Preparing for Pokébank: What You Can Do Now

Pokémon Bank (hereafter referred to as Pokébank) and Poké Transporter are two services being launched on the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS to finally bridge the gap between the current 6th generation of Pokémon games and the previous generations. Pokébank will be a cloud-based service wherein players can store up to 3,000 of their own Pokémon. The opportunity to access 30-day free trial of the service will be available until January 31st as of press time, though due to the rocky rollout of the service, this date could be extended. Poké Transporter is the free companion tool that serves as the vehicle by which players can transfer their Pokémon from the four 5th generation games – Pokémon White, Pokémon White 2, Pokémon Black & Pokémon Black 2 – to the current 6th Generation games, Pokémon X & Pokémon Y. As has been widely publicized, the Pokébank rollout got off to a rocky start. Nintendo had intended to launch both services two days after Christmas. However, during the initial launch in Japan, Nintendo found that the combination of users accessing the new service, added to the users who were linking their systems to the newly-introduced Nintendo Network ID for the first time, was in fact too much for the servers to bear. Nintendo’s strength has never been – and quite frankly, will never be – online services, but they are at least making strides into this modern era of internet connectivity. The Nintendo Network ID serves much like an Xbox Live account or an Apple ID, allowing games demos and game content to be downloaded, deleted and re-downloaded later. As such, step one in your preparation for Pokébank should be to link your handheld to the Network. Creating a Nintendo Network ID: If you are a new 3DS or 2DS owner, you will need to create an ID. To do so, follow these directions:
  •  Assuming you have already created a Mii for your system, you will need to navigate to your 3DS or 2DS’s System Settings.
  • Select Nintendo Network ID Settings. If you do not see this option, perform a System Update.
  • Follow the prompts until the option “Create New ID” appears, and then click “Next.”
  • Side note: The Nintendo Network ID is NOT the same as a Club Nintendo Account, despite a few similar functions.
  • Accept terms and conditions and enter relevant personal information. The country of residence cannot be changed.
  • Choose a Nintendo Network ID. It cannot be changed, and it cannot be vulgar. Standard Nintendo fare.
  • Create a password, then enter an email address. Take the time to review your information. Changing information with Nintendo is either impossible or ridiculously difficult.
Linking an existing Nintendo Network ID: If you already own a Wii U, the Nintendo Network ID process should be vaguely familiar. Again, this ID is NOT the same as a Club Nintendo ID, so be sure you’re linking correct IDs. Only one Nintendo Network ID can be used on one 3DS/2DS system at a time.
  •  Navigate to your 3DS or 2DS’s System Settings.
  • Select Nintendo Network ID Settings and click “Next.”
  • Select “Link An Existing ID”
  • Read through Nintendo eShop information and related account information and click “Understood”
  • Enter your existing Nintendo Network ID, password and email, then click “Done.”
  • Click “Link.”
That’s it! Following these steps will ensure that you are ready for Pokébank when it finally launches. All information above is from the Nintendo website. For questions regarding the Nintendo Network ID on a 3DS or 2DS system, click here. For questions regarding the Nintendo Network ID on a Wii U system, click here. For an illustrated example:

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[Images from Nintendo]