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28 Jan 2020 09:22 AM
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The official Pokémon website has announced the pricing for the Pokémon HOME Premium Plan in the United States which will be available in February 2020. With Pokémon HOME, you can move Pokémon between compatible games, trade Pokémon on the go, and more! The Premium Plan will cost $16 USD on top of the $20 USD Nintendo Online Service. Pokémon GO compatibility will also not be available at the launch of the Pokémon HOME service. High resolution images from the press release have been added to an Imageboard thread.

Pokémon HOME is a cloud service for Nintendo Switch and compatible mobile devices designed as a place where all Pokémon can gather. By linking the same Nintendo Account to both the Nintendo Switch version and mobile version of Pokémon HOME, you’ll be able to access the same Pokémon Boxes on both versions!

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Press Release - POKÉMON HOME TO LAUNCH IN FEBRUARY 2020

New Pokémon Cloud Service App Can Manage Collection of Pokémon across Multiple Games

Today, The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo announced more details for the new cloud service app Pokémon HOME. The app enables Trainers to continue their Pokémon adventures beyond a single game system and manage their collection of Pokémon across many of their games. Pokémon HOME will launch in February 2020 for iOS and Android devices as well as Nintendo Switch.

Designed as a place where all Pokémon can gather, Pokémon HOME will enable Trainers to bring over Pokémon from linked Pokémon series games and deposit them in Pokémon Boxes in the cloud or move them around to linked compatible games. Also, by linking the same Nintendo Account to both the Nintendo Switch version and the mobile device version, fans will be able to access the same Pokémon Boxes from both hardware platforms. The Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME supports connectivity with the Nintendo Switch games Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! Both the Nintendo Switch version and the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME support connectivity with the Nintendo 3DS software Pokémon Bank. Support for Pokémon GO is also in development.

Connecting Pokémon HOME to Pokémon Games

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield can link to the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME. Once the games are linked, users can deposit or retrieve Pokémon that can be obtained using those games.

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Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! can link to the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME. Users can move Pokémon back and forth between Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! or into Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Once a Pokémon from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! is moved to Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield, it cannot be returned to its original game.

If a user is enrolled in a Premium Plan (paid), they will be able to move Pokémon from Nintendo 3DS Pokémon titles to Pokémon HOME using Pokémon Bank. Once a Pokémon from Pokémon Bank is moved into Pokémon HOME, it cannot be moved back to Pokémon Bank.

To celebrate the release of Pokémon HOME, Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter will be available at no cost for a one-month period after Pokémon HOME is released. Trainers will be able to bring over Pokémon from various Pokémon series games using Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter. Once they have their Pokémon in Pokémon Bank, Trainers will then be able to move the Pokémon to Pokémon HOME.

Trade Pokémon
There are four ways to trade Pokémon using Pokémon HOME on a mobile device. This makes it possible to trade Pokémon anywhere and anytime.
  • Pokémon placed in the Wonder Box can be traded with people around the world. Pokémon placed in the Wonder Box will be traded even when Pokémon HOME is not being used.
  • With the Global Trade System (GTS), fans can specify which Pokémon they want to trade and which Pokémon they want to receive. They will then be matched with a Trainer if both meet each other’s criteria.
  • Room Trade lets Trainers create a room and trade Pokémon among the people who join. Each room can hold up to 20 people. Trading in rooms has no cost, but users will only be able to create rooms when enrolled in a Premium Plan (paid).
  • Friend Trade allows Trainers to trade their Pokémon with nearby users who they have become friends with in Pokémon HOME. Trainers can add friends using the Add Friend feature in Pokémon HOME.

More Features
Pokémon HOME has many features that Trainers can use to connect with games in the Pokémon series and more.
  • Pokémon will be registered to the National Pokédex when users deposit them in the Boxes in Pokémon HOME. If users deposit a Pokémon that can Mega Evolve or Gigantamax, then these forms will also be registered. In the National Pokédex, Trainers will be able to see Pokédex entries from various games in one place. With the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME, users will also be able to search by Pokémon Abilities or moves.
  • Trainers can receive Mystery Gifts in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME. With this feature, they can receive Mystery Gifts for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield as well as gifts specifically for Pokémon HOME. Pokémon received in Pokémon HOME can be directly deposited in a Box in Pokémon HOME. Trainers can also receive some gifts, such as items for Pokémon, by receiving a code for a Mystery Gift in Pokémon HOME and then using that code in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield.
  • If a Trainer has enrolled in a Premium Plan, they will have access to the Judge function, which allows them to check how strong their Pokémon are.
  • In the Your Room section, Trainers will be able to see all sorts of information about events or the games they’ve connected to Pokémon HOME. They’ll also be able to edit their profile using stickers. They can obtain stickers in Pokémon HOME when they meet certain conditions or perform certain tasks known as Challenges.
  • In the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME, users can check out how Ranked Battles and various Online Competitions in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are going, as well as the rankings of the Pokémon being used in them. By going to Battle Data, they’ll be able to see the battle records of each Trainer as well as information about what moves are popular among the Pokémon in the competitions.
  • In Pokémon HOME for mobile devices, Trainers will be able to receive news about Pokémon being distributed as gifts and information about Online Competitions for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
  • Pokémon HOME Points are points that accumulate in Pokémon HOME as Trainers deposit more Pokémon. When using the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME, Trainers will be able to exchange their Pokémon HOME Points for BP (Battle Points) to be used in core Pokémon series games.

There are some differences in what the Nintendo Switch version and the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME can do. Certain features can be expanded or added when Trainers enroll in a Premium Plan.

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The Premium Plan has a few different subscription options.

Nintendo eShop pricing structure:

Subscription length Price UK Price USA Price Japan Price Europe Price Korea
1 month (30 days) £2.69 $2.99 ¥ 370 2,99 € 3,900원
3 months (90 days) £4.49 $4.99 ¥ 610 4,99 € 5,900원
12 months (365 days) £14.39 $15.99 ¥ 1,960 15,99 € 20,000원

iOS and Android device pricing structure:

Subscription length Price UK Price Europe
1 month (30 days) £2.99 3,49 €
3 months (90 days) £4.99 5,49 €
12 months (365 days) £15.99 17,99 €

Trade Pokémon

Use your mobile device to trade Pokémon anytime, anywhere! There are four ways to trade Pokémon using Pokémon HOME on your mobile device.

Wonder Box
Pokémon placed in the Wonder Box can be traded with people around the world before you even know it! The Pokémon placed in the Wonder Box will be traded even when you’re not using Pokémon HOME.

You’ll be able to increase the number of Pokémon you can trade at once by enrolling in a Premium Plan (paid).

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GTS
With the GTS, you’ll be able to specify which Pokémon you want to trade and which Pokémon you want to receive and then be matched with a Trainer whose requests meet your criteria. You’ll even be able to request Pokémon that you haven’t yet registered in Pokémon HOME’s National Pokédex!

You’ll be able to increase the number of Pokémon you can trade at once by enrolling in a Premium Plan (paid).

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Room Trade
Room Trade lets you create a room and trade Pokémon among the people who join. Each room can hold up to 20 people. To add a little suspense, you won’t know what Pokémon you’ll receive until the trade is complete.

Trading in rooms has no cost, but you’ll only be able to create rooms when enrolled in a Premium Plan (paid).

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Friend Trade
Friend Trade allows you to trade your Pokémon with other users who you’ve become friends with in Pokémon HOME. You can add friends using the Add Friend feature in Pokémon HOME.

The features related to adding and managing friends in Pokémon HOME cannot be used by users under the age of 16.

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Source: https://home.pokemon.com/en-us/premium/
This post was last edited 28 Jan 2020 11:00 AM by Sunain
Post #2
28 Jan 2020 03:08 PM
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It's getting harder and harder as a fansite to promote or justify The Pokémon Company and Nintendo with these predatory prices for Pokémon games. These games are targeted for kids to play but pricing is really hurting the franchise and I don't want to support a franchise that actively exploits children through excessive monetary and capitalistic methods. That's not saying they shouldn't make a profit, they are a business, but unfortunately they are taking cues from the gaming industry as a whole which are pulling these tactics.

HOME should not be this expensive especially after paying AAA prices for SwSh. I thought $5 for Bank back in the day was overpriced...

Now you effectively need 3 separate subscriptions for SwSh.

1. Nintendo Switch Online subscription to play SwSh online.
2. Pokémon HOME subscription to store and effectively trade.
3. Pokémon Bank subscription to get your old Pokémon off your older games.

This is kind of expanding upon my post about the SwSh DLC pricing as well and we are now realizing why Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield were released as incomplete games, to sell features that should have been in the game.

It honestly feels like a scam. That's how I feel about this as a life long Pokémon fan.

This post was last edited 28 Jan 2020 03:29 PM by Sunain
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