Pokemon Red, Blue, Yellow Nintendo 3DS release
Pokémon turns 20 on Saturday, Feb. 27, and Nintendo is celebrating by letting players relive the very first adventure to be the very best there ever was.
Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow are available now for digital download on the Nintendo 3DS. Jump back to the first Poké-adventure in the Kanto region, capturing the original pocket monsters, collecting the first eight gym badges, and taking on the original Elite Four.
To get around the lack of link cables available for the 3DS, Nintendo has altered the games to let players trade and battle wirelessly. The games will also take advantage of the online storage system the Pokémon bank, which allows players to store Pokémon remotely and retrieve them in other games. This function will let players eventually import the original Pokémon into the newly announced Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, set to release later this year.
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Pokémon’s 20th anniversary will be celebrated all year long, though. Pokken Tournament releases next month for the Wii U, Pokémon GO is expected on mobile devices later this year. And for more in honor of the franchise’s 20 years, check out EW’s ranking of the six Pokémon generations currently available as well as a ranking of the original 151 Pokémon.