To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Pokémon games, Nintendo will re-release the titles that started it all early next year.
During Thursday’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced that the Red, Blue, and Yellow versions of Pokémon, which debuted in Japan on Feb. 26, 1996 and in America on Sept. 28, 1998, will be re-released for the Nintendo 3DS on Feb. 27, 2016. The games will be available through the Nintendo eShop and allow players to relive the classic, original adventures (and the special Yellow edition that put Pikachu front and center). Nintendo is striving to retain what made those games so beloved to deliver as authentic an experience as possible, but one key element is missing — 3DS systems can’t use link cables.
Yes, the link cables that allowed players to battle and trade are long gone, but Nintendo will still allow players to use that functionality wireless between 3DSes.
Prepare to be the very best like no one ever was yet again by watching the reveal below. And consider it a refresher course before Pokémon Go hits mobile devices next year.