Welcome to the eighty-third week of my PokÃ©mon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed last week's, check it out. Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday.
Keldeo will be available via the Nintendo Network from October 1st through 24th. Furthermore, the final 6th Generation PokÃ©mon, Volcanion, will be distributed at GameStop sometime this month. I'll let you know when, as soon as we know more. Every single Mythical PokÃ©mon will be distributed during a specific month for the remainder of this year. Now may be your only chance for a really long time, to actually catch them all!
I“m about 55 hours deep in Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past. So I don“t really have anything new to report on the PokÃ©mon front this week. However—more news has been hinted for October 4th, so I won“t rest on my laurels for too long. The
Let“s talk about part of last week“s news that The PokÃ©mon Company kind of glazed over, and didn“t choose to devote parts of a trailer to it or anything. Verified here: an update to PokÃ©mon Bank in January 2017 will allow you to port PokÃ©mon from XY and ORAS over to Sun & Moon via a one-way transfer. Indeed: once again, Game Freak is choosing not to let you port your all-powerful critters from past games to the brand new ones until about two months after release. I get why that“s kind of necessary: it“ll stop people like me from becoming a PokÃ©mon Master again in just a couple of weeks, right? It gives everyone ample time to enjoy the Alola Region as a whole, and catch everything we can there before Lv100 Mewtwos plague the GTS forever.
It“s interesting to me, though, that once PokÃ©mon are transferred over from Gen6 to Gen7, they can“t be brought back to the games they came from. It“s not a new practice for the series, but...I kind of anticipated PokÃ©mon Bank to make things more uniform, and allow the first 721 critters to move freely between all past and present PokÃ©mon games starting with XY/ORAS. Guess I thought wrong!
Furthermore: [an updated] PokÃ©Transporter is going to be the means by which critters from Red, Blue and Yellow can be brought over to Sun & Moon, also restricted to a one-time transfer. Once they leave the Kanto region, they can“t go back! I“m probably going to wait a while before I transfer my full batch of RBY PokÃ©mon over, until I“m fully aware of what moves are going to be viable in Alola. My dreams of a battle-ready No Guard Machamp with Fissure may yet still come true!
And last but not least: a new National PokÃ©dex feature is coming to Bank with the latest update. Using it will analyze the save data(!!!) from any game you use with Bank in order to generate a PokÃ©dex that will tell you what games you can find critters you may be missing. That“s kind of crazy! Seems like they genuinely want folks to â€œcatch ;em allâ€, since they“ll be able to use data from multiple games to do it.
All this Bank stuff begs the question though, considering my previous thoughts on backing up save data. Can PokÃ©mon Bank be accessed in a new way, starting with the Generation 7 games? Picture this:
You walk into any PokÃ©mon Center and access your PC, as always, which features 30+ unique boxes of offline storage, ready to be grabbed at anytime. However: what if they were to add a separate tab onto the PokÃ©mon Center PCs that let you access your data on the PokÃ©mon Bank servers without ever leaving your game to go into the app? Not leaving the main games to access Bank would remove a largely inconvenient, [seemingly] unnecessary barrier preventing folks from simply storing every PokÃ©mon they have on PokÃ©mon Bank“s servers, just in case of a data loss.
Being able to grab PokÃ©mon freely from â€œthe cloudâ€ without ever having to leave my game to go into an app and prompt ten different loading cycles...would be the single most welcome change to come to the franchise, for me personally. If my 3DS is ever lost or stolen--as long as I have all my existing PokÃ©mon saved to the server instead of the games, I could conceivably get every critter back, once I“ve migrated to a new system. I wouldn“t mind a brief lag to connect to the Internet every time I used the PC, as long as there was always an offline option to use in case I“m not around Wi-Fi.
So there we have it! A little Bank-related PSA, and some hopeful speculation on my part. How do you all feel about my idea? Disappointed you have to wait a few months before porting critters over from previous games? Be sure to let us know!