Nintendo comments on Pokemon Bank availability in the West, testing continues

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Now that the long-awaited online Pokemon storage service, Pokemon Bank, has been re-released in Japan and other Asian territories, when can Pokemon fans in the West expect the software to make its way onto the eShop?

Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe recently took to Twitter to apologise for leaving fans in the dark for so long, but promised that work continues on getting Pokemon Bank out on the eShop worldwide with more news to follow – in a lengthy series of posts, Nintendo of Europe wrote:

“Hi Pokémon fans, sorry it’s taken until now before we could give you an update on Pokémon Bank.” (Source)

“Pokémon Bank & Poké Transporter services have now resumed operation in various Asian territories incl. Japan.” (Source)

“We’ll be closely monitoring players’ experiences as we prepare for the European release.” (Source)

“Once again we want to apologise for the delay, and thank you for your patience and your interest.” (Source)

Are you still waiting and looking forward to the release of Pokemon Bank and the Poke Transporter on your local eShop?

Pokemon Bank was originally due for release at the end of 2013 on the eShop, but was pulled down from the store after the Nintendo Network experienced a spike in traffic, making the service unstable.

Nintendo asked for the patience of Pokemon fans early in January as the team continued to test the potential network load that the Pokemon Bank would might cause, while Nintendo America promised that a release date would be announced “in the future.”

We’ll update when Pokemon Bank becomes available in regions outside of Japan, hopefully soon.

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