Remember the early days of the Wii when you used to have to stay up until 11pm on a Thursday night to find out what was coming to Virtual Console? Those days as Nintendo usually reveals the weekly downloads in advance on a Monday. The surprise element has gone but at least you no longer have to stay up late, only to discover that another Bonk game has been re-released.
Whenever we reveal the week's selection of downloads, at least one person is disappointed that another week has gone by without Pokemon Red or Blue being added to the 3DS eShop. I know there is a lot of love for the original 151 but is the desire to see the originals return driven by a need to play them again or pure nostalgia?
Not that nostalgia isn't a good enough reason to download old games. Playing Tetris and Super Mario Land took me back to the days when I used to have to pay my school friend 50p to play on his Game Boy on the school bus. Aside from a Donkey Kong Game & Watch, these were the first Nintendo games I ever played and it was fantastic to be able to play them again in short bursts.
Having said that, as I said in my Tetris review, after playing it for a short while, I did feel that I'd rather spend 90p more and play the more recent DSi version of the classic puzzler. I feel the same might be true of the Pokemon adventures.
While something like Super Mario Land 2 is still a classic platformer, Pokemon has moved on so much since the days of Red and Blue, I'm not sure I'd want to go back to Kanto for too long. The lack of Running Shoes would be enough to put me off - it's bad enough playing Black and White without them for the first two hours let alone a whole game. Although, having said that, you can get around faster once you have the bike.
No, the real reason why Red and Blue might not make for the best 3DS download is because you wouldn't be able to trade Pokemon. Pokemon Red and Blue were sold on the trading idea - the whole point of releasing two games on the same day was so you could trade with your friends to get the Pokemon that were exclusive to the other version. Without the Game Boy Link cable, you wouldn't be able to, as the original tag line puts it, catch 'em all.
As we all know, the multiplayer options for the Virtual Console releases such as Tetris and Balloon Kid don't work on 3DS so battles with friends would be out too.
So the best way to play Pokemon Red and Blue is to play the FireRed/LeafGreen remakes which were released on GBA in 2004. You can still play them on a DS Lite.
However, if Nintendo were to re-release a Pokemon game through the 3DS eShop, I wouldn't say no to Pokemon Puzzle Challenge.
How about you? Do you want Pokemon Red and Blue to be re-released through the eShop?