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Pokémon Bank live in Europe, Australia and New Zealand

Nintendo relaunched the Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter apps for Pokémon X/Pokémon Y today in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Nintendo announced, with a free trail of the services running until March 14.

Released as version 1.1, the apps require a £4.49/€4.99/$4.99 per year subscription to use once the 30-day trial expires. The recent regional releases follow the apps' relaunch in Japan and "certain Asian countries" late last month.

The apps were initially released in Japan on Dec. 25 and were taken down from the Nintendo 3DS eShop a day later after excessive traffic overloaded the servers for both the 3DS and Wii U eShops. During the same period, the Nintendo Network suffered global outages attributed to linking of account balances for the two eShops. The Dec. 27 North American, Australian and European release of the Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter apps were delayed as a result.

Pokémon Bank allows users to store Pokémon from previous games, while Poké Transporter lets users transfer them to Pokémon X/Pokémon Y. Check out our previous coverage to learn more about the 3DS apps and how they work. We've reached out to Nintendo of America for more details on release plans in North America.

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