When the highly anticipated Nintendo 3DS pair Pokémon Sun and Moon were announced to the world back in February that the latest instalment in the best-selling franchise will be compatible with the first; using the Pokémon Bank application to communicate with Virtual Console copies of the Game Boy classics Red, Blue and Yellow (as well as Green in Japan).
Today, The Pokémon Company International revealed that this compatibility won’t be available at the games’ launch in November but rather, will come as part of a Pokémon Bank software update in January 2017; meaning you won’t be able to transfer any Pokémon from existing games until that point.
The update will also include a new Pokédex feature that reads saved data from any compatible titles that you connect to Pokémon Bank and collects information about all the Pokémon you have caught. You can then check out all of this information in the Pokémon Bank application and even see Pokémon that don’t natively appear in the Alola region.
This is similar to a strategy employed with the 2013 global release of Pokémon X and Y. Initially, the Kalos region thrived in an isolated ecosystem, with the games unable to interact with previous instalments. The Pokémon Bank application was launched in Japan that December, but due to severe server issues, was removed from the Nintendo eShop prior to being relaunched worldwide in the beginning of 2014.
Pokémon Bank is a paid subscription service that gives players access to 100 additional PC storage boxes, allowing them to store an additional 3000 Pokémon in the cloud.Using the companion Poké Transporter app to transfer characters from previous games before withdrawing them in newer instalments is currently the only method of sending Pokémon from Black/White/Black 2/White 2 to X/Y/Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire.
Following a free trial period, Pokémon Bank has an annual subscription fee of £4.49/$4.99 (US)/€4.99.