It’s hard to imagine a world where Pokemon doesn’t exist. But 20 years ago, we were all living in that world. Pokemon made its debut on February 27, 1996. With such a big anniversary, Nintendo has a few surprises up their sleeve for everyone.
First, we’ve actually known for a little while that Nintendo will be releasing the Red, Blue, and Yellow versions of the original Pokemon game on the 27th. They will be released on the eShop, and while Nintendo hasn’t given an official price, Amazon has listed them as $9.99 each. The good news is that you won’t need a link cable for trading with your friends. You’ll finally be able to wirelessly trade Pokemon from the original games.
The big news today is that there will be a special edition Pokemon 3DS to commemorate the occasion. It will come with two different faceplates, which you can use to show off which kind of Pokemon player you are: Red or Blue. The faceplates feature artwork from the original game, showing Blastoise for Blue, and Charizard for Red.
In addition to the sweet cover plates, you’ll also find both Red and Blue versions of the game pre-installed on the 3DS, so you won’t have to worry about picking up a copy of either. No word on pricing for the 3DS, but it will also go on sale February 29.