‘Pokemon Crystal’ Releasing on the 3DS Virtual Console in January

As expected, Pokemon Crystal will release on the 3DS Virtual Console on January 26th!

Unlike the original game, the GS Ball / Celebi event in Ilex Forest will now be available in the main storyline.

Originally, Japanese versions could use a special cell phone accessory that hooked up your Gameboy Color to your cell phone connection, allowing players to battle and trade each other across Japan. It was an early version of using the Internet to connect Pokemon games. If you used this accessory, you could receive a GS Ball, take it to Kurt, and then take it to the shrine in Ilex Forest to encounter a Level 30 Celebi. The accessory was never released outside of Japan and the game wasn’t reprogrammed to make the event default. It seems they’ve rectified that problem 18 years later!

Europeans will be able to purchase a physical package from stores which comes with a download code. Japanese players will also be able to purchase a package that comes with a magnetized Pokemon Crystal cartridge, stickers, and a poster:

 

The re-release of this game probably means we’ll get a Suicune-GX soon. It is noticeably absent from the upcoming Legends of Johto GX Collection, which will release in April, so it may be released in an upcoming set.

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  1. Ecko9i6 Aspiring Trainer
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    Awesome! Can't wait to play the original version of the 2nd generation, especially since we'll be able to catch Celebi now :)
     
  2. TaichoBanana Aspiring Trainer
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    I hope we get a Frickin suicune GX!
     
  3. Tails The Blonde Brainiac
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    My favorite game from the first 3 Generations, and is still one of my favorite games ever. The first game I ever beat by myself; I'm going to have to fight the temptation to buy Crystal.

    I don't think that's going to be that easy... :p
     
  4. paulyd84 cooltrainerpaul
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    Ffs this would have been prime to stick on the switch - and a perfect point to start and transfer pokemon to its new home...

    Although my *stuff* compulsion is stoaked for a box for the shelf lol
     
  5. paulyd84 cooltrainerpaul
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    Promo in EU and USA box would be so so sweet, but very unlikely
     
  6. Mr_Lockehart Aspiring Trainer
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    Now let's bring the Virtual Console to the Switch! :D
     
  7. Skeleton Liar サーナ~
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    Now that's a better reason to buy a "physical copy." Something additional rather than just a digital code (and the box, I guess). The magnet looks nifty neat-o. If that's not released in NA, I might look into buying the Japanese version.
     
  8. MoFoTY86 Aspiring Trainer
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    Crystal was my favorite version of gen 2. Looking forward for January.
     
  9. Fiery_Lugia Professional Otaku/Liker of Shorts
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    Do the jp or eu download codes work on us 3ds systems? Is it like cartridges, where it’s region locked or is it not?
     
  10. fleshrum April in Kalos...
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    3DS? piss off.
     
  11. Green778 It's always darkest before the dawn...
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    Well... Let's hope for a good and playable GX Suicune! Though, how do you get celebi in the 3ds version??
     
  12. jessalakasam Floette is love Floette is life
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    region-locked :(
     
  13. Fiery_Lugia Professional Otaku/Liker of Shorts
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    Noooooooooooo! Thanks for the information though.
     
  14. ArcaneVoidDancer Aspiring Trainer
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    Learning from my experiences with the Gold and Silver 3DS physical releases, I'm going to just download the game from the store. The boxes were a great throwback to the days of using hard cardboard packaging but it's not worth the money. Unless you're a physical collector or you really want to hold the box then I would just download the game from the store. On the greater side... please release that Suicune GX card... please?
     
  15. GM DracLord Shadow of Death
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    I'm actually abit hype to play this game now...
    I actually never completed my original run for crystal. so this should be interesting
     
  16. Swampert Full Art Aspiring Trainer
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    Pokémon hates Suicune too much to make a GX
     
  17. ... Aspiring Trainer
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    everyone MUST have bought a switch, right?
     
  18. fleshrum April in Kalos...
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    Yeah, that's what I meant... 8/
     
  19. I was so excited for the re-release that I started playing it through again on YouTube haha!