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Nintendo has announced that they will discontinue the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShop and related services in late March 2023. As a result, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have announced that Pokémon Bank will become a free service in March 2023. Players still have to subscribe to a Pokémon HOME Premium Plan to transfer Pokémon from Bank to HOME.

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Notice of Free Pokémon Bank Service Due to Termination of the Nintendo eShop Service for Nintendo 3DS Series

To Our Customers,
Thank you very much for enjoying the Pokémon series.

Due to the termination of the Nintendo eShop service for the Nintendo 3DS series, the Pokémon Bank service will become free of charge.

Please continue to use the Pokémon Bank service free of charge at that time, as you can import Pokémon deposited in the Pokémon Bank to Pokémon HOME.

To transfer Pokémon to Pokémon HOME, you need to subscribe to a Premium Plan for Pokémon HOME.

Schedule - late March 2023

Sales End for Pokémon Bank tickets. New downloads of Pokémon Bank and PokéMover will also end.
On that same day, the Pokémon Bank service will become free of charge. Purchased subscription tickets will not be refunded.

The exact end date of the free service is yet to be determined. We will announce it on the official website.

Source: https://www.pokemon.co.jp/info/2022/02/220216_gm01.html

Wii U & Nintendo 3DS eShop Discontinuation

Applies to: New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, New Nintendo 2DS XL, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS, Wii U Deluxe, Wii U Basic

As of late March 2023, it will no longer be possible to make purchases in Nintendo eShop for the Wii U system and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. It will also no longer be possible to download free content, including game demos. Furthermore, as this date draws closer, related services will cease to function:

  • As of May 23, 2022, it will no longer be possible to use a credit card to add funds to an account in Nintendo eShop on Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
  • As of August 29, 2022, it will no longer be possible to use a Nintendo eShop Card to add funds to an account in Nintendo eShop on Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. However, it will still be possible to redeem download codes until late March 2023.

Users who link their Nintendo Network ID wallet (used with Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems) with their Nintendo Account wallet (used with the Nintendo Switch family of systems) can use the shared balance to purchase content on any of these systems until late March 2023. After that, the balance can only be used to purchase content for the Nintendo Switch family of systems.

No changes are planned for Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch family of systems.

The changes to Nintendo eShop on Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems will simultaneously take effect in software on these platforms where it is possible to make purchases, such as StreetPass Mii Plaza, Theme Shop and Nintendo Badge Arcade.

Even after late March 2023, and for the foreseeable future, it will still be possible to redownload games and DLC, receive software updates and enjoy online play on Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

We thank you for supporting Nintendo eShop on Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Source: https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/57847

Pokémon Bank Services Will Be Available at No Cost to Players

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Paid passes will be discontinued, but users will still be able to access some features—including transferring their Pokémon to Pokémon HOME.

With the discontinuation of the Nintendo eShop service for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the Pokémon Bank service for Nintendo 3DS will become available at no cost to users. You will still be able to transfer the Pokémon you've deposited in Pokémon Bank to Pokémon HOME even after the paid service is discontinued, and you'll still be able to bring Pokémon into Pokémon Bank from compatible titles. However, you'll need to be enrolled in a paid Pokémon HOME Premium Plan to do so.

In late March 2023, Pokémon Bank's paid passes will no longer be offered for purchase, at which time Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter will no longer be available to download. On the same day, Trainers will be able to start using Pokémon Bank at no cost. Be aware that there will be no refunds for paid passes that have already been purchased.

There is no end date planned for this no-cost service.

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/pokemon-bank-services-will-be-available-at-no-cost-to-players/

Pokémon Snap​ will be available to purchase for the Nintendo Wii U Virtual Console in North America on January 5th, 2017 for $9.99.

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Catching Pokémon is a snap!

Travel to Pokémon Island and meet Professor Oak to begin a safari to take the best possible photographs of 63 different Pokémon. The island has many types of climates and environments to explore, along with secret activities and hidden passages to discover. Some of the Pokémon can be a little shy and won't pose for the camera unless you tease them with special items! After you’re done, submit one picture of each Pokémon to Professor Oak, and he'll judge it based on size, pose, technique, and number of Pokémon captured. Start practicing if you want to snap the perfect shot!

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Virtual Console

This classic game is part of the Virtual Console service, which brings you great games created for consoles such as NES™, Super NES™ and Game Boy™ Advance. We hope you'll enjoy the new features (including off-TV play) that have been added to this title.

Source: http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/pokemon-snap-wii-u

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HORI has announced that a Pokkén Tournament Controller for Wii U - Pikachu Version 「HORI - 「ポッ拳」専用コントローラー for Wii U ピカチュウ」 will be available to purchase in Japan in June 2016 for 3758 yen. HORI previously released a Gamecube controller featuring Pikachu in late 2014 for Wii/Wii U and the POKKÉN TOURNAMENT Exclusive Controller for Wii U on March 18th, 2016.

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Source: http://www.hori.jp/products/wiiu/wiiu_pokken_controller_pikachu/ and http://www.hori.jp/products/wiiu/wiiu_pokken_controller/

The official Japanese POKKÉN TOURNAMENT website announced the details for the LAN Battle Mode and a 1.1 Patch for the Nintendo Wii U version of the game.

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LAN Battle Mode

LAN Battle Mode allows players to utilize two Nintendo Wii U systems to enjoy matches at 60 Frames per Second. There are three main ways that can be accomplished.

Connection A Connection B Connection C
2 x Wii U Sets
2 x Copies of Pokken
2 x TV Monitors
2 x USB LAN Adaptors
2 x Ethernet Cables
1 x Router
2 x Wii U Sets
2 x Copies of Pokken
2 x TV Monitors
1 x Router with Wi-Fi
2 x Wii U Sets
2 x Copies of Pokken
2 x TV Monitors
2 x USB LAN Adaptors
1 x Crossover Ethernet Cable

A television monitor is not required for any method as players can use the Wii U GamePad and is therefore only a substitute.

Players that setup using Pattern C with a crossover cable will require additional network configuration. Players need to setup the Wii U's for Wired Connection with 1 Wii U's IP set to 192.168.000.001 and the other Wii U's UP set to 192.168.000.002 so they are on the same subnet. Both Wii U's need to have the Subnet Mask set to 255.255.255.000 with the Gateway set to 192.168.000.050 and the Primary DNS manually set to 001.000.000.000 and "Do not auto-obtain". Save the configuration and select end without testing the connection.

Players can start a LAN battle by holding the L button + R button + and ↓ on the D-Pad. It may take a few seconds to find the match after starting the search.

Source: http://www.pokemon.co.jp/ex/pokken_wiiU/news/160315_02.html

POKKÉN TOURNAMENT 1.1 Patch for Wii U

A 370MB patch for POKKÉN TOURNAMENT will be available to download on launch day and the patch is required for Online Play. Further details were not announced.

Source: http://www.pokemon.co.jp/ex/pokken_wiiU/news/160315_01.html

Nintendo has announced that a Splatfest being held from Friday February 19th, 2016 until Saturday February 20th, 2016 at 10PM PT for players of the Nintendo Wii U game Splatoon. Players can vote for their favorite games: Pokémon Red or Pokémon Blue in North America and Europe and Pokémon Red or Pokémon Green in Japan. Players will also temporarily get an in-game T-Shirt with artwork that features Charizard, Venusaur or Blastoise.

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Tumblr Press Release

BREAKING NEWS! We’ve just learned that the next Splatfest is being presented by none other than… drumroll, please… Pokémon!

Head to the Inkopolis Plaza and select which game is your favorite: Pokémon Red or Pokémon Blue!

This Splatfest will begin on February 19 at 10:00 PM PT and will run until February 20 at 10:00 PM PT.

This Splatfest will also happen simultaneously around the world. Like any other Splatfest, however, players you get matched with will be from your region, and the results will also be tallied by each region.

By the way, did you know that in Japan the first Pokémon game was released in a “Red Version” and a “Green Version,” but in North America and Europe, the two versions were “Red Version” and “Blue Version.” So for this Splatfest, in North America, it will be “Red vs Blue.”

Source: http://splatoonus.tumblr.com/post/139145051315/breaking-news-weve-just-learned-that-the-next

Pokémon Center Splatoon Collaboration



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The official Japanese Pokémon website also announced another cross-game promotion. The Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green T-Shirts featuring the artwork of Lizardon and Fushigibana will also be available for purchase as real life clothing items at all the Pokémon Centers starting on Saturday, February 20th, 2016.

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Prices:
T-shirt Splatoon × Pokémon Red S · M · L - 3,800 yen each
T-shirt Splatoon × Pokémon Red 130 - 3,200 yen
T-shirt Splatoon × Pokémon Green S · M · L - 3,800 yen each
T-shirt Splatoon × Pokémon Green 130 - 3,200 yen

Source: http://www.pokemon.co.jp/info/2016/02/160212_p01.html

Nintendo has announced that Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle will be available for free to players of the Nintendo Wii U title Super Mario Maker by clearing the new event course. Players need to replay the event course three times in order to get all three costumes which also include special Pokémon sound effects.

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YouTube Trailer


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7u_ppJtoJo

Nintendo of Japan has revealed that a Nintendo Wii U POKKÉN TOURNAMENT Set (Wii U ポッ拳 POKKÉN TOURNAMENT セット) will be released on March 18th, 2016. The set will cost 36,800 yen and includes: a 32GB Black Wii U Premium Set, a digital copy of Pokkén Tournament, a Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card and a Battle Pokémon Action List pamphlet.

Also being released on March 18th, 2016 for 3,480 yen will be the POKKÉN TOURNAMENT Exclusive Controller for Wii U (『ポッ拳』専用コントローラー for Wii U). It is a wired controller similar to the one that is used in the arcade version of POKKÉN TOURNAMENT. The controller is compatible with POKKÉN TOURNAMENT but it was revealed that the game is also compatible with the the Wii U GamePad, the Nintendo Wii U Pro Controller and the Classic Controller Pro controller so this new controller is not required to play the game.

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Sources: http://www.pokemon.co.jp/ex/pokken_wiiU/news/151215_01.html and http://www.pokemon.co.jp/ex/pokken_wiiU/news/151215_02.html

On November 12th, 2015, Nintendo broadcasted their first Nintendo Direct since the death of former Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. A lot of new Pokémon game information was revealed. Images from the press kit have been added to an Imageboard thread.

Nintendo Direct - November 12th, 2015

Latest Nintendo Direct Announces Pokémon Games—Including the Games That Started It All—Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version and Pokémon Yellow Version for Virtual Console

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon launch date and limited edition Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card revealed for Pokkén Tournament

The Pokémon Company International announced several new games today during the latest Nintendo Direct. The new games include Pokémon Picross and the relaunch of Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version and Pokémon Yellow Version on the Virtual Console for systems in the Nintendo 3DS family. Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon and Pokkén Tournament were also featured in the presentation.

Nintendo 3DS

Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version and Pokémon Yellow Version: On February 27, 2016, the games that started it all, Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version and Pokémon Yellow Version, will be relaunched on the Virtual Console for systems in the Nintendo 3DS family. This time there is no need for a Game Boy link cable as fans can battle and trade just like they did in 1999, but now via wireless communication on Nintendo 3DS.

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Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon: The latest installment of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series that has sold more than 13 million units worldwide is launching for Nintendo 3DS on February 19. With turn-based battles and ever-changing dungeons, players can encounter every single known Pokémon in Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon—all 720 of them!

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Pokémon Picross: The popular Picross series meets the world of Pokémon when Pokémon Picross launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS in early December. Pokémon Picross will be downloadable at no charge and will have over 300 stages plus an advanced mode. After solving number puzzles to complete pictures of Pokémon, fans will be able to add them to their collection in the game.

Wii U

Pokkén Tournament: Developed in collaboration with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., producers of TEKKEN®, one of the most successful fighting-game franchises in history, Pokkén Tournament brings Pokémon to life in a way never seen before where Pokémon move in direct response to the player’s actions while battling. Fans who purchase a first-run version of the game at retail will receive a limited-edition Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card that immediately unlocks the character in the game after tapping it to the Wii U GamePad. Pokkén Tournament launches for Wii U in spring 2016.

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Nintendo Direct - November 12th, 2015 Video



The official Pokémon YouTube channel updated with a video showcasing the reveal of Shadow Mewtwo. Players in Japan as the October 30th, 2015 Ver.J04 update of Pokkén Tournament had been posting pictures and videos of their encounters with it in the game. Pokkén Tournament is coming to Wii U in the spring of 2016!

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Shadow Mewtwo Revealed in Pokkén Tournament! Video


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJRtBiFD144

At the Opening Ceremonies of the 2015 Pokémon World Championships, it was announced that Pokkén Tournament would be released on the Nintendo Wii U in the Spring of 2016.

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Pokkén Tournament Battles Its Way onto Wii U

Arcade Hit Comes to Nintendo’s Wii U in Spring 2016 - The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo today announced the upcoming release of Pokkén Tournament for Nintendo’s Wii U. Currently an arcade game available only in Japan, Pokkén Tournament for Wii U will be released worldwide in spring 2016.

Developed in collaboration with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., producers of TEKKEN®, one of the most successful fighting-game franchises in history, Pokkén Tournament brings Pokémon to life in a way never before seen, where Pokémon in battle move in direct response to the player’s actions. The intuitive controls make this fighting game accessible to players of all skill levels, and the stunning visuals emphasise the size and power of each Pokémon.

“Pokkén Tournament combines the best elements of a traditional fighting game with an authentic Pokémon experience,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “Fans will be thrilled to see their favourite Pokémon battle in a whole new way.”

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