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Could Classic Pokémon See Nintendo eShop?

By Kevin on Jan 06 2013 09:46 AM

Just sippin' some Carbos
Good day, Nintendo Nerds and Pokémon trainers! Ever since we caught wind of the "big" upcoming Pokémon announcement on January 8th, we've been sipping copious amounts of tea, entranced in a deep state of Pokémon ponder. We've already gone on record with our prediction, "we're predicting that a main-series Pokémon announcement will surface four days from now." We're sticking to our prediction, but we'd like to blend things up a bit. Saturated with the spices of black tea, we're here to add another ingredient to the mix.

Almost two years ago, in early 2011 when the 3DS debuted, a lot of interesting talk was taking place in regards to the 3DS eShop. It was something new, exciting and mysterious at the same time. For the early birds who got the worm (early adopters), they were deemed 3DS Ambassadors and received  20 "free" games; 10 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) games and 10 Game Boy Advance (GBA) games. These titles became exclusively available to these Ambassadors. On September 1st, 2011, the Ambassadors saw their first wave of exclusivity as the 10 NES titles rolled out. Three and a half months later, on December 16th, 2011, the GBA arsenal batch became available.

Since then, fourteen NES titles have made their way to the 3DS eShop, for anyone to purchase. Six of those fourteen titles were originally part of the Ambassador lineup; Super Mario Bros., Metroid, Donkey Kong Jr., The Legend of Zelda, NES Tournament Open Golf and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. The other eight NES titles are still exclusive to Ambassadors.

What's interesting in all of this, is that no additional Game Boy Advance (aside from the Ambassador titles) games have seen eShop daylight. Isn't it "about that time?" Here's the kicker! A total of 39 Game Boy titles and 8 Game Boy Color titles have been released for the 3DS eShop since June 7th of 2011. That's a total of 47 Game Boy titles in less than two years. Wouldn't you agree that Nintendo have plans to make many, many more classic Game Boy titles available via digital download?

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In essence, we're not ruling out the fact that the coming "big" news could have something to do with making classic Pokémon titles available for everyone. There are quite a few main-series Pokémon titles that could potentially become available in the 3DS eShop as Game Boy, Game Boy Color and(or) Game Boy Advance Virtual Console downloads.

Game Boy
  • Pokémon Red Version
  • Pokémon Blue Version
  • Pokémon Green Version (Japan only)
  • Pokémon Yellow Version
Game Boy Color
  • Pokémon Gold Version
  • Pokémon Silver Version
  • Pokémon Crystal Version
Game Boy Advance
  • Pokémon Ruby Version
  • Pokémon Sapphire Version
  • Pokémon FireRed Version
  • Pokémon LeafGreen Version
  • Pokémon Emerald Version
The only drawback we could possibly see with releasing classic Pokémon titles via 3DS Virtual Console, is that wireless connectivity would be a vital necessity. Without that, local trades and battles wouldn't be possible. It's very possible that feature could be built in with a remastered classic title, however. Even if this concept doesn't come to fruition during the January 8th Pokémon announcement, it's only a matter of time before it does. Speaking of time, it's just about tea time again. Have a great day, everyone!

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Comments: 3

I hoppe so mutch that they put old school Pokémon games in the E-schop.
Pokémon emorald here we come !
It would be nice for these games to be available for download on the eshop. It is not necessary for these games to include the ability to trade. Most of these games would be purchased for nostalgia purposes anyway.
I think it would be great to add them to the eshop...I never had the opportunity to play these games and think it would be great to play them and my son would love them.  I am sure they could find a way to make the trading possible though I do agree with Ben that it wouldn't really be necessary.  Most people would buy the games for memories sake and the rest for something to play.  I don't really think anyone would care much if they couldn't trade.