Pokémon Bank will survive Nintendo’s eShop closure
Nintendo’s decision to shut down the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops doesn’t just impact games, but also other things like Pokémon Bank. Although it may become impossible to play some games, the Pokemon app will live – but not forever.
Here’s how Nintendo.com describes Pokémon Bank:
Pokémon Bank is a paid app and service with an annual fee of US$4.99 ($7) (CA$7.09 ($10)) that will allow you to deposit, store and manage up to 3,000 of your Pokémon privately. Boxes on the Internet! It will be a powerful resource for players who like to obtain many different types of Pokémon, or for those who like to breed many Pokémon for battles and competitions! Pokémon Bank also makes it easy to transfer Pokémon from copies of Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire — including downloadable versions — to just one game!
According to The Pokemon Company Announcement in Japanese, the app will become free in March 2023 when the eShop closes. However, that same day, new downloads of the application will not be possible. (Similarly, it won’t be possible to download Poké Transporter, which is used with Pokémon Bank.)
But how long will the Pokémon Bank continue to exist for free? The fine print of the Pokémon Company’s Japanese press release reads: “The period during which the free service will end is not yet decided.” He adds that an announcement will be made on the official website and to return “at a later date”.
Even more explicit is The Pokémon Company tweet in Japanese regarding the announcement, which states that the app will be free “for a specified period of time”. At the time of writing, the English language Pokemon Twitter account has not yet made any announcement regarding the service. The same goes for the English site. pokemon.com and the North American press site.
Like everything, of course, the Pokémon Bank will come to an end. However, it’s nice to see The Pokémon Company keeping him alive, even though he’s on life support at the time, especially since Nintendo is unplugging the eShop.