Pokémon Red & Blue won’t be released on Virtual Console anytime soon


Game Freak has responded to an interesting question at this year’s E3 which has been playing on the minds of Nintendo fans for a while now. Will Pokémon Red and Blue ever be released on the Virtual Console? Sadly – not anytime soon.

According to Game Freak, the company has always been very careful when considering the possibility of Virtual Console Pokémon games.

[quote]“We’re always very careful — we believe that Pokémon is best on a handheld…if we were to put it on virtual console, on the home console, what would you do with the Pokémon you caught? It would be kind of stuck, was one of the concerns we’ve had.”[/quote]

Whilst this response doesn’t completely make sense given the fact Game Freak could just release the games on the 3DS Virtual Console, it does confirm the company is hesitant about digitalising their classic Pokémon games, and not particularly fussed releasing them on Nintendo’s home console – the Wii U.

So what do you make of Game Freak’s response to the question? Did they make it up on the spot, or has it been misunderstood? Why would they use the Wii U as an excuse when the 3DS has a perfectly good Virtual Console for Game Boy titles? Leave your thoughts below.

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Liam Doolan
I’ve been writing about video games since 2006 and playing them since I was a kid. I started out with a copy of Mario & Yoshi on the Game Boy and before I knew it was in debt to Tom Nook. These days I spend much of my time trawling the eShop for the latest downloadable hit.
  • MysticLegacy
    June 13, 2013 at 8:13 am

    It would be great to see them released on the 3DS VC – The first 3 generations (since Gen 4 onwards can be played on the 3DS). Maybe fix some bugs that were in those games, add multiplayer functionality between VC Pokemon games…

  • Demma10
    June 13, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    It might have to do with the fact that the 3DS virtual console doesn’t yet allow you to play Gameboy games two player, it currently doesn’t emulate the game link cable.

    Hopefully Nintendo will fix the 3DS virtual console to allow Gameboy games to be played two-player. Maybe then Game Freak will consider releasing Pokemon on virtual console.

  • mikeeeey
    June 13, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I don’t see why this would be so hard.. The wireless can act as a link cable just like with any DS/3DS game now. This is one game that countless games will buy on the 3DS so I don’t understand why Game Freak AND Nintendo can be so hesitant. I thought they liked money!

  • morpha
    June 22, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Liam wrecks towns in Animal Crossing. Basically: hes an asshole.

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