Be like Snorlax. Nintendo and myself will appreciate it.
As I was browsing the Nets, I stumbled upon countless tweets from pokéfans around the world who are in an full blown OUTRAGE. The reason behind such anger: not having access to Nintendo’s Pokémon Bank. What is this Pokémon Bank exactly? Well, thank goodness you’re here so I can break it down for you! …Or you can watch this video to get the overall idea if you’re lazy. You can’t say I don’t love you.
The Pokémon Bank (or as I already nicknamed it, Pokébank) is a downloadable on-line cloud software for the Nintendo 3DS system that will tremendously enhance the Pokémon Storage System (i.e., system where Pokémon trainers store their Pokémon digitally) as we know it. Along with the Pokébank, players will have the option of downloading the Poké Transporter – through Pokébank – which provides one-way transfers of Pokémon from Generation V games to the Generation VI games. Pretty cool, huh? And it doesn’t stop there!
Pokébank constitutes of a PC with 3000 extra units of space (100 Boxes with 30 spaces each) available for trainers to store their Pokémon for an annual fee which will vary from country to country. Players will earn (and retrieve through in-game option Pokémon Link) 100 Poké Miles or earn Battle Points when Pokémon are deposited into the Pokébank. The Boxes can be organized into 10 different groups at most and Nintendo has added a filtering system to search through the Boxes with ease. For example, you can filter your search by Types or Species of Pokémon. The bank will also allow you to transfer whole Boxes at once. How fucking cool and convenient is that?!
(Warning:Make sure Pokémon that are to be deposited are NOT HOLDING anything. If you attempt to deposit Pokémon which are holding any kind of item and your bag is full, the item will disappear! FOREVER!)
Now that you all are well informed, let’s get to the drama! The Pokébank and Poké Transporter were first released in Asian territories like Japan and South Korea on December 25th, 2013. It was announced by Nintendo that by December 27th, 2013 territories including the U.S. would have access to the advanced storage system. However, the excitement was shut down early. Because of the massive volume of data trafficking regarding the download of Pokébank by players, the Nintendo Network went haywire and it was shutdown. Nintendo Network was back up and running a few days later on December 29th, 2013, but the Pokébank was no longer available for download. Countries not included in the December 25th release date did not get a chance to download the software. It was not until January 21st, 2014 that the Pokébank became available once again for the countries in which the software was initially released – and many went insane.
Thousands upon thousands of angry tweets and posts oozing irritation were fired at Nintendo by pokéfans shaming the company to no end. For all of those who are contributing to this bashing, I have one thing to say: give it a fucking rest. Stop acting like it’s the end of the fucking world. Nintendo staff is probably freaking out over the whole fiasco and instead of getting support and understanding, all I’ve been reading is the exact opposite. I understand the eagerness and overwhelming excitement of having such resource, but come on! This is the type of situation that can demolish a company’s fame. Do I believe Nintendo’s fame is in jeopardy because of this? Not really. But it rubs me the wrong way to read people’s posts proclaiming their love to Nintendo in one paragraph and indicating how the company’s a piece of shit the next. Writing how stupid Nintendo is for not anticipating such issues and their profiles read something around the lines like Nintendo 4Life. Stop. Stop and be like Snorlax. Nintendo and myself will appreciate it.
What are your thoughts about the Pokébank? Are you excited for it? What do you think about the pokéfans’ vendetta because of the Pokébank delay? I want to know!
See you around!