Pokémon Bank App Returns in Japan on Wednesday

posted on 2014-01-22 11:39 EST

Nintendo announced that its Pokémon Bank app is resuming service in Japan on Wednesday. Nintendo launched the app in Japan on December 25, but removed it from the eShop when high traffic volume began straining the company's servers and affecting its 3DS and Wii U platforms.

The North American launch was delayed as a result of the network and server issues. Nintendo of America reported via Twitter on Wednesday that the app launched in "certain Asian countries" and more updates on other regions will be announced in the future.

The Pokémon Bank cloud storage service allows players to store a total of 3,000 Pokémon in 100 storage boxes. The service is able to store Pokémon from the Pokémon Black/White, Pokémon Black 2/White 2, Pokémon X/Y, and future Pokémon series games via the Internet. Pokémon Bank includes various search functions and enable players to transfer many Pokémon simultaneously without using two game systems.

Pokémon Bank will be available for an annual fee of US$4.99 to "ensure that the service stays running worry-free for all of its users."

[Via Joystiq]

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