Several months ago during a Nintendo Direct presentation dedicated entirely to Pocket Monster news, it was confirmed that Pokemon Gold and Silver were slated for a Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console release. Now, with the classic RPG’s launch on the handheld device imminent, the Big N has decided to celebrate the occasion by putting out a brand new launch trailer for the games that is packed to the brim with nostalgia.
As seen below in the launch trailer for Pokemon Gold and Silver, fans are reintroduced to the notion of taking on the role of a trainer in the Johto region, with the popular RPG titles allowing players to choose from the three different starters of Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile. While the games’ iconic soundtrack plays in the video, the trailer lays out that trainers are to set out and explore the Johto region, face off with Team Rocket, collect badges, and eventually defeat the Elite Four.
The above launch trailer for Pokemon Gold and Silver on the Virtual Console also reminds players of the ability to battle and trade their collection of Pocket Monsters with friends. However, link cables won’t be required this time around, as fans will be able to do so wirelessly with the Nintendo 2DS and 3DS portable consoles. This way, the Legendary Lugia and Ho-Oh can literally fly from handheld to handheld should players wish to trade them with one another.
Interestingly enough, while Pokemon Gold and Silver can both be obtained through the Nintendo 2DS and 3DS Virtual Console, fans can also buy a physical iteration of the 3DS version should they desire to do so. However, rather than re-release the titles with an actual game cartridge, the Big N opted to simply put out boxes with download codes inside, which somewhat defeats the purpose of putting out a tangible product.
All things considered, it’s great to see Pokemon Gold and Silver being re-released for long-time fans and getting introduced to newcomers for the first time, especially since the titles brought about a number of game-changing features to the series such as gendered Pokemon, a day and night cycle, the Steel and Dark types, and much more. Plus, with Pokemon Gold and Silver being compatible with the Pokemon Bank, fans will be able to transfer their favorite creatures from the titles into releases such as Sun and Moon, which ought to make for a fun and fluid experience.
Pokemon Gold and Silver release on September 22, 2017 through the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS.
Source: Nintendo UK – YouTube