Nintendo continued the stream of classic Pokémon releases for the Virtual Console earlier this year with Pokémon Gold and Silver. However, it was surprising that Crystal was not among the releases. The game started many of the modern series' trends and improved upon the core games. For this reason, Nintendo probably wanted to make those interested wait.
Pokémon Crystal is now finally preparing for its Nintendo 3DS debut. Through Twitter, Nintendo confirmed that Crystal will be released on January 26.
Crystal will come with many of the perks of the Virtual Console releases, including the ability to trade and battle wirelessly. You will also be able to use the time capsule feature to trade back to Virtual Console versions of Red, Blue, and Yellow.
Pokémon Bank support has also been confirmed. This subscription service will allow players to transfer their Pokémon from their Crystal journey up to Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon so you can continue traveling with all your friends.
As part of the announcement, Nintendo has released a new trailer for the game. It doesn't show much, but it does confirm that players will be able to encounter the legendary Pokémon Celebi, who was previously unavailable to the general public.