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About 5 years ago, I was a poor college student and had to sell my 3DS to help pay for rent. I grew up playing every game since Red/Blue, but stopped right after Diamond/Pearl came out cause I was "too old" for Pokémon games (stupid, stupid younger me...). Around 2012, I was older, and maybe even a bit wiser, cause I picked up a copy of diamond and starting playing the games again. I picked Piplup. I fell back in love with the games and after the release of X/Y, I started going to midnight releases of all the new games. I gathered a decent collection of mons, including a bunch of event legendaries/mythicals from the 20th anniversary. They joined my Empoleon from that original diamond run. But then, in 2017 I was a poor college student and had to sell my 3DS to pay for rent. I stored all my mons in Pokémon Bank, including Empoleon, and sold my 3DS, assuming I'd never see them again. Fast forward to today, no longer a poor college student, and decided to pick up a 3DS. I had some digital downloads on my original 3DS, and read you could restore them if you call Nintendo and relink your NNID. Sure enough, after a couple days of communicating with Nintendo, I'm told my 3DS is ready reconnect with my original NNID. I thought nothing of it until I go to re-downloadable content and see Pokémon Bank. Surely my collection wouldn't still be there, right? I had read mixed responses on whether or not Pokémon would stay in the bank after unlinking a NNID. I tap download and wait way too long for Pokémon Bank to download while watching berries/puffs/balls get dropped off a clothes line into a box. The nostalgia is real as I unwrap the new app on my Home Screen. I launch Pokémon Bank and sure enough, the first page has all my Pokémon from my run of Sun, the last game I played before I sold my 3DS. Tears of joy are starting to well up. I navigate a few more pages until I finally see what I'm looking for. Empoleon. Reunited at last. Who would've thought a few pixels on a screen could make a grown man cry. These games are special.

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