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Pokémon Crystal Arrives on Nintendo 3DS eShop in January

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Nintendo has announced the belated arrival of Pokémon Crystal to the Nintendo eShop on January 26, 2018. It will be available for the Nintendo 3DS for $9.99.

Unlike the Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby 3D remakes, Crystal is the original 2001 Game Boy Color game, ported to 3DS. It was the third game of the second generation of Pokémon titles, Gold and Silver. Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver were released earlier this year on the Nintendo eShop.

There’s no good reason why Nintendo would delay releasing Crystal by several months after Gold and Silver other than the obvious: they wanted you to purchase Gold/Silver first. The third game in a generation is generally considered the definitive edition.

Like Gold and Silver’s re-release, Crystal will feature online trading and battling, as well as compatibility with the Pokémon Bank app. The app allows you to trade Pokémon between games and generations. For example, you can capture Pokémon in Crystal and import them into the newly released Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Pokémon Crystal was the first game in the series to let you choose to play as either a boy or a girl. The fancy animated sprites also required the more advanced Game Boy Color over the Game Boy.

Pokémon Crystal will be available on the Nintendo eShop on January 26, 2018.

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Nintendo Switch Sells 10 Million Units

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Since launching earlier this year in March, the Nintendo Switch console has sold 10 million units sold worldwide, according to Nintendo’s internal sales figures.

“As you can see in people’s living rooms, on a plane or riding the subway, fans all over the world can enjoy playing Nintendo Switch wherever they go,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “The response from fans has been great, and we’re doing our very best to satisfy demand during the holiday shopping season.”

The Nintendo Switch features a unique combination of home console and portable handheld. The Joy-Con controllers can be operated as a traditional controller, used with the Switch as a handheld, or split apart for two local players.

Those are neat features, but the success of the Switch is mostly due to Nintendo’s incredible lineup of first year titles, beginning with the huge launch game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Other big Switch exclusives include Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. For the first time in years Nintendo has also secured third-party developers like Bethesda with DOOM and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, as well as a huge library of indie games.

The Switch’s success is a huge uptick compared to Nintendo’s previous console, the Wii U. In a little over four years of an active production cycle, the Wii U sold about 14 million copies total, a commercial failure. That was in stark contrast to the insane popularity of the Wii, which sold over 100 million units between 2007-2013 as Nintendo rode the brief but explosive motion control craze.

The Nintendo Switch is available for $299, and will be one of the hottest items this holiday season. See our Switch holiday guide for tips on games.