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Guide: How to use the Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter photo
Guide: How to use the Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter
by Jordan Devore

Originally set for release in North America in late December, the Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter apps have only today become available for download from the 3DS eShop. (Europe, Australia, and Japan have had their launches already). While heavy network traffic pushed back the release last year, that doesn't seem to be an issue now, thank goodness.

We thought it would be useful to come up with a quick guide to the Bank and Transporter so you know what you're getting into, what with this technically being a paid service and all. The process of transferring your Pokemon collection into X and Y is quite a bit more convoluted than I was anticipating, and I was expecting a tedious process to begin with knowing Game Freak's history with these transfer tools. At least there are no minigames this time.

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3:30 PM on 02.05.2014

Maybe Magikarp isn't as worthless as we all thought

Hands down, the most oft-cited example of a useless Pokemon is Magikarp. I mean, it's definitely not one of the more badass Pokemon. Stupid fish. All it does is splash around, right? Well, until it decides to splash right ov...

Brett Makedonski



Here's how to get the free Celebi from the Pokemon Bank photo
Here's how to get the free Celebi from the Pokemon Bank
by Chris Carter

As you may have heard, Nintendo has dropped the Pokemon Bank and Transporter Apps today on the North American eShop. These are two separate apps, but you'll only need to access the bank before September 30th, 2014 to get your free Celebi.

So how do you do it? Well, log into the Bank App, tie in your Nintendo Network ID (you'll need to get one if you don't have one already), then select a "gift" from the menu, and place one Pokemon in a cloud box.

Then, load up Pokemon X or Y, and go to the bottom option, "Pokemon Link." Redeem your prize, then go back to the Pokemon Bank and hit the "use bank" option. Finally, go back again to your X or Y game, hit "Pokemon Link" again -- Celebi will be waiting for you on the in-game PC.

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1:00 PM on 02.05.2014

Pokemon.com gets a redesign and some new features

Pokemon.com has updated recently, and with said update comes a few new features and a new look. There's a new "Explore Pokemon" section which essentially functions as a full Pokedex (up to the newest #718 listing), which is a...

Chris Carter

12:30 PM on 02.05.2014

Pokemon Bank launches in North America

When Europe and Australia got their Pokemon Bank news yesterday, many of us feared the worst for the app's release in North America -- that silence meant it was still far off. It's finally here, though, just a day later. Go d...

Jordan Devore





3:30 PM on 02.04.2014

The Pokemon Bank App is now live in Europe and Australia

After over a month of waiting, the X & Y Pokemon Bank App is now live in Europe and Australia. The App was previously delayed due to Nintendo's increased network traffic during Christmas, and there's never really been a c...

Chris Carter

5:00 PM on 01.29.2014

Pokémon X/Y Beta Competition set for next month

The first Pokémon Global Link tournament to allow Pokémon from the Kalos region happens next month, on Thursday, February 20 at 4:00pm Pacific. Registration details for this Beta Competition will be available at...

Jordan Devore

4:00 AM on 01.29.2014

Put away your Pokeflute and go to sleep on a Snorlax

You want a pillow-sized Snorlax plush, right? Our friends at Tomopop have spotted a large Snorlax plush that comes out this June and can easily replace your plain, dingy old pillow. It reminds me a bit of the two or three foo...

Steven Hansen

10:00 PM on 01.22.2014

Instagram is not useful for Pokemon photography

You know why there's no Pokemon Snap 2? Because Todd grew up to be a hipster punk. 

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:00 AM on 01.22.2014

Pokemon Bank App is back for 'certain Asian countries'

Remember that Pokemon Bank and Transfer App that was supposed to launch late last year worldwide? Well, due to a number of eShop issues Nintendo delayed it, and now, "certain Asian countries" will have access this week. The A...

Chris Carter

8:00 PM on 01.14.2014

Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver music added to iTunes

The Pokémon Company has released its latest game soundtrack on iTunes. This time, it's the Super Music Collection for Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, which is the one I've been waiting for this whole time. I d...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 01.13.2014

The filthy sexy truth about Pokemon breeding exposed

College Humor has discovered the shocking truth when it comes to Pokemon breeding in Pokemon X and Y.

Hamza CTZ Aziz

5:00 PM on 01.10.2014

17th Pokemon movie based on X & Y, has Mega Evolutions

Pokémon XY: Cocoon of Destruction is releasing July 19, 2014 in Japan. From early information, it seems that the people behind it are going with a kitchen sink approach to capitalize on the wildly popular Pokemon X/Y.&...

Steven Hansen

8:00 AM on 01.07.2014

Pokemon X & Y's composer leaves Game Freak

Kageyama Shota is one talented man, having composed the soundtrack for Pokemon X & Y (among a few others for Game Freak, as well as work on Luminous Arc and Smash Bros. Brawl). I found it to be one of the best OSTs o...

Chris Carter

11:00 PM on 01.06.2014

How Pokemon would work in our reality

Animation Domination's latest Scientifically Accurate series took a look at Pokemon this time, and it's what you'd expect. The cold harsh truth of Pokemon if it was in our reality. And what is up with the ice cream Pokemon anyway?

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:45 PM on 01.06.2014

Snoop Lion's new video is all about Pokemon

Snoop Lion's taking the struggle from Compton to Pallet Town, and trading in the corners where fiends are slangin' rock for the streets filled with Rare Candy. They're equally dangerous though; take your pick between everyon...

Brett Makedonski