Pokémon Crystal is Coming to the 3DS Next Month

And you can finally catch Celebi!

If you thought Ultra Moon and Ultra Sun were going to be the last Pokémon games to hit the 3DS then YOU THOUGHT WRONG.

Well, they’re the last new ones anyway. 

In a surprise announcement, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company revealed that Pokémon Crystal Version is coming to the 3DS Virtual Console on January 26, 2018 for $9.99.

Originally released for the Gameboy Color back in 2001, Crystal is the third game of the second generation of Pokémon, following Silver and Gold. Similar to Yellow Version, Crystal adds new content and features to the previous second generation Pokémon games, such as a modified story that focuses on the Legendary Beast Suicune, and aesthetic changes like animated Pokémon sprites before a battle. Most notably, Crystal is the first game in the series to give the player the option to play as a girl. #progress #girlpower #KrisisbetterthanLyra

This version of Crystal will also feature a postgame quest that gives Trainers the option to catch a wild Celebi, an event that was exclusive to Japan via connecting your Gameboy Color to your cell phone (I’m not making this up) when the game originally released. 

The Virtual Console version of Crystal, like Silver and Gold before it, allows for Link Trades and Battles through the 3DS’ wireless communication abilities, as well as the Time Capsule feature, allowing you to do the same with Red, Blue, or Yellow Version

Crystal for 3DS will be Pokémon Bank compatible too, meaning you can move the Pocket Monsters you caught here into your gen six or gen seven 3DS games. This is huge since this means every main series Pokémon game (All 29 of them) can be moved to Ultra Moon and Ultra Sun. That’s nuts. 

While we were scared when Gold and Silver came to the 3DS a few months back without their sparkly sibling, we can rest easy knowing the last (and arguably best) Gameboy Color Pokémon game is finally headed to the 3DS, making it the only console where you can play (counting remakes) EVERY GAME IN THE SERIES. Again, that’s nuts. 

Pokémon Crystal hits the 3DS Virtual Console on January 26. 


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Jake Culhane

Jake Culhane

Still patiently waiting for Kingdom Hearts 3. •PSN: LandPirate62

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