every other gen had a transfer technique that either required a DSi (GBA to DS) or two DSs. Also the old way of transferring was limited to 6 at a time. This can be done box by box.
Also they need to cover server costs somehow.

Personally, I'm so glad something like this finally exists. Game Freak seem to have been punishing people for transferring pokemon from older gens for years now and while the release date disappoints me (I was hoping to transfer everything right away) I'll still drop $5 or whatever the UK equivilant will be.... Probably £5

Your argument is basically "this sucks less than before", which isn't really acceptable to me. It was slow before. Speed it up. Don't make us use pal park or the minigame from B&W and just directly transfer the pokemon to the new games boxes. Problem solved.

Not to mention a single pokemon is about 120 bytes of storage. The cloud holds up to 100 boxes, 30 pokemon in each box. Which adds up to a whopping 360kb. That's right. 360kb if you use every last space. Yet this is a paid service? I must bring up what i said before. Why am i paying for such a tiny amount of storage, when pokemon already costs 5 euro more than the regular price for 3ds games?

Sure, it's cheap. But it should be free. Or there should be an alternative. Even if it were a slower one. What about when i play an older game again in future and want to transfer over what i trained? I'm gonna have to pay, because the trial is only a month.

Yeah, this sounds like a nice feature. But it also sounds like i'm being gated from content i already paid for, for no good reason. It's a staple of the franchise to transfer pokemon up gens (barring gen 2 to 3, but there was a massive overhaul regarding stats and how they were handled, so it kinda had to be done to add the depth to the game that it did), but now that feature is limited to those willing to pay. And i simply can't justify that on a game i will have already spent 50 euro on. It's not about it being priced to high or anything, but i'm just disappointed that such a feature would require payment, and i refuse to support such a business practice.

I am all for this. I want to start going to competitive Pokemon tournaments, official or otherwise. And now this can help me out, and can flesh out the various moves that come with future gaming. $5/year is no strain on my budget.

BooTsPs3:

TimeLord:

BooTsPs3:
It's kinda disappointing that this costs anything, when every other gen was free to transfer up. And it's not like money is the problem. Pokemons main series is a yearly franchise with two games a year. Why can't a little of my purchase cost cover the cost of this?

Every other gen had a transfer technique that either required a DSi (GBA to DS) or two DSs. Also the old way of transferring was limited to 6 at a time. This can be done box by box.
Also they need to cover server costs somehow.

Personally, I'm so glad something like this finally exists. Game Freak seem to have been punishing people for transferring pokemon from older gens for years now and while the release date disappoints me (I was hoping to transfer everything right away) I'll still drop $5 or whatever the UK equivilant will be.... Probably £5

Your argument is basically "this sucks less than before", which isn't really acceptable to me. It was slow before. Speed it up. Don't make us use pal park or the minigame from B&W and just directly transfer the pokemon to the new games boxes. Problem solved.

Not to mention a single pokemon is about 120 bytes of storage. The cloud holds up to 100 boxes, 30 pokemon in each box. Which adds up to a whopping 360kb. That's right. 360kb if you use every last space. Yet this is a paid service? I must bring up what i said before. Why am i paying for such a tiny amount of storage, when pokemon already costs 5 euro more than the regular price for 3ds games?

Sure, it's cheap. But it should be free. Or there should be an alternative. Even if it were a slower one. What about when i play an older game again in future and want to transfer over what i trained? I'm gonna have to pay, because the trial is only a month.

Yeah, this sounds like a nice feature. But it also sounds like i'm being gated from content i already paid for, for no good reason. It's a staple of the franchise to transfer pokemon up gens (barring gen 2 to 3, but there was a massive overhaul regarding stats and how they were handled, so it kinda had to be done to add the depth to the game that it did), but now that feature is limited to those willing to pay. And i simply can't justify that on a game i will have already spent 50 euro on. It's not about it being priced to high or anything, but i'm just disappointed that such a feature would require payment, and i refuse to support such a business practice.

Then please enjoy the lack of Gen VI. Hell, you're draining my enjoyment for the game (kidding) just witnessing your complaints. But I can't see how you would enjoy your game if these are the complaints you levy.

Not to say that you're wrong; DLC creep is a legit issue for consumers of video games these days. But I'm under the assumption that this situation is balanced better; I get to, if I so choose, transfer my Gen V pokemon FREE, on condition that I acquire the apps within the first month. It's if I want to continue that it ends up costing....5 of probably whatever currency one's nation circulates. Not even to mention the extra space, etc. I get to do the MAIN DAMN THING I wanted to do concerning the previous generation, and you consider a staple of the series.

It's a staple of the franchise to transfer pokemon up gens

And on that front, I must inform you that no, you do not get to decide what content goes into games. That's why the game is ~50 euro; you pay for set content, and thus you'll have to decide whether it's enjoyable or not. If they let you decide (AKA you make developers make content for you, or any specific consumer), you'd be paying them direct, and thus, pay more. You exchange 'freedom' of choice of content for a lower price (in my weirdawesome perspective).

As I have heard Owyn Merillin put it, games are a 'beer and peanuts' luxury. You gotta pay for it, and it gets expensive like luxuries do. But its price and entertainment scale doesn't match the connotation of 'luxury'.

But it should be free.

Food, water, and shelter should be free. Then we can literally spend the rest of our lives in entertainment. Unfortunately (and for double-unfortunately solid reasons), this is not the case. Why should our games precede this notion?

And apologies, I just wanted to tear your post into some pieces tonight.

Ipsen:
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Wait waitwait. Hold on.
You can no longer transfer from the previous gen if you have a ds and 3ds /2 3dses or whatever and b/w, that is now a payment only feature?
How is this okay? You seem to think it is.

loa:

Wait waitwait. Hold on.
You can no longer transfer from the previous gen if you have a ds and 3ds /2 3dses or whatever and b/w, that is now a payment only feature?
How is this okay? You seem to think it is.

It's not okay, but it IS more comfortable.

I'll mention it again; do your gen V>VI transference before the year ends, and it's free. You have your loophole, so do exploit it.

The process seems to be the easier type of transfer as well; read: the Pal Park method, which you can do on one system (and I don't think they'll take away DS compatibility any time soon). It sure as hell beats the gen IV>V method, in which I had to buy another DS to perform. If someone can pay $5 to avoid buying another system, I'll be happy for them.

And I'll speculate here that due to these conditions:
a)the new transfer uses online servers
b)Pokemon is stupidly popular
c)Pokemon X/Y is a worldwide release

It might cost a bit to upkeep.

But nah, I'm banking on Ninty just reaching into my wallet again.

OP's point was the first thing I thought upon hearing about this. I've got a shit-tonne of Pokemon traded all the way back from the Ruby/Sapphire/LeafGreen/FireRed days, but still nowhere near enough to fill all the boxes on one profile. I'll be good with the free month; should be able to transfer everything over without much trouble.

Gutted as I am that we'll have to wait I'm still really happy they implemented this. The endless hours I spent trading over one Pokemon at a time was horrific. That damn music haunts my dreams.

Ipsen:
It's not okay, but it IS more comfortable.

More like no longer possible without internet for no reason.
If this was an additional option it would be fine but it's the only way.
Right?

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