Pokémon Crystal

Pokémon Crystal has been announced for 3DS Virtual Console to be released worldwide January 26th, 2018. In addition to wireless connectivity to fellow 3DS re-issues of Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, and Silver for trading (and the latter two for battling as well), they will also connect to Pokémon Bank and Transporter for Generation VII transfers.

Of special interest to this release is the incorporation of the GS Ball item, which allows players to obtain the Mythical Pokémon Celebi in-game with no add-ons or events.

The 2001 Game Boy Color classic completes the trilogy of Generation II Pokémon games, including Pokémon Gold and Silver re-released this past SeptemberPokémon Crystal introduced a few upgrades over the previous entries that carried on to the franchise’s future, including a female trainer avatar, the Battle Tower gauntlet, and (in Japan only via an adapter) online connectivity.

Pokémon Crystal

Digital pre-loads in Japan begin January 8th. The region will also have access to a limited edition retail package on January 26th that includes a download code, stickers, and a GBC cartridge magnet. That same day, Europe will get the Pikachu-themed New 2DS XL, with no North American release confirmed.


Alex Irish
When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise is Pokémon, full-stop, but his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4. He attended the first-ever IGN House Party and is a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.