– [JAMES] They’re finally here… again. For the 3rd time. And I’m excited. Pokémon Gold, Silver, and not Crystal, have been released for the 3DS Virtual Console and I’m excited! And is this Pokémon Gold and Silver as you remembered them? Well, yeah, for the most part. And we’re going to be going over whether these are worth buying again definitively in today’s video! Welcome to Stuff We Play, your source for everything weird and retro, and on today’s video we’re talking about something retro that’s being re-released that I’m very excited for. Pokémon Gold and Silver for the 3DS Virtual Console. More specifically Silver Version, because Silver was my first foray into the world of Johto and I felt it was only right for that to be the version that I get. I dunno, I’ll probably get Gold at some point. So this review here is not going to be going over the games themselves, as I already think Pokémon Gold and Silver on their own are definitely worth your time. If you really want to hear my opinions on those, along with those of some friends of mine, we did an entire 46 minute long retrospective on the 2nd Generation of Pokémon. This video is specifically for the recently released of Pokémon Gold and Silver and whether they’re worth it. And some of you are also wondering: didn’t you do a video on that as well? Yes, but that was right after the games were announced. The ports of these games. These games have actually been out for nearly 20 years at this point. What does Pokémon Gold and Silver for the 3DS add? Not really a lot! I mean, first off you just have the added bonus of due to them being on a 3DS, you don’t have to worry about your save battery dying and losing all of your progress. Furthermore, because obviously this is the 3DS and you have no need for a link cable, or rather, there’s no possible way to use a link cable, these games, much like the ports of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, have wireless trading and battling enabled which is great and it’s faster and better than ever before. Along with that, these games have compatibility with Pokémon Bank. This means that any Pokémon you catch in Pokémon Gold and Silver for 3DS you can directly transfer them up to the Generation 7 Pokémon games, which are of course Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon. I tried to find some crap that wasn’t game specific. Y’know, only specific to these releases, and I only have 3 main gripes about these released of Pokémon Gold and Silver and we’re going to go over those now. With the release of these games, Nintendo is giving you a free Celebi for use in Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, which is great! That’s awesome! It’s an homage to the Celebi event from back in Gen 2. My only problem with this event is I wish it was the actual Gen 2 Celebi event. Now if I remember correctly, that event involving the GS Ball and whatnot was never utilized in the Western releases of the games but all the coding and stuff was still there so, I dunno, it’s a minor gripe – a very minor gripe. It’s still cool that you’re actually getting a Celebi. It’s just a shame that to truly complete the PokéDex you need to somehow perform a glitch to get that one specific Pokémon. Speaking of things that have been left out, let’s talk about the most major omission, which is Pokémon Crystal. I know a lot of people said “Well, I would only buy Crystal and I wouldn’t buy Gold and Silver.” Yeah, well a lot of people were the same way with Yellow and they released that. Now, I did make an entire video talking about why I think Nintendo isn’t bringing Crystal out and I got a lot of really good comments on that and one that stuck out to me was one talking about how maybe because the Japanese version had some major differences between the North American and European versions with the main one being that it could go online using a mobile phone adapter, whoever was in charge of these games, Game Freak or I don’t know, just didn’t want to be bothered to, y’know, work something out with that. Do we retranslate the Japanese version and enable online battling and trading or do we translate the Western releases into Japanese and take those features out? Or do we just put a direct ROM on there and just y’know, whenever they try to go and use any of the mobile features in Japan it gives them an error? Who knows. That’s probably why, but, it’s still kind of a crappy reason because I dunno, these are 20 year old games. Nintendo could have figured something out. C’mon, Crystal is by far the best version of the Gen 2 games! And finally, the 3rd and final gripe isn’t so much something with these releases themselves but more a specific version of these releases: the physical release. That’s right! Pokémon Gold and Silver are getting released physically again and don’t get your hopes up. It’s literally a cardboard box with a download code. What a waste of freakin’ money! But besides that, these games are definitely worth your time. They’ve aged remarkably well in my opinion, I mean they definitely have their faults and we go over those in the aforementioned retrospective and as long as you aren’t considering buying the physical release of Pokémon Gold and Silver for 3DS, definitely buy them. Definitely buy the eShop versions. It’s definitely worth it. It’s fun to go through the Johto region again and to just relive those memories or, if you’ve never played them, this is a great place to start. I still think that Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver for the DS are much better versions of the Gen 2 games but those are now $60+ for the cartridge only and honestly for $10 for a version of the original releases that’s directly compatible with the modern games, then if you’ve never played Pokémon Gold or Silver then this is definitely the way to go! I’m excited for these games and I’m really nostalgic for them and I’m sure a lot of y’all are too, so please leave your Johto Memories down in the comment section below and while you’re at it, why don’t you subscribe to Stuff We Play for more great content like this? So with that, thank you very much for watching, stay classy, and I will see you… nex time.