In an interview with IGN, series producer Junichi Masuda has given hope to Pokemon fans waiting for remakes of older titles. Only the first three generations have been remade so far and were all praised for offering better visuals and updated features while staying true to the original.
I think the remakes, like Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen, is still an approach we’re interested in. —Masuda
FireRed and LeafGreen, remakes of the very first games in the series, were released for Game Boy Advance in 2004. Six years later, Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver arrived. The last two remakes, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, launched in 2014.
Masuda went on to discuss how services like Poke Transporter and Pokemon bank encouraged them to release the original version of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow on Virtual Console earlier this year. They quickly became the best-selling retro games on the 3DS digital store, suggesting that other entries might get the same treatment.
Instead, Masuda revealed they aren’t working on re-releasing other original titles for Virtual Console:
With the 20th anniversary, it was the right timing to release the original games. I think that we really want to give people the experience of bringing these Pokemon from the original Game Boy and seeing what they look like in Pokemon Sun and Moon. That is something that I want people to enjoy. —Masuda
Only time will tell if the Pokemon Company decides to offer more original titles on Virtual Console. For now, we’re sure their focus is on the anticipated release of the newest Pokemon games— Sun and Moon. Both land on store shelves and Nintendo’s digital store November 18th.
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