Monday, July 7, 2014

Pokémon Trading Card Game coming to the 3DS Virtual Console

The Pokémon Trading Card Game for Gameboy Color will be released on the Virtual Console in Europe on July 10th, with other regions likely getting it afterwards. This game contains virtual cards from the Base, Jungle, and Fossil sets as well as promos that were distributed during that time period. The game also contains some game exclusive virtual cards. This marks the first pokémon game to be distributed on Virtual Console. Not only that, but personally I find it the oddest choice. Although the game was popular, there are many more popular options (such as Red and Blue). Sure, one could argue that FireRed and LeafGreen being remakes would make it pointless to have Red and Blue on Virtual Console, however the TCG game can be played online currently for free on pokemon.com. Granted, you can't use the old cards, but still. My guess is this is meant to be aimed at nostalgic players of the TCG you have fallen out of the game since the original sets, many who are now in their late 20's.

The game was originally released in 2000 in the US. The point of the game was to collect virtual cards to build a deck and defeat 8 "Club Masters" the same way you defeat 8 Gym Leaders in the main series games. My suggestion is if you want to relive the awe-inspiring moment of pulling a Base Set Charizard, you'll likely want to get this. If not, then this might not be the game for you. I still have my copy and my Game Boy Color, so I'll just be nostalgic that way and still keep my fingers crossed for Red and Blue. I'd love to be able to play those games and actually save my progress.