The original Pokémon games are coming to the 3DS

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You might not remember it, but Pokémon had a MASSIVE impact when it was first launched. The late 1990s were all about pocket monsters when Pokémon Red and Blue debuted, with kids being slapped by a ludicrous amount of moichedisin’ that they were hungry for.

Movies, chip packet bonuses, clothes, a TV series about being the freakin’ best. Pokémon was unstoppable, much to the detriment of parents who wondered why the main character looked like he had been in a car accident. And that was almost 20 years ago.

And when you look back at the purest of Pokémon games, they look downright savage in comparison to the 3D spectacles that we have today. The core gameplay is still the same, as the first games introduced the formula of hyper-quick battles with an RPG system. Classic, fantastic stuff.

And now the originals are coming home to the 3DS. Here’s the debut trailer with that catchy music ripped straight from the Gameboy:

1998 returns next year February 27, when Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow hits the 3DS virtual console. Pokémon Yellow was also a great game in the series. Capitalising on the buzz around the Pokémon TV series, it retooled the original games to be more in line with the cartoon and sported brighter features. It also gave players their very own Pikachu companion, who followed theme everywhere outside of his pokeball because Pikachu don’t play that way yo.

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Nintendo says that you won’t need a Game Boy Link cable to trade Pokémon either, as you’ll be able to do so with the wi-fi. There’s no real impetus to play these games outside of the nostalgia factor, but dammit I don’t care. I just want to catch MissingNo again.

Last Updated: November 13, 2015

Darryn Bonthuys

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  • WitWolfy

    Yay…?

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I don’t remember the late 90s. I know there was alcohol, then some more, and maybe some more after that.

    • HvR

      I remember a local Chinese supermarket selling pineapple flavoured “sake” for R12.50 and they didn’t check for ID….. do not remember a lot after that.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I worked for a liquor company back then, Wellington brandy had just been released and was going for around R20 a bottle. At Springfields you paid R2 for a shooter on Monday nights.

  • Hammersteyn

    dat header, must’ve taken a lot of work XD

    • WitWolfy

      It’s a lazy Friday…

  • HvR
    • Those discs were magic, and they smelt like cheese & onion chips 😀

  • I am a big Pokemon fan, and to be honest this really does not get me hyped in the slightest. I have played all 3 the originals and the nostalgia glasses are going to hurt on a 3DS 😛

    • WitWolfy

      I cant believe there is actually people who still want to pay for this.. For vark steaks any android gameboy emulator can play this game! FOR FREE!

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