With all the problems Nintendo has had lately, it’s nice to see a bit of good news.
Now you can finally store your little monsters in the cloud. Well, if you’re a European, Aussie or New Zealander, anyway. Nintendo has launched the Pokemon Bank in those three areas, following its success in Asia.
Basically, here’s how it works, in case you forgot -- you might remember that the Pokemon Bank, together with Pokemon Transport, were originally launched around Christmas, but Nintendo took the system offline amidst server outages and overloads -- so you’ve got Pokemon in the Black, White, Black 2, and White 2 games, along with X and Y. You spent hours catching and leveling them, but X and Y are in a new generation. You want to move the earlier Pokemon to X and Y so you can use them in the most updated game and expand your team.
That’s where the Bank and Transport come in - the Bank stores up to 3000 Pokemon on a digital cloud, and the Transport...well, that does exactly what the name implies it does. Yeah, we’ll still be waiting here in the U.S. for a bit longer, which is unfortunate. But in the meantime, we can at least see how it works, which is cool, right?
Here’s something that’s not so cool - "[The decline of Nintendo] could be detrimental to the market, unless people like us raise our game and help tap into the younger consumer group that they serve rather well.” That came from PlayStation UK head Fergal Gara. So now people other than Nintendo are worried about how poorly the Wii U has done. Never thought I’d see the day Sony was concerned about low sales ... uh, yeah, let’s just forget about the Vita.
More weird news for "Watch Dogs." Someone forged the signature of Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot on a Request for Express Abandonment, trying to abandon the trademark for "Watch Dogs." Originally, the application was presented on the Internet as believable, and that Ubisoft would be abandoning "Watch Dogs" altogether. Come to think of it, the game has had a rough go of it -- it wasn’t long ago that another fraudulent claim held that Ubisoft was completely canceling the WiiU version of the game. Regardless, Ubisoft assures us that business will proceed as usual, and the trademark will be reinstated within a few days. Here’s hoping the final product makes us forget about all these weird stories surrounding it.