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Catching ’em all has just become easier. Pokémon Bank has finally been updated to add support for Pokémon Sun and Moon. This is big news for Pokémon fans, as now it’s possible to transfer any Pokémon into Sun and Moon, including those not found in the game. The update also allows players to transfer Pokémon from the eShop Virtual Console versions of Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow into Pokémon Sun and Moon via the free Poké Transporter app.
The update includes two new features for Pokémon Bank: Pokédex and adventure records. The Pokédex gathers all the information for Pokémon into a single place. Adventure records pulls the stats from each Pokémon game that a player has connected to Pokémon Bank, such as number of Pokémon caught.
Pokémon Bank is an app you can download onto the Nintendo 3DS from the Nintendo eShop. It allows you to transfer Pokémon from one game into the app, which stores up to 3,000 Pokémon. You can then transfer your Pokémon into another game, making it the easiest way to transfer Pokémon from one game to another without needing a second 3DS.
While the app is free to download and install, Pokémon Bank uses a subscription service. An annual usage fee of $4.99 gives you access for one year.
To date, Pokémon Bank is now compatible with the following titles: Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, Pokémon White 2, Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow (N3DS Virtual Console), Pokémon Sun, and Pokémon Moon.
Players who access Pokémon Bank between now and October 2 can claim a limited-time Mewnium Z, the Z-Crystal for Mew. Z-Crystals are a new feature to Pokémon Sun and Moon, giving Pokémon access to powerful one-use abilities.
In a press release Nintendo detailed several new games and a new Pikachu Yellow Edition for Nintendo 3DS in 2017.
“Nintendo 3DS is a portal to one-of-a-kind Nintendo adventures starring classic characters like Mario, Yoshi and all their friends,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America Senior VP. “Our hit system offers a wide variety of memorable experiences for adventurers of all ages.”
The Pikachu Yellow Edition features the famous Pokémon emblazoned on the cover in a hand-drawn style with bright yellow coloring.
The Pikachu Yellow Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL launches on Feburary 24 with a retail price of $199.99. As with other New Nintendo 3DS XL, a charging cable is not included, but is compatible with cables from older 2DS and 3DS models.
Nintendo boasted the most successful quarter of sales in Nintendo 3DS history thanks to record-breaking sales of Pokémon Sun and Moon. A handful of new 3DS titles are coming in 2017, listed below.
Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World – The 3DS version of 2015’s Wii U title, featuring Yoshi in a platforming world of yarn. The 3DS version has new bonus levels starring sidekick Poochy. It launches on February 3. A demo is available now on the Nintendo eShop.
Tank Troopers – A tank warfare shooter, exclusively on the Nintendo eShop. Up to six players can battle in teams or free-for-all in local multiplayer matches. Tank Troopers launches on Feburary 16.
Mario Sports Superstars – A collection of Mario-themed sports titles, including Soccer, Tennis, Golf, Baseball and Horse Racing. Games can be played locally and online. Mario Sports Superstars launches in March.
Untitled Pikmin Game for Nintendo 3DS – A new entry in the side-scrolling Pikmin series is coming to Nintendo 3DS in 2017. Players tap the touch screen to throw Pikmin, using their abilities to solve puzzles and defeat enemies.
Finally, two older 3DS games are being given the Nintendo Selects treatment: Kirby Triple Deluxe and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. This means they’ll be sold in slightly new packaging with a retail price of $19.99. They will be available beginning mid-February.
While Stardew Valley got all the love last year, the longest-running farming and life sim series it was inspired from will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year with a new title. Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns is coming to North America on February 28 for Nintendo 3DS.
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns takes place in the intersection between three distinct regions. Each town and area is home to its own crops, shops, events, and romanceable companions. Trio of Towns will also include a multiplayer island for local and online play. A small plushie toy based on the in-game capybara pet is available for pre-order from retailers.
Trio of Towns will include unique outfits based on characters from Super Mario Bros. Each outfit also provides a special bonus.
- Mario’s Outfit – Increases running speed
- Luigi’s Outfit – Improves your luck at fishing
- Princess Peach’s Outfit – Befriend people easier
- Toad’s Outfit – Stamina recharges over time
Story of Seasons was formerly known as Harvest Moon, a series that dates back to the 90s with over two dozen titles. They’re widely considered the preeminent series of farming and life sim games.
Marvelous Inc. were the original developers but don’t own the copyright to the Harvest Moon name. The series was re-branded as Story of Seasons (published by XSeed Games), with the first title releasing in 2015 for the Nintendo 3DS. It received favorable reviews and became XSeed’s fasted-selling game.
To add to the confusion, the publishers that do own the Harvest Moon name (Natsume) released their own Harvest Moon title in 2014. It was called Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley and was poorly received.
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns will be available in digital and physical format. It has been rated E for Everyone by the ESRB with Comic Mischief, Suggestive Themes, and Alcohol Use. It releases on February 28 for Nintendo 3DS.