The majority of Game Boy and Game Boy Color games on the 3DS’s Virtual Console utilize save states to allow users to save at any place in the game they want. There are three, however, which won’t carry this feature: the original Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow. Siliconera reports that the Japanese manuals for the 3DS versions say restore points do not work.
Why? Nintendo is being tight-lipped as always, but if you think about it, allowing save states on a game like this could have the potential to break it. Let’s say some clueless kid trades Pokemon with somebody else, then loads an earlier save state. He just lost the monster he traded for. Meanwhile, the other kid got a mon for free.
In the big scheme of things, this is no loss, because the original game let you save wherever you were standing. There were no save points, so if you were two squares from Mewtwo, you could simply save and try to catch him as many times as you wanted. That kind of cheating was always part of the game.
Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow will be rereleased in America on the 20th anniversary of Pokemon: February 27. There will also be a special New 3DS (small size) package released that day, containing all three games as well as Charizard and Blastoise faceplates.