You can finally transfer Pokémon into Sun and Moon

Pokémon Bank has at last been updated to let you transfer Pokémon into the series’ latest games, Sun and Moon.

The app acts as a virtual cloud storage for your critters. Upload caught creatures into Bank from one game and you can download them into one of the series’ later titles.

Bank, and accompanying app Poké Transporter used with older games, are supported by (deep breath): Pokémon Black/White and Black 2/White 2 on DS, Pokémon X and Y plus Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire on 3DS, and the 3DS eShop versions of Red, Blue and Yellow.

Nintendo’s wildest handheld is bowing out with style

Obituaries were already being filed for the Wii U soon after its release in 2012, so now that its days have properly been numbered by Nintendo with the Switch’s impending release there’s been little fanfare around its imminent demise. A shame really, for although there were mistakes – a derivative name put it in the Wii’s shadow from the off, and Nintendo’s inability to market the GamePad ensured it lacked a gimmick to make up for the perceived lack of horsepower – it’s been a fine console, allowing Nintendo to refocus on the core and ensuring a string of delightfully esoteric releases. The sales might have been underwhelming, but those who fell into its weird niche tended to be perfectly happy with that they got. Far too few will mourn one of the greatest cult consoles since the Dreamcast, sadly.

The other side of Nintendo’s current hardware set-up might well be mourned by many more, though you’d hardly know it’s on its way out. Shelves have been emptied of 3DS units on both sides of the Atlantic – thanks, of course, to the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon, which amounted to Nintendo’s biggest ever launch in the UK – and in the run-up to Christmas and well after it’s impossible to get your hands on a handheld that was first launched well over five years ago. I know from first-hand experience – despite having already owned three 3DSs, I’m always toying with the idea of grabbing another, whether for the delicious face plates and coloured buttons of the vanilla New 3DS or the extra screen estate of the XL. I really can’t get enough of this machine.

Such is its success, it’s easy to overlook how strange the 3DS is. First there’s the dual screen set-up, inherited from its immediate predecessor but also cutely calling back to Gunpei Yokoi’s original Game & Watch handhelds. Back at the DS’s announcement in 2004, the set-up felt so unwieldy and, in the original DS model at least, unsightly. It’s only after six years in which the DS established itself as a success that those twin-screens began to feel normal, and not quite so odd. By the time the 3DS was announced in 2010, we’d all got used to the set-up. So Nintendo had to do something else to give it the shock of the new.

Pokémon Sun and Moon are Nintendo’s biggest UK launch of all time

Pokémon Sun and Moon are Nintendo’s biggest ever launch in the UK.

Their launch last week racked up more sales than any other Pokémon duo, any other game on 3DS, anything even on Nintendo’s hugely-successful Wii or DS.

To put it even more in perspective – Sun and Moon’s first day of sales smashed Wii Fit’s first two weeks of sales back in 2008, at the height of Wii hysteria.

Sources: Nintendo Switch to get Pokémon Sun and Moon version

A new version of Pokémon Sun and Moon will launch for Nintendo Switch.

Multiple sources tell Eurogamer the game is already well into development, will launch in 2017, and currently holds the codename of Pokémon Stars.

Earlier generations of Pokémon games have featured a third title launched later with expanded features – Pokémon Yellow followed Game Boy originals Red and Blue to start this trend, which continued through until Pokémon Platinum followed Diamond and Pearl on DS.

Nintendo refuses to say whether Switch has a touchscreen

After yesterday’s triumphant Nintendo Switch announcement, there’s a bit of confusion around one of its core features – that big ol’ shiny screen.

Is it a touchscreen? Nintendo won’t say.

DS, 3DS and Wii U all featured touch-controlled screens, and while we don’t expect Switch to feature backwards compatibility out of the box it would be a surprise to see Nintendo ditch the usual touchscreen feature.

Five years on, Nintendo 3DS passes 60m sales milestone

3DS has now notched up 60m sales, Nintendo announced last night.

While a significant milestone, this still places 3DS around 20m short of the Game Boy Advance and a whopping 94m short of the DS.

There’s still some life in 3DS yet – Nintendo clearly plans on supporting the device into next year via the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon this Christmas.