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What is Pokemon Bank and will it be compatible with Pokemon Sword and Shield?

Published: 13/May/2019 13:58 Updated: 13/May/2019 14:53

by Paul Cot


Older Pokemon fans may not be aware of what Pokemon Bank is, while those who do are wondering whether it will be compatible with Pokemon Sword and Shield.

What is Pokemon Bank?

Pokemon Bank was first introduced in February 2014 and allows you to store your Pokemon from a variety of old Pokemon games in private boxes on the internet. Think of the PC within the Pokemon Center from the first games – it is essentially a real-life one of them.

It is an application, currently available on the Nintendo 3DS, that costs real money to use. It is compatible with Pokemon X and Y, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon Sun and Moon, and Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Additionally, digital re-releases of Pokemon Red, Blue and Green are also compatible.

PokemonHow Pokemon Bank works…

Specifically, it allows you to store a maximum of 3,000 Pokemon of which you can transfer to any of the aforementioned games. It should be noted Pokemon cannot be transferred from the newer generations to games which don’t have those Pokemon in the Pokedex.

Sword and Shield compatibility

From Pokemon X and Y onward, Pokemon Bank has been compatible with all the latest Pokemon games. That was until Pokemon Let’s Go where compatibility never materialized.

No official reason for the lack of compatibility has been stated. However, many speculate that it is a combination of the game being based on the Kanto region, not being a fully fledged mainline Pokemon game and its platform being the Nintendo Switch. Of course, Pokemon Let’s Go was the first Pokemon game that has featured on the Switch.

Consequently, Pokemon trainers are wondering, and hoping, that Pokemon Bank will work with Pokemon Sword and Shield. Minus the official reveal in February 2019, few details have been released about the new Nintendo Switch game.

PokemonWill Pokemon Sword and Shield work with Pokemon Bank?

One of those key details is whether Pokemon Bank subscribers will be able to transfer Pokemon to and from Sword and Shield. The overall expectation is that it will be compatible.

Pokemon Bank is a source of recurring revenue for the Pokemon Company which they won’t want to give up. This alone is enough justification to expect it to feature in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Furthermore, it has been made apparent that Game Freak is indeed working on Pokemon Bank for the Nintendo Switch. In an interview with Gamespot, Junichi Masuda when referring to Pokemon Sword and Shield said the following: “I mean, obviously, people would be very sad if they couldn’t use their Pokemon in a future game.

So, it does get complicated when you talk about the details and we’re still figuring it out, but we do have plans to find ways to let players use their Pokemon in the next game.”

While not confirmed, the evidence certainly suggests Pokemon Bank will be available for the Switch. Hopefully, we will have more news about this soon.


Pokemon GO to celebrate series’ 25th anniversary with special Kanto event

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:13

by Brent Koepp


According to reports, Pokemon GO is gearing up to celebrate the series’ upcoming 25th anniversary by going back to the Kanto region. The special event will be centered around the 1996 Japanese Game Boy games Red & Green.

Pokemon initially made its debut in 1996, and quickly became a worldwide phenomena. Decades later, the beloved Nintendo property has grown into an absolute juggernaut and has even become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time.

According to reports, the hit mobile title GO will honor the series upcoming 25th anniversary by going back to very first region, Kanto. The special event will have players choose between the groundbreaking Japanese RPGs Red & Green.

Photograph of Pokemon Red & Green's Game Boy box art from 1996.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Pokemon GO will celebrate the series’ 25th anniversary with a special themed event based on the 1996 RPGs.

Pokemon GO’s 25th anniversary celebration

While most of the world first played Pokemon in 1998, the series originally launched in Japan two years prior with the Game Boy titles Red and Green (instead of Blue). In 2021, the the franchise will officially reach its 25th anniversary.

So far, Nintendo has been tight-lipped about how it will celebrate the epic milestone, however reports have surfaced about how GO will honor its legacy. According to popular outlet Serebii, the mobile game will be launching a special themed event based around the Kanto region.

While there aren’t a lot of details known yet, the Pokemon site further revealed it will feature an interesting in-game mechanic. “In a single day, players pick either Pokemon Red or Green and get unique spawns  and Special Research based on on what they have picked and can interact to get all Pokemon,” they wrote.

Perhaps the most interesting part is that Trainers will reportedly be able to work with friends to catch all 151 original Pokemon in a single day – which sounds absolutely wild. According to Serebii’s Joe Merrick, there is currently no date for the Gen I celebration. “This event is likely the one Niantic teased for release in February. We don’t have the date for this one yet,” he tweeted.

Serebii's Joe Merrick tweets about Pokemon GO Kanto event.

At the time of writing, there has been no official confirmation as to when Trainers can expect the event to go live. However, since it’s tied to the 25th anniversary, February 2021 is probably a safe bet.

Despite releasing over two decades ago, players still can’t get enough of Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design – proof that the franchise has never been more popular.