I honestly think the fee isn't a big deal. 5 dollars a year? Try paying for WoW with 5 bucks a year. Seriously, it isn't that big of a deal. I do understand that it does seem cheap to charge for a once free service ,but, the Pokemon Bank is so much more than that. It can store a lot and it's basically like Pokemon Box but without requiring a game system and another game. I appreciate what Game Freak is doing with this, and giving us a free trial is basically letting us transfer for free as long as your Duckletts (bud dum tss) in a row when it comes to your Gen 5 game.