As I’m sure you probably already know, Nintendo has released the original trio of PokÃ©mon RPGs on the 3DS Virtual Console, as part of the PokÃ©mon 20th anniversary.Â This is, of course, a huge deal for PokÃ©mon fans (myself included) since it’s something we’ve been clamoring for. So, now that ports of Red, Blue, and Yellow are available on new hardware, you’re probably wondering whether they’re worth downloading.Well, I’m happy to report that these VC titlesÂ are definitely worth your time. So grab your Squirtle Squad shades as I explain why you should once again return to the Kanto region.The most obvious reason anyone would want to replayÂ any of these games is for the nostalgic trip, but there are more significantÂ reasons why you shouldÂ splurge on at least one of these gems without feeling too bad. First, they’re only $9.99 each–which is a great deal considering that these are some of the best RPGs ever made. For those that haven’t played them before, each game includes at least 15 hours of gameplay, which is plenty of content for the amount of clamsÂ you’re shelling out. Plus, there’s the fact that you’ll be playing it on the Nintendo 3DS.Â Being able to play them on new hardware is a lot more convenient than having to lug around a Game Boy/Game Boy Color. Since they’re also straight ports, the gameplay that made so many fall in love with the series is still intact. Sure, some of theÂ menu system feels outdated (shuffling through items is a headache), but the meat of the gameplay has aged like fine PokÃ©whine.The eShop releases also have several visual options available to fit theÂ 3DS screen. The standard optionÂ makes the action a bit larger to fit the height of the handheld’s screenÂ while not distorting the resolution too much. If you’re more about getting the full authenticÂ experience, you can switch to the original resolution. It will, unfortunately, look a bit too small, but it does include a Game Boy/Color boarder, which gives it more of that vintageÂ feel. There’s also an option to change the tint of the screen to green on Red/Blue, so really, you can play these titlesÂ your way.That’s not all though, wirelessly trading and battling with local friends is incredibly simple and only a couple of button presses away. Gone are the days of needing that pesky link cable to move around first generation monsters. Hopefully online trades are also eventually introducedÂ to the package, though that seems highly unlikely.I’ve also confirmed that the abundant glitches present in the original releases are still included in these versions. That means Rare Candies and Master Balls galore. Even Mew is catchable if you know how to break the game a bit–which still happens to be loads of fun.One of theÂ downsides to these ports is that one of our favoriteÂ features from the Virtual Console, Restore Points, are disabled.Â This means you won’t be able to save at any point you’d like, which is something all theÂ other Virtual Console games allow. It’s a precautionary measure by Nintendo to prevent players fromÂ finding aÂ way of duplicatingÂ PokÃ©mon. It makes sense to exclude this tool, but it’s still a bummer.Now, there’s also a practical reason to nab one of these bad boys– you’ll be able to transfer pocket monsters from these versionsÂ to PokÃ©mon Sun and Moon using the PokÃ©mon Bank. It’s a great wayÂ of getting a leg up on catching ’em all whenÂ the newest installments launch.But, unfortunately, the Bank functionality doesn’t extend any furtherÂ than that. It’sÂ odd that you can’t use the appÂ to transport your monstersÂ between Red/Blue/Yellow on one 3DS. Each game has its own exclusive PokÃ©mon, so it would have been great to buy all three versions and move theÂ exclusive critters between games on the same hardware. Alas, you’ll just have to find a couple of friends willing to trade with you in order to complete the PokÃ©dex.Now, to discuss which of the three you should buy (if you’re not down to spend the $30 required to download all three).Â If we take nostalgia out of the equation (PokÃ©mon Red will always be my favorite), Yellow is definitely the way to go. Other thanÂ including the surfing Pikachu mini-game (yes, the electric rat canÂ hit the waves), it’s the only one that actually acknowledges the anime. You’re also able to get all three starter PokÃ©mon without having to trade with friends. There’s even more color in this version. The Special Pikachu EditionÂ gives you the most shockÂ for your buck.These titles are definitely worth purchasing and not just for a walk down nostalgia lane. These are great ports, with enough included to make any one of them a worthwhile purchase for both new and established fans. You can’t beat the $10 price tag.Craving more PokÃ©mon? Don’t forget to check the rest of our coverage!Â Did you guys buy any of these games? Did you buy all three? Whats your experience been like so far? Let us know in the comments below![brightcoveÂ video_id=”4770705305001″Â brightcove_account_id=”3653334524001″Â brightcove_player_id=”2bfa565b-5412-4cfd-9211-6269880b8a5e”]–Featured Image Credit: bureikaÂ All other Images Credited to:Â Nintendo, Game FreakÂ
Are POKÉMON RED/ BLUE/ YELLOW Worth Repurchasing on the 3DS?
by Edwin Garcia
Feb 29 2016 • 6:30 PM