|Developer||The Pokémon Company|
|ESRB||E for Everyone|
| December 25, 2013*|
January 21, 2014*
|February 5, 2014|
|February 4, 2014|
Pokémon Bank is a Nintendo 3DS application that allows players to store their Pokémon on the Internet from Pokémon Black and White, Pokémon Black and White Versions 2, and Pokémon X and Y, similar to the storage games Pokémon Box Ruby and Sapphire and My Pokémon Ranch. There is a total of 100 boxes available that could store up to 3,000 Pokémon. This software costs an annual fee of $4.99. Downloading this app comes with a free app called Poké Transporter an app to transfer previous generation Pokemon. If you run out of membership, and do not take your Pokemon out of your Bank, they will be sweeped (deleted) out of the server and will disappear forever. Nintendo advises the players to purchase a new membership "as quickly as possible." A legitmancy checker has been added to the application which checks for "illegal" or hacked Pokemons. If a Pokemon has been detected "illegal" the user will be banned from using the application.
Also, an update for Pokémon Bank (Version 1.1) is required to use the software. The update fixes many bugs and glitches along with server stability patches. Instead of a download for the update, players must redownload the whole app to receive the update.
In outer reigons of Asia, the update is pre-installed.
A free Celebi can be obtained for free for using the service. All you have to do is deposit a Pokemon to the application, then close the app, and relaunch it with using Pokémon Link.
Free Trial Period
There is a free trial period where players can use the app free of charge. Download and activate the app before the listed dates below:
Japan: January 21, 2014 to February 21, 2014 (Free Trial Ended)
Europe: February 4, 2014 to March 14, 2014 (Free Trial Ended)
North America: February 5, 2014 to March 14, 2014 (Free Trial Ended)