Are you a Pokémon fan like Steven, well if so, Nintendo has some pretty awesome news for you. During today’s special Pokémon Direct, three big pieces of news broke. The first was that the limited edition blue and red 3DS XLs will be released in North America, Europe, and Japan on September 27th. That’s two weeks before the official release of the game, leading everyone to agree that these systems won’t come with the game pre-installed.
The next piece of news was the announcement of the Pokémon Bank. For years players have been asking for something like this, a permanent home for their Pokémon. The Pokémon Bank allows players to store up to 3,000 Pokémon for use in future Pokémon games, as well as X & Y. There is a small catch though, and that’s the fact this new service requires an annual fee to access. While we don’t know the official North America and European pricing at this time, the service will only cost 500 Yen (about $5) a year in Japan, so we assume it will be priced accordingly here. Nintendo also revealed the Pokémon Teleporter app, which will allow owners of Black & White and Black & White 2 to transfer their Pokémon to the Pokémon Bank. Nintendo said there will be a trial basis before the fee kicks in, but we don’t know how limited the features will be at launch.
The last bit of news will likely be even more exciting to long-time Pokémon fans. It was revealed that Professor Sycamore will not be the one offering Chespin, Fennekin, or Froakie as your starter Pokémon. Instead those will be offered from a friend. The Professor will instead offer players Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle, as a nice throw-back to the original Pokémon games. That means you can now have two starter Pokémon! These classic Pokémon will also have the ability to eventually reach their Mega Evolutions, although players will need to locate a special item called the Mega Ring, and also acquire a Mega Stone in order to trigger the Mega Evolution while in battle.