Pokémon Home is New Pokémon Bank That Connects 'Sword and Shield, 'Pokémon Go' and More

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One of the biggest announcements during the 2019 Pokémon press conference in Japan was the reveal of a new service to connect Pokémon games similar to Pokémon Bank.

Pokémon Home will act as the new Pokémon Bank for the upcoming Switch titles, Pokémon Sword and Shield as well as Pokémon Go and Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee. The mobile app will be a hub for all of the above games as well as the 3DS titles.

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The cloud-based service will connect Pokemon games. Pokemon Company/Twitch

Not much was revealed during the press conference regarding Pokémon Home, but one of the features is the trading functionality. Pokémon Home will allow for trades anytime, anywhere through your mobile device. You will be able to trade with friends and other trainers online.

From the above graphic, it seems that only Pokémon Sword and Shield - and presumably future Switch games - can use Pokémon Home to transfer to and from the games. Pokémon from the 3DS titles as well as Pokémon Go can only go from the console to Pokémon Home.

The service will be available on Nintendo Switch and mobile devices.

Pokémon Bank was created in 2014 to allow for Pokémon transfers from older generations to the X and Y series of games. This was also a great app on your Nintendo 3DS to store and transfer Pokémon between games without the need of using two systems to trade with yourself.

There was an annual fee to use this service, but every year a special Pokémon - usually with their Hidden Ability - was offered as a bonus for signing up. With the Nintendo Switch Online service, it may be included within the subscription but we'll learn more as we get closer to launch. With E3 2019 a few weeks away, more information on Pokémon Home could come during the June 11 Nintendo Direct or during the June 5 Pokémon-specific Nintendo Direct. Fans will want to tune in to both to get the latest information.

Pokémon Home is expected to launch in early 2020.

What do you think of the new Pokémon Home app? Would you pay for the service if it's separate from Nintendo Switch Online? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.