The first big Pokemon X and Pokemon Y announcement of this morning's Nintendo Direct was Pokemon Bank. Pokemon Bank is a 3DS application that will allow players to store up to 3000 Pokemon online. Cloud Pokemon, get it? Yeah it wasn't so funny the first time I said it either. Pokemon Bank will be a subscription-based service, which Iwata said would have an, "annual fee."
Features of the Pokemon Bank system include the ability to deposit or withdraw Pokemon from multiple copies of the game, as well as huge 3000 Pokemon storage size. All it requires is that a Pokemon X or Y game card be plugged in (or the downloadable version opened) and then the application can be turned on.
While the addition of an annual fee isn't exactly great news, for an online service that many Pokemon players will be using I suppose server fees have to be paid somehow. No price has yet to be announced, but hopefully Nintendo will keep it affordable for all Pokemon X and Pokemon Y players, young and old. Nintendo's also revealed that there will be a free trail period to start out with.
In addition to Pokemon Bank, Nintendo announced Poke Transporter. Poke Transporter makes transferring Pokemon from other games a much simpler process, as it works hand-in-hand with Pokemon Bank. Just plug in a copy of Pokemon Black, Pokemon White, Pokemon Black 2 or Pokemon White 2 and you can transfer your Pokemon in the Bank. That's all it takes! No other games are planned to be supported at this time, it seems.
Pokemon X and Pokemon Y will be launching October 12 exclusively on the 3DS, now with Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter!