Earlier this summer it was revealed that Pokémon Gold and Silver would be coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop as Virtual Console titles this September. In a surprising turn of events, Nintendo of Europe confirmed that physical boxes of the re releases will also be available in retail establishments.
Despite missteps with Pokemon GO, the popularity of the pocket monsters is at an all-time high with excitement even spilling over into Ark: Survival Evolved. Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire all sold over 3.1 million units within nine months and Gold/Silver are certainly going to move units in a big way this September.
The original games had link-cable-only features like battles and trades that will translate to the wireless functions of the 3DS and they’ll also have Pokemon Bank and Time Capsule functionality. While there will be a physical box for those that collect, there will be a digital code inside in place of the usual cartridge.
While this is a great moment for Pokemon fans, the real heavy-hitter is still over the horizon. Whenever Nintendo decides to bring the series to the Nintendo Switch, it is all but guaranteed to move consoles. We do know that they’re working on a game, at least, so stay tuned for more information.