Release Pokemon Emerald and FireRed/LeafGreen on 3DS eShop

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With the release of the generation 2 Pokemon games on Nintendo 3DS eShop, the system only has one generation of Pokemon games left unplayable - generation 3. The Game Boy Advance games Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen are not currently accessible on modern consoles, and the eShop can remedy this. As Ruby and Sapphire already have remakes, they can be forgone in favor of Pokemon Emerald, which has features not present in R/S or their remakes, such as the Battle Frontier.

You may ask, if Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow are on eShop already, and Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire exist, why bring these games to the eShop? Well, why are Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal on 3DS eShop with HeartGold and SoulSilver out? Simple: Nostalgia! And for some, the simple reason is that they never got to experience these games growing up, and would like to enjoy the them now without seeking out used systems and games. Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen also bring new experiences not available elsewhere, such as Hoenn’s Battle Frontier, and the Sevii Islands, only featured in FrLg. 

“Aren’t there technical limitations?” 

No, not really. The 3DS is made to play DS games, which in turn, allows it to play GBA games, though it is simulated more than actually emulated, so features like save states, sleep mode, and etc. are a no-go if this becomes a reality. Think the GBA Ambassador games. 

This petition is for Nintendo and Game Freak to release Pokemon Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen on the 3DS eShop, despite their stance on not releasing GBA games on the 3DS.  With these releases, the 3DS will be THE system to go to for all core Pokemon games before the move to Nintendo Switch. 

Also, in light of Pokemon Crystal for 3DS offering the Celebi event overseas for the first time, items such as the Old Sea Map, and the Aurora, Eon, and Mystic Tickets would be a request to be added into the digital versions of the game, thereby making Mew a non-event Pokemon at last!

Compatibility with Pokemon Tranporter and Bank are also a request! ^^

Help us traverse the good ol GBA games and explore the Sevii Islands all over again!



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