YvoCaro Plays

YvoCaro Plays: Pokémon Home and Pokémon Bank

Time to sit down for another YvoCaro Plays. As always, these blurbs are mostly about the video games I’m currently playing. Unedited thoughts that spring up in my mind, mostly game related. And sometimes a random train of thoughts starting with the game and ending somewhere completely different. If you like these bits of gaming thoughts you can find the previous ones here

Sometimes it’s time to not play games

I’ve often remarked that I “game where the mood takes me”. I can’t force myself to play games because I have to. Which of course is why I have a bit of a backlog and I’m known to jump from game to game.

The same applies when I’m not in the mood for playing games at all. That happened to me last week: in no mood to touch my Switch. Instead, I turned to reading. Currently in my third book since Saturday! I just let it take its course, pretty sure playing video games will soon take a hold again.

Pokémon Home stores your buddies

During the 2019 Pokémon Press Conference, Game Freak revealed a new cloud based Pokémon storage system, called Pokémon Home. It immediately made me remember I have PokéBank on one of my 3DS’s with legendary Pokémon in it. But I don’t dare look, as I haven’t paid for the subscription in the last year. I wonder if they are still in the box!

Pokémon Home

Anyway, the new system is cloud-based, meaning your ‘Mon will be transferable from Pokémon Go, Pokémon Bank, Let’s Go Pikachu (and Eevee)! as well as the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield. So, store them all in one system in the cloud and retrieve them when you want to. To put the critters from older games in the cloud you’ll still need PokéBank, mind you. And: you can only transfer them to Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Looks like it’s going to be a nice service, to be available at the beginning of 2020. No price is known yet, but with PokéBank costing $ 4.99 a year, I can’t imagine this service will be for free. I might go for it. Unless I find when opening up the vaults of PokéBank that all of my critters have flown!

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