Pokemon is about to turn 20. The entire franchise began in Japan in February of 1996 with the Red and Green Game Boy carts, followed by the original Pokemon Trading Card Game starter pack. In honor of the occasion, both those things will be rereleased, though only the card game is feasible to be reprinted in its original form. The rereleased pack will include the first 60 cards with their original designs (like Fat Pikachu), a player’s manual and a commemorative coin.
As for the original Game Boy games, they’ll be added to the 3DS Virtual Console around the same time, in all regions. Japan had four carts in the first generation (Red, Green, Blue and Yellow) and not only will all four be available, but the 2DS will be introduced to Japan in the form of four brightly-colored see-through models that correspond to the colors of those games. America and all other regions will get Red, Blue and Yellow on the eShop, but there are no plans to release the special 2DSes elsewhere.
Both the card game set and the games will be made available in Japan on February 27. The English versions of the games will be available in America and Europe on the same day.