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The 3DS eShop releases of Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow will be receiving yet another feature to bring it in line with the franchise’s more recent installments.

During today’s Pokémon-focused Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that all three games will have access to Pokémon Bank, a Pokémon storage and management app available on the 3DS.


The Direct mentions that players who own a copy of one of the eShop titles will be able to use the service to transfer Pokémon they’ve caught to upcoming games Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.

As discussed in the Direct, when Pokémon Ruby Version and Pokémon Sapphire Version released in 2002, creatures from older games were unable to be transferred or traded over due to technical limitations.

Now, in addition to the newly integrated wireless trade and battle feature, Pokémon caught in these first generation games will be able to be easily migrated to newer titles.

How developers have worked around significant differences in character stat systems between the older and newer games remains to be seen.

Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version and Pokémon Yellow Version hit the Nintendo 3DS eShop tomorrow, February 27th.

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