Nintendo made three substantial announcements today. Firstly, Nintendo will release two limited edition Pokemon-themed Nintendo 3DS XL systems alongside Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. Secondly, you’ll be able to choose the classic Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue, and Pokemon Yellow starters as your starters in the new games. Thirdly and lastly, a cloud-powered subscription app called the Pokemon Bank is a thing that exists.
Limted Edition 3DS XL Systems
Nintendo announced this morning that it intends to release two limited edition Nintendo 3DS XL systems emblazoned with “imagery from Pokemon X and Pokemon Y.” The sytems will come in red and blue styles, and will star new legendary Pokemon Xerneas and Yveltal.
Both systems will go on sale before their respective games on September 27 for $199.99 in North America. No other regions have been announced for the special edition systems.
Squirtle, Bulbasaur and Charmander Returning in a Mega Way
The three starter Pokemon you likely remember fondly from Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue, and Pokemon Yellow – Squirtle, Charmander and Bulbasaur, will be up for adoption at the beginning of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y.
Once you evolve these critters to their notable top levels of Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise, they can then be evolved (with the use of a Mega Stone) into their Mega counterparts: Mega Venusaur, Mega Charizard, and Mega Blastoise.
According to Nintendo, Mega Evolution can only occur when a Pokemon is holding a unique Mega Stone and when the player obtains the Mega Ring which contains a Key Stone. The result of this combination is a Mega Evolution of your Pokemon. Swell.
Pick one of the three up when the games launch on October 12. Or start three games and select all three… who am I to judge?
Pokemon Bank – Yeah, You Pay For it and Everything
Junichi Masuda, director at Game Freak, the long-time developer of the Pokemon games, announced a new Nintendo 3DS app that allows you to store up to 3,000 of your overly-fed and much-adored Pokemon from Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. This allows for 100 boxes of Pokemon to be stored in the cloud.
Pokemon Bank, as it’s called, will work on multiple copies of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. Just download the software, and it’ll work with any downloadable or cartridge-based copy of the game in the system. You’ll also have access to Poke Transporter, which “makes transferring many Pokemon caught in other Pokemon games easy,” according to Nintendo.
You can transfer any Pokemon caught in Pokemon Black, Pokemon White, Pokemon Black 2, or Pokemon White 2 directly to your Pokemon Bank for use in Pokemon X and Pokemon Y.
Here’s the catch – Pokemon Bank has a required annual fee. We don’t know how much it is yet, but Nintendo plans to announce details regarding a free trial period of the app for users soon.
Limited edition Pokemon-themed 3DS systems? Makes sense. Bringing back three classic and beloved Pokemon as starters in Pokemon X and Pokemon Y? Brilliant, a wonderful surprise. Announcing Pokemon Bank and having players pay for it? Makes even more sense – just can’t believe it took them this long to make it happen.
What’cha think? Likey? Dislikey?