When it launched in Japan 17 years ago, Pokémon Crystal introduced many new and exciting elements to the Pokémon franchise. An expanded version of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, it was the first Pokémon game to allow players to choose between a male or female playable character, as well as being the first game to introduce animations during Pokémon battles. Pokémon Crystal is now coming to Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS family systemson 26th January 2018, with a limited packaged version also coming to retail on the same day*.
On the day it launches, Pokémon Crystal will also be compatible with Pokémon Bank, a paid service that lets players transfer select Pokémon from classic Pokémon games to the newest games in the series. With the addition of Pokémon Crystal to this service, it is now possible for players to bring Pokémon from all core games in the series to Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon.
In this version of Pokémon Crystal, players will also have the chance to encounter the mythical Pokémon Celebi in an event after completing the game. In the original version of Pokémon Crystal, Celebi could only be obtained by using a special accessory.
As with the Nintendo eShop editions of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, Pokémon Crystal will take advantage of the wireless communication capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, allowing players to enjoy Link Trades and Link Battles with each other. With the Time Capsule feature, players can even trade and battle Pokémon from Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, which are also available on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.
Fans will have the option to play their favourite compatible Pokémon games on a New Nintendo 2DS XL resembling the iconic Pokémon Pikachu, as the New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition will also be released in Europe on 26th January 2018. The system comes with a 4GB microSDHC memory card and a Nintendo 3DS AC adapter included in the box.**