PSA: The Nintendo eShop is closing, it’s time to save your 3DS Pokémon

On Wednesday, Nintendo announced that it would be closing online stores for the Wii U console and Nintendo 3DS handheld at the end of March 2023. The Nintendo eShop, which has persisted on both platforms, currently offers digital game downloads, demos and other free content. .

While players are already concerned about preserving their past game content and losing some functionality, there is another side effect: the impact on Pokémon Bank. The Pokémon Bank service provides a giant digital storage facility for all Pokémon caught in different games and saves. In 2020, Nintendo launched the successor feature, Pokémon Home.

Pokémon Bank will eventually be made unavailable on the 3DS, and it’s currently the only way to transfer Pokémon friends from older-gen games to newer titles. Players who do not download Pokémon Home before the eShop closes will lose the ability to keep all valuable catches, including shiny Pokémon and Mythicals events. The Pokémon Company shared a statement on its official website.

With the discontinuation of the Nintendo eShop service for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the Pokémon Bank service for Nintendo 3DS will be available to users free of charge. You’ll still be able to transfer Pokémon you’ve deposited into Pokémon Bank to Pokémon HOME even after the paid service is discontinued, and you’ll still be able to import Pokémon into Pokémon Bank from compatible titles. However, you will need to be signed up for a paid Pokémon HOME Premium plan to do this.

End of March 2023, Pokemon Bankpaid passes from will no longer be available for purchase, the date on which Pokemon Bank and Poke Carrier will no longer be available for download. On the same day, trainers can start using Pokemon Bank free of charge. Please note that there will be no refunds for paid passes that have already been purchased.

While it’s possible that most people have already taken care of transferring their old mons off the 3DS, and others just don’t care to catch them all, there are probably a few trainers who want to catch some of their rarest or most beloved. catches back in the day and transfer them to the safety of the house. (We’ve put together a handy guide to walk you through the process of catching Pokemon from as far back as Ruby and Sapphire.) It’s always sad to think of all the Pokémon that will be left behind when the eShop closes. As a consolation, Nintendo is waiving bank fees to make this process easier.

Timothy C. Mayo