Might not your Pokemon be a little unsafe stored on the Internet though?
But anyway, I really wish I had gotten Pokemon box, because trading fodders for everything on the games vs. sending them to a transfer tool, but the only problem I could have with this is someone hacking into the Cloud, and deleting everything. *Shudders at the thought*
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I rewatched the pokemon direct to get a clearer view without lag. When the part came up about the Japanese singer wanting to give her pokemon to her grandchildren I got this weird idea....
What if people now start including their pokemon bank in their wills?
To my son I bequeath my entire pokemon bank collection...
What happens if I stop my subscription at any point? do all my pokes get wiped out?
The reason that you say Poketransfer was "traditionally free" was because Poketransfer did not require any kind of cloud servers or extraneous resources from GameFreak's behalf to set-up. But even then, it wasn't really "traditionally free" seeing the system in place pretty much forced people to spend money on another console for trading/transferring between generation. I'm no math wiz, but if you had to buy another console just for trading, by your logic, you lost a ton of value on your game compared to what you're saying about $5 DLC (that isn't Day One btw).
Other examples include buying a link cable during the GB/C/GBA era to trade between RBY and itself as well as GSC. So when you think about it, anything proprietary and pertaining to transferring was always going to cost money, and as such what we have access to now really is no different than the time that we had to buy another link cable or DS to transfer Pokemon. At the end of the day you're paying for the use of GameFreak's servers (which as Takaru noted, is extremely expensive to set up and maintain), and I'd rather $5 than to buy another console or another proprietary cable that would end up being outdated shortly (another plus to this app seeing as how it will be accessible future Pokemon 3DS games, until the inevitable move to a more powerful console).
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I'm just glad that there will be less hacked pokemon, with this feature. And they can always update the hack-check algorithm.
I always look at both sides of the coin before hopping on a bandwagon if I'm interested. This doesn't sound like a bad idea in hindsight, but there are many things to consider that make me rather just stick with the traditional way of trading Pokemon.
-The eventual termination or cleansing of the servers. It's going to happen eventually. Maybe there will be enough time for people to migrate their things over to the next generation servers or what not. Who knows at this point in time? All I know is, if it's too good to be true, then it more than likely is.
-Potential rise in the annual fee. Right now, to most people, it's throwaway money, but it's not the case for everyone, especially kids who have strict parents. In addition, not everyone is willing to spend money on something trivial for a game, similar to DLC or Microtransactions. There is to be a free trial, but then that's it.
-Server Hacks. Sure, it's Nintendo, they're going to have security. But Sony, though. If Sony, then Nintendo has the same possibility of happening too.
-Connection Issues. Not everyone has perfect internet or Fios. So we've got lag issues and disconnection issues commonplace with cheap internet users. What happens if that defects the upload process to the server? Are they just going tp lose the Pokemon that didn't transfer completely? Are they going to unintentionally upload a Missing No? Who knows.
I could go on, but these are the major, eye catching things I foresee at the moment.
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So basically if we want to transfer our old Pokemon from Gen 5 to X and Y we need to purchase a cloud storage software? That's ridiculous imo. Isn't buying X and Y enough? Now we have to buy some app too just to complete the Pokedex? These might be the first games where I don't complete the Dex then 'cause I'm not paying for Pokemon Bank.
It's $5 a year and it free up you B/W/B2/W2 again, allowing even more replays without the expense of losing Pokemon. This is seriously not a bad thing, there is nothing wrong with what they are doing, you are getting more worth out of the games now and yet you still technically pay the same amount for these games.
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I have a 3DS and a 3DS XL and combined they cost me a total $70, both brand new. It's not like they are some rare, mythical creatures that people can't find a way get their hands on. Not to mention if you know anyone else that plays pokemon, they probably are going to have one. I am not saying the counter-argument that $5/year is better than buying another 3DS is nonsense (it's not), but it's pretty overrated, too.
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I'm confused with all this, sorry if its already been asked on this thread
Will the ds games be able to connect to this pokemon bank through the 3ds using standardised wifi? Because ds games use the old style of wifi whereas 3ds games use the new protected wifi which has become the standard in most routers. Basically I can't connect ds games to the internet, but 3ds games i can.
One of the main reasons I was happy with Pokemon X/Y was that I could finally be connected to the internet and trade/ battle online, etc. But if the only way to transfer is through this bank thing, then will the old games be compatible with the new wifi settings?
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