Pokemon Crystal Coming to 3DS Virtual Console

Back when Nintendo announced that Pokemon Gold & Silver were going to be released on the Virtual Console for the Nintendo 3DS hardware line, I was a bit surprised at the omission of the third title in the generation, Pokemon Crystal.

Pokemon Crystal for Game Boy Color!

With the first generation games all three title, Pokemon Red & Blue along with the later arriving Pokemon Yellow, were released at the same time.  This time around however, Nintendo seems to want to follow the original release pattern.  Pokemon Gold & Silver were released back in September.  Now we have just gotten the word from Nintendo that Pokemon Crystal will be available next month.

Virtual Console Bound

I suppose this is consistent with how things ran back in the day.  For a stretch Nintendo and Game Freak had a pattern of releasing a pair of titles, each with Pokemon exclusive to one or the other, then following up with a revised version that allowed players to catch them all, and a few more, on one combined title, slightly updated, but set in the same region.  This continued on through Pokemon Platinum, the follow on title for Pokemon Diamond & Pearl.

After that the plan seemed to be to rework and old title, like Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver, or release two more follow on titles, as in the case of the current Pokemon UltraSun & UltraMoon.

Anyway, if you’ve gotta collect all the titles, you will be able to pick up Pokemon Crystal come January 26, 2018.

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