Nintendo and the Pokemon Group have re-released two classic Pokemon games from the yesteryear of previous generations, for gamers rocking a Nintendo 3DS. You can pick up the two new versions of Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver right now from over on the Nintendo eShop, where the games are available as a digital download.
According to a press release rolled out by Nintendo, you can grab Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver right now from over on the Nintendo eShop for only $9.99 each. The re-release of the classic games are based on the original games that came out way back in 1999... yes the two titles are almost approaching the 20 year mark. They were some of the last of the Pokemon games that were released for the Game Boy Color before Nintendo began focusing on the Game Boy Advanced.
In fact, Game Freak's own developers were extremely worried about moving over to the Game Boy Advanced with Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire because of fears of failure and not being able to top the interest or entertainment values from the previous games. However, Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire still managed to sell quite decently on the Game Boy Advance, even though the Pokemon series in general had been waning in the wake of the hugely popular return of Star Wars with Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Nevertheless, over the years Game Freak and the Pokemon Company managed to restore the luster to the brand and then took things a step further with Pokemon Go, when the game ended up making the brand a global phenomenon... again!
In the meantime, Game Freak has been continuing to roll out one success after another, and the team is currently working on a large-scale role-playing game for the Nintendo Switch that's due out either in 2018 or 2019.
However, before gamers get that far ahead, it's possible to catch up on the series with the Nintendo 3DS version of Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver. The games introduced the day and night cycle, along with Pokemon Eggs, two new types in the form of Steel and Dark, and a few new Legendaries.
The new Johto region also opened up an all new area to explore and new tournaments to complete. It's even noted that the Johto region has played a significant part in games like Pokken Tournament DX for the Wii U and Nintendo Switch.
Now, keep in mind that the re-release of Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver are simply that: re-releases. The games have not been overhauled with all new HD visuals, or remade with 3D graphics. They're still the classic games that they were back when they came out back in 1999, just now made available and compatible for those with a Nintendo 3DS.
I'm sure a lot of fans would love it if these Virtual Console games were made available for the Nintendo Switch, but I imagine Nintendo is still hard at work on that option. In the meantime you can pick up a digital copy of the classic Game Boy Advance games by heading on over to the Nintendo eShop.