Pokemon trainers, get ready to catch them all…again.
Nintendo has announced that on January 26th, Pokémon Crystal will be available for download from the Nintendo eShop for only $9.99 USD.
On the day it launches, Pokémon Crystal will also be compatible with Pokémon Bank, a paid service that lets players bring select pokémon from classic core games to the newest core games in the series. With the addition of Pokémon Crystal to this service, it is now possible for players to bring pokémon from all 29 core games in the series to Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon.
In this version of Pokémon Crystal, players will also have the chance to encounter the mythical pokémon Celebi in an event after completing the game. In the original Pokémon Crystal game, Celebi could only be obtained by using a special accessory.
Pokémon Crystal will take advantage of the wireless communication capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, allowing players to enjoy Link Trades and Link Battles with each other. With the Time Capsule feature, players can even trade and battle pokémon from Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, which are all also available in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
Launched in Japan 17 years ago, Pokémon Crystal introduced many new elements to the pokémon franchise including allowing players to choose between a boy or girl playable character, as well as being the first game to introduce animations during pokémon battles.