Pokemon Gold and Silver for Nintendo 3DS via the Virtual Console
Classic Nintendo titles Pokemon Gold and Silver have been announced for release on the Nintendo 3DS.
They will be launched as Virtual Console titles on September 22.
The news was confirmed today during a short Nintendo Pokemon Direct event, which also revealed that the Nintendo Switch will be getting a version of Pokken Tournament.
Pokken Tournament DX also has a September 22 release date and features five additional characters, including Decidueye, Litten and Popplio.
Back to Pokemon Gold and Silver, Nintendo have confirmed that they will look just like the original GBC versions and will be compatible with a list of existing 3DS features.
"These games, which debuted as Game Boy Color-titles in Japan, are being recreated into Virtual Console versions such that their screens appear just as they did on the Game Boy Color," reads a Nintendo statement.
"Both titles will be compatible with the wireless communication features of the Nintendo 3DS and Trainers can look forward to Link Trades and Link Battles between Virtual Console versions of Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver."
It also includes the Time Capsule function, which allows players to Link Trade Pokemon between the Virtual Console versions of other Pokemon games.
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Likewise, both titles will be compatible with Pokemon Bank.
"In addition, these titles will also be compatible with the Time Capsule function, which allows players to Link Trade Pokémon between Pokémon Gold or Pokémon Silver and Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, or Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition in Pokémon Centers within the games, as long as the species of Pokémon appeared in Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, or Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition as well.
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"Have the Pokémon that worked so hard for you in Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition keep battling by your side in Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver.
"These titles have also been slated to be compatible with Pokémon Bank, just as the Virtual Console versions of Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition are.
"Through Pokémon Bank, you can bring the Pokémon that you catch in the Virtual Console editions of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver to Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon as well, which were announced today to be released on November 17, 2017.
"Look forward to future releases with more updates about when this compatibility can be expected and other details."
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The Pokemon Direct event confirmed on a big scale that Nintendo are backing up their promises of continuing to support the 3DS handheld.
Many thought the Nintendo Switch would cannibalise the existing handheld market, meaning a steep drop in 3DS support.
However, Nintendo have always maintained that they've wanted to avoid doing this and have actually released new hardware support for their DS range.
The new Nintendo 2DS XL is further evidence of Nintendo’s plans to try and run both consoles side-by-side, although Switch fans will still remain envious of a few existing 3DS features.
A Virtual Console is in the works for the Nintendo Switch, however there has been no new word on when it will be released.
Fears were raised that it could scrapped to make way for the new Nintendo Switch Online subscription service, which is also set to include complimentary classic titles.
However, Nintendo have confirmed that the Virtual Console is still in the works; fans are hoping more will be revealed during E3 2017.