As an early Christmas present for Pokemon fans, today Nintendo announced that Pokemon Crystal Version, the expanded version of the 2nd Generation of Pokemon games, will be available on the Nintendo eShop for the 2/3DS from 26th January 2018. Crystal was the first Pokemon version to allow the player to choose to play as either a boy or a girl, as well as the first version to introduce battle animations, the first to include a Battle Tower and a Move Tutor, and the first to fully incorporate Legendary Pokemon into the plot of the game–up until Crystal, no Pokemon had ever been referenced in dialogue more than once.

The re-release will be an expanded version of the original Crystal, which launched in Japan 17 years ago. In addition to all the features in the original game, the 3DS version will also include Celebi which can be obtained post-game (in the original, Celebi was event exclusive with the GS Ball), and wireless Trades and Battles made possible by the 3DS’ wireless communication ability. Players can also trade and battle with Pokemon from Red, Blue, and Yellow, which were re-released on the 3DS last year.

Pokemon Crystal will also be compatible with Pokemon Bank on launch day, allowing players to transfer Pokemon to the newest games in the series. With this re-release, it is now possible to bring Pokemon from every single core game in the Pokemon franchise over to Sun & Moon.

Maybe this was the reason for the NPC in Sun / Moon talking about the GS Ball–the first time it’s been brought up in any official Pokemon content since 2000? In any case, this time Crystal won’t have the internal battery issues that affected the Game Boy versions of Gen II.

Pikachu Edition 2DS

A day after release of Crystal on 2/3DS, there will also be a new New Nintendo 2DS XL in a Pikachu outfit, which won’t be bundled with Crystal.

Pokemon Crystal Version will be available on the Nintendo eShop for the 3DS family of systems for AU$13 on January 26th 2018. The Pikachu Edition New Nintendo 3DS will be available from selected retailers for an RRP of $219 on January 27th 2018.

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