Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow get physical release for Virtual Console in Japan

The announcement that Pok√©mon Red, Blue and Yellow would be coming to the Virtual Console shocked us all, it’s certainly something to look forward to next year.

Nintendo is taking the hype to the next level for the Japanese however with the games download codes getting special edition boxes at retail. Yes while in Australia we by our credit on dust covered cards that have been sitting in EB for three years the Japanese get the buy this one in style.

The ‘Download Code Special Editions’ include a download code for the game, stickers, a Game Boy cartridge shaped magnet, a map of Kanto and all come within a box that emulates the original packaging for Japan. It would be amazing if we could get something like this here in Australia to put on our shelves alongside our original boxes.

You’ve kept them for the last 20 years right?

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  • Burak H
    November 14, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Nintendo would be absolutely bats–t bonkers NOT to do this for the West as well. This would absolutely sell through the roof. Nintendo could charge a slight premium ($10? $20?), hell, I doubt the price would even matter as the masses will lap this up. I’m just disappointed that the West won’t be getting four versions. I wish that the original Pok√©mon Red/Green with all of that ugly sprite work would be localised for the West as “Pok√©mon Green”. The localised Pok√©mon Red/Blue as we know it is in fact the Japanese version of Pok√©mon Blue sold as two separate games (Blue version improved upon 1996’s original Red/Green with bug fixes and new sprites). I’ll be buying all 3 for my 3DS. Really looking forward to playing it all over again, and again, and again‚Ķ

  • Soeroah
    November 14, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    “It would be amazing if we could get something like this here in Australia to put on our shelves alongside our original boxes.

    You‚Äôve kept them for the last 20 years right?”

    Actually, yes. Yes I have.

    My main annoyance with digital games is a lack of boxes so if this comes to Aus I’ll be getting all versions.

  • Oliver Winfree
    November 14, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    I still have pokemon yellow but I think the battery save is probably kaput haha. I hope Nintendo celebrate 20 years of Pokemon properly and bring these out.

  • Joe
    November 27, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Aww man. I was really hoping we could get the physical version in PAL regions too.

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