The 3DS and Wii U eShops will close next year, giving users a firm deadline to make new purchases on those platforms. This has unsurprisingly led to a flurry of new purchases as gamers grab games while they can, and top sellers have a surprising number of older, emulated Pokemon games from the Game Boy and Game Boy Color era. .
Current bestsellers on the US charts include Pokemon Yellow, Pokemon Crystal, and Pokemon Red. GVG’s Jon Cartwright notes that the UK charts also include Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Blue in the top ten. That’s a lot of Pokemon in the top 10, and notably, none of them are the native 3DS game Pokemon Sun and Moon. So what gives?
It seems the key comes down to these emulated Game Boy and Game Boy Color games supporting Pokemon Bank through the 3DS. Since there’s no way to transfer your monsters from GB or GBC to the Game Boy Advance, the chain of progression breaks there and you can’t continue importing them into the modern era. But if you go back and play those 3DS emulated versions, you can use Pokemon Bank and then keep your monsters with you in modern Pokemon games. This may be necessary to complete your Pokedex, or just to hang on to shinies or other special Pokemon from older generations.
Maintaining the Pokemon legacy has been a high priority for longtime fans of the series, and led to some controversy when Nintendo and Game Freak announced that Pokemon Sword and Shield would not include the full national dex. Nintendo no longer supports Pokemon Bank, instead focusing its storage efforts on subscription-based Pokemon Home. This can store all of your Pokemon across generations and should remain compatible with future Pokemon games – all dependent on which ones are included in such a game’s dex, of course.
The 3DS eShop will close in March 2023, but May 23, 2022 is the deadline for using credit cards to add funds, then August 29, 2022 is the deadline for adding funds using a card eShop. However, you will still be able to use funds from your Nintendo Account Wallet if you linked it to your old Nintendo Network ID. If you’re looking for more recommendations before the stores close, check out the 3DS and Wii U games you should buy.