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The Virtual Console (Japanese: バーチャルコンソール Virtual Console) is a service for the Nintendo 3DS, Wii and Wii U that allows players to purchase games originally released on old consoles and play them on official Virtual Console emulators on newer systems. Virtual Console titles are purchased from the Wii Shop Channel (for the Wii) or the Nintendo eShop (for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U).
On Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, the Virtual Console menu allows the player to create a single Restore Point for each game at any time. A Restore Point can be instantly created or returned to at any time. Uniquely, Pokémon Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Gold and Silver cannot use this feature.
Games from the Wii Virtual Console can also be played on the Wii U by running the console in Wii Mode.
Differences from original games
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Reason: Pokémon Gold and Silver, images of Jynx in each version, confirmation on whether Pinball RS simulates the rumble function using the Wii controller.
In the original Nintendo 64 version of Pokémon Snap, players could take their games to certain stores to print stickers of their in-game photos; in the Virtual Console version, players can instead send a photo to the Wii Message Board once per day. Additionally, the Virtual Console release changes Jynx's complexion from black to purple, matching the modern design change.
Pokémon Trading Card Game
Similar to Pokémon Snap, the Virtual Console version of Pokémon Trading Card Game has Jynx's skin color changed from black to purple. Due to the lack of infrared hardware, the Card Pop! feature is disabled, leaving Mew Lv15 and Venusaur Lv64 unobtainable. As with many Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console games all multiplayer functionality is disabled, making dueling another player impossible. Finally, since there is no way to connect to the Game Boy Printer or any sort of equivalent (unlike Pokémon Snap), the "Print" option on the PC is disabled.
Pokémon Puzzle Challenge
Again, like all Game Boy Color games for Virtual Console, Pokémon Puzzle Challenge has all its multiplayer functionality made inaccessible since the Game Link Cable is neither supported nor emulated in any way.
Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire
The Virtual Console version of Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire has no e-Reader compatibility due to lack of hardware.
Pokémon Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow
Unlike many Virtual Console games on the Nintendo 3DS which lack multiplayer support, the re-releases of the main Generation I games are all able to use the Nintendo 3DS local wireless communication to trade and battle, simulating the function of the Game Boy Game Link Cable. The process is done through the Virtual Console's menu, in which players can establish connections through a hosting system. However, Pokémon Yellow, like the Virtual Console version of Pokémon Trading Card Game, cannot emulate the Game Boy Printer. They are also compatible with the Poké Transporter, allowing one-way transfer of Pokémon in the player's first Box to Pokémon Bank, where the Pokémon can then be picked up by any registered Pokémon Sun and Moon game.
Moves whose animations involved bright flashes, such as Blizzard, have had their animations toned down. In Pokémon Yellow, Jynx is again changed color from black to purple, similar to other Virtual Console re-releases (as the other three games are monochrome, no change is visible on those games).
Due to the inability to connect with any release of Pokémon Stadium and no applicable Pikachu distribution, the Pikachu's Beach minigame is accessible by simply having the starter Pikachu in the party without it necessarily needing to know Surf.