Pokemon fans can keep themselves entertained until the release of Pokemon Sun and Moon with these three classic titles coming soon to the Wii U Virtual Console.

If you’re like us and can’t stand the wait until Pokemon Sun and Moon release, here’s some news that should help tide you over until the November release date.

According to Nintendo, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team, Blue Rescue Team, and Explorers of Sky will be launching on the Wii U Virtual Console this week. The spin-off Pokemon games were originally released on Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS devices but will now be available on the current-gen console, beginning June 23.

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The Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series features a human protagonist who has been turned into a Pokemon and, with the help of a new friend, forms a rescue team service. Unlike the main series titles, the Rescue Team games utilize a dungeon crawling combat system, without the use of trainers. Fellow Pokemon can be recruited to join the player’s team, rather than caught in Pokeballs.

Explorers of Sky, the latest release of the three games, is an enhanced version of the Explorers of Darkness/Explorers of Time games. The title provides players with several additional playable Pokemon, as well as additional dungeons that were not available in the base games.

These aren’t the first old Pokemon games that have been made available to fans in recent times, with Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow all now available on the Virtual Console already. Pokemaniacs can also pick up the physical release of freemium title Pokemon Rumble World for 3DS, a game that will give those who purchase a lump sum of premium currency as an incentive to pay for the otherwise free-to-play game.

Another Pokemon title that should see a release before Sun and Moon arrive on the 3DS is Pokemon GO. Yesterday, an error message prompted widespread hype that the virtual reality game would be releasing soon but many fans have stated that the message was a common error for Pokemon GO beta testers.

Although the Rescue Team games are spin-offs and haven’t made the list, we’ve also ranked our favorite main series Pokemon titles into a list for fans of the games to no doubt argue with as they see fit. The Rescue Team titles didn’t receive nearly as high reviews as the main titles usually do, though they’re certainly still worth a go for fans of the franchise.

Will you be picking up a Pokemon Rescue Team game this Thursday Ranters? Leave a comment and let us know.