As Pokémon is getting ready to turn 20 years old, fans are getting more and more excited about the new franchise items that have been announced. After a new trailer for the highly anticipated Pokkén Tournament game came out, as well as after the announcement of a new controller for the Wii U designed specifically for that game, Nintendo announces 4 Pokémon-themed 2DS consoles.
- The 2DS was launched after people complained about the 3DS’ stereoscopic 3D
- The console offers both wireless and multiplayer capabilities
- It was designed with ease of travel in mind
- Strangely, it has a shorter battery life than its 3D capable older brother
Seeing as February 27th is the day when Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue turn 20, Nintendo decided to do something special for the occasion.
So, new 2DS consoles will be available for purchase starting with that date, but they will bring more to the table than just the reskinned older consoles.
But let’s talk about the Nintendo 2DSs first.
The portable gaming systems will come in three colors, to honor the first Pokémon games. They will come in Red, Green, Blue and Yellow, paying tribute to the first starters, as well as to Pikachu, for whom Pokemon Yellow was initially created.
Now, let us talk about the extra features that will be brought by the new consoles.
Right off the bat, the portable gaming systems will come with their respective games already installed, allowing players to dive right into their new (old, actually) Pokémon adventure.
Second of all, the consoles will come with themed home menus and stickers, as well as with the game’s region map as a poster.
For more advanced Pokémon players, the download code that will come with the 2DS console will be usable in order to get a Mew pretty early in the game. But that’s not all, as the code will also be available for other Pokémon titles, like Alpha Sapphire, Omega Ruby, and even X and Y.
However, nobody mentioned if the code will be available for only one game, or if it can be used to unlock Mew on multiple platforms.
The original Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow games will also become available for purchase starting February 27th, with one small difference – trading will be performed on-line instead of via a link cable.
The consoles can already be pre-ordered in Japan, and even though the same models can be found for the Blue and Red versions outside of Japan, they will not come with the installed game, or any other extra features.
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