Yes, the amount of storage you actually get with pokebank would cost less than $5, but there are many other things that have to be calculated when trying to figure out the true cost of the service:
1. The cost of the storage 2. The cost of the electricity to keep the servers up (which, btw, is NOT negligable) 3. The cost of employees to maintain the servers 4. The extra cost so that the 3rd party company who will actually be hosting the servers makes a profit (as nintendo is NOT in the cloud storage business, i can guarantee they will be partnering with some 3rd party business for pokemon bank). 5. Cost of Nintendo Developers working on the transfer app and supporting it.
There could be more but I'm just trying to make a point: This stuff isn't free for Nintendo, they aren't trying to be evil money grubbing jerks. COULD they take the loss? Sure. But they aren't going to be PROFITING off your yearly $5 --- Now i know why they call it salt, it's so di YUM
I really don't wanna hear it. /Nothing/ is that cheap. Get over yourselves - this is a ridiculously good deal for what we're getting, on top of the fact that this will be supported until the day Pokemon goes under, which I doubt is gonna happen within the next several decades at this rate. --- Empress of the Jovian Empire Mechanical Advisor for Golden Sun: Adept's Refuge
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