The official website for the Pokémon Bank has launched, containing additional information on the service as well as a trailer. The video, which can be viewed below, gives an overview as to the functions of the Pokémon Bank and the related Poké Transporter, which allows players to transfer their monsters from the fifth generation games to Pokémon X and Y.
In Pokémon Bank, a choice of either Poké Miles or Battle Points are awarded to players based on the number of Pokémon deposited and the length of time they are stored. These currencies can be transferred to X/Y through the Pokémon Link feature and used in exchange for special items.
As a player's Pokémon Bank account is connected to their Nintendo Network ID, he or she can only access the bank from that single 3DS system. However, in spite of the region lock, it is possible to insert Pokémon X/Y game cards from different regions into a single 3DS and be able to deposit and withdraw Pokémon from the bank and use the Poké Transporter. Pokémon also cannot be traded between two Pokémon Bank accounts
In regards the the 30-day free trial period, if this passes, players who do not wish to subscribe will be able to withdraw their creatures from the bank for an unspecified amount of time before they are lost. The same holds true if a player's subscription runs out after a year and he/she does not renew it in time.
The Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter apps are set to launch on the 3DS eShop on December 27 in North America and PAL regions. The annual fee is $4.99 in the US, Ł4.99 in the UK, €4,49 in Europe, $6.50 in Australia, and $8.50 in New Zealand.