A new storage app available for 3DS, Switch, and Mobile has just been unveiled at the 2019 Pokemon press conference by Game Freak. The new app known as Pokemon Home, will allow players to transfer their hard-earned catches between the three devices and trade with players globally and locally.
When is Pokemon Home Releasing?
At the time of writing, no specific release date has been set for Pokemon Home; what we do know, however, is that it'll be arriving "early 2020." That's not too far away, considering we're already approaching the end of 2019, and it also gives us some time to build up our Pokemon Sword and Shield Pokedex' in the meantime.
How Pokemon Home Will Work
Pokemon Home could follow a similar concept to that of Pokemon Bank, where Pokemon from 3DS Pokemon titles can be accepted in-game. Pokemon Home acts as a storage app that will allow you to save Pokemon captured in Let's Go: Pikachu and Eevee, Pokemon Sword and Shield, and Pokemon Bank. Using both online and local connectivity, Pokemon Home will differ from the way Pokemon bank functions.
Pokemon transferred from the above games will be entirely possible with the new cloud-based storage service, but Pokemon that reside in Pokemon Home will only be available to move over to Pokemon Sword and Shield.
What Games Pokemon Home is Compatible With
As long as a game is compatible with Pokemon Bank, it'll be fit for use with Pokemon Home. So Pokemon Let's Go: Pikachu, Pokemon Let's Go: Eevee, Pokemon Sword, and Shield, Pokemon Go will be the main games that are compatible. As they are also compatible with Pokemon Bank, it also means that the following games will be available for Pokemon Home: Pokemon Black and White, Pokemon Black and White versions 2, Pokemon Red and Blue, Pokemon Yellow and Gold, Pokemon Silver and Crystal, Pokemon X and Y, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon Omega Ruby, Pokemon Sun and Moon, and Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
How to Download Pokemon Home
Although it's not been confirmed just yet, if we're going by Pokemon Bank, we'll be able to download Pokemon Home direct from the device you're using. That means the Nintendo eShop, your mobile phone app store, the store on 3DS, or whatever other devices you have! Using your PC Nintendo account, you can download Pokemon Bank, so Pokemon Home will likely follow suit.
Is Pokemon Home free?
There's been no confirmation about the cost of Pokemon Home, or whether there'll be a zero price tag attached. It is $5 for Pokemon Bank, but it'd be unsafe to assume Pokemon Home will follow this price point. Taking into account the Switch has its subscription service, which costs a fair amount more, and there's a possibility Pokemon Home could be included in this bundle.
Pokemon Home plus Nintendo Switch Online would undoubtedly be a very tempting offer if it included both under one price. The only issue there, though, is that 3DS and mobile users would likely need to cover the cost under a separate subscription, so there's that to take into account too.