Earlier this morning, Game Freak announced that Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter, tools that allow you to store up to 3,000 Pokémon in a cloud and transfer all of your fifth generation Pokémon to the sixth generation, respectively. There will be a free trial period, but when that expires an annual fee will be required to access the Pokémon Bank. Game Freak has now divulged more information, including the release dates and pricing for some regions.
Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter will both be available in Japan on December 25 with an annual fee of ¥500. That’s about $5 or just under €4, although official prices have not been announced outside of Japan yet. These apps will be available in Europe on December 27, but the US release date has not yet been confirmed. The free trial lasts until January 31 in Japan, so you can probably expect a similar month long grace period in the West.