Pokémon is now 20 years old, with the celebrations having included a Pokémon Direct and the release of the gen 1 Game Boy titles on the 3DS Virtual Console. It's become one of the most important franchises for Nintendo both commercially and in broader terms, with a popular culture presence and sustained level of success that point to another 20 glorious years.
It's a series that evokes all sorts of emotions and memories, so for this celebration we gathered the thoughts of many of our contributors. Check them out below and then share your own Pokémon memories in the comments.
Joe Merrick - Webmaster of Serebii
As someone who has been with Pokémon from before it even hit the UK, there are a load of Pokémon memories that I have, so it's sort of hard to try and pinpoint the best ones.
One of my favourite memories has to be during Diamond & Pearl's Japanese release. This was before the time of leaks and it came out right in the first week of my final year of university, so I had to really juggle things. The exploration of the games, uncovering Pokémon that nobody had seen before is something that doesn't happen often, especially in this age of leaks, and that is something that I will never forget.
The best Pokémon memory though is all of my interactions with the community. I have often been unable to attend events, but have been able to more and more of late, and the best thing is definitely the community. While there are some toxic parts, when you go to actual events everyone is so nice to each other. Meeting other fans of Pokémon is always the best.
Pokémon to me is just a huge part of my life now and has been through all six generations. While some games are better than others, and some spin-off games are just a torture to play (thanks, Pokémon Dash), it's just something that's always fun to me. Here's to the next 20 years.
Pokémon's appeal will always lie in the real-world connections I've had with people while playing.
As an eager, Game Boy Pocket-toting 10-year-old when Pikachu & co. hit North American shores in 1998, Pokémon made a huge impression on me right from the start. I had read all the previews in Nintendo Power, looked up as much information as I could find on the Japanese releases, and had saved up for months to be able to afford a copy of Blue when it finally released. In fact, my parents were kind enough to let me be late to school on release day morning so that I could be at Toy's 'R' Us first thing to pick up my copy. I was expecting to wait in line and get to retrieve my copy from enormous Charizard- and Blastoise-adorned displays, based on pictures I'd seen of various Japanese game launches, but I ended up being the only person there before opening, and having to ask several times if they had any in the back — no one working the floor had heard of it!
For my 10-year-old self, carefully opening the cardboard pack, popping in the cart, and sitting down for my first taste of what would become a lifelong series of adventures, it absolutely lived up to the hype. But as much fun as I had roaming around Kanto on my own, the best part of Pokémon for me has always been about playing with people. I was lucky enough to have some link-cable buddies at school, and though I was never super into battling, we had a great time trading, sending beloved high-level 'mon on field-trips to friends' games and completing our PokéDexes. We also got pretty into the TCG when it came out, and I actually very happily rang in the millennium by playing Pokémon card matches with my mom!
Since the Red-and-Blue days, Pokémon's become something that I've hopped back throughout my life, and always with someone special. Driven by wistful nostalgia in my senior year of college, I played through SoulSilver on the DS for the first time while my sister played through HeartGold; though we were halfway across the country from each other, we had a blast trading online and texting each other updates on our PokéWalkers' adventures! A few years later, when my fiancée and I were in North Wales, we stumbled across some clearance-priced copies of Pokémon Pearl and Pokémon White in TESCO. We had our 3DSes ready, and that lucky find kicked off a month of Pokémon adventures for us, where we'd sit on park benches exploring Sinnoh and Unova, swapping stories and peeking over each others' shoulders. A few years after that, when Pokémon X and Y launched, we were living in California, and drove an hour to pick up our pre-ordered copies, only to spend the whole night playing on the rug, awestruck by our now-3D monster friends and the brand new world to explore.
So as much as I love the monsters, the music, the adventure, and the JRPG template that introduced me to my now-favourite genre of games, for me, Pokémon's appeal will always lie in the real-world connections I've had with people while playing. Whatever the future holds for the series, I know I can count on sharing it, and I can't wait to hop into the next big adventure with my family and friends!
Ah Pokémon, Pokémon, Pokémon. What would I have done as a child without those games? No seriously, the picture above is evidence of my trusty Game Boy Color never leaving my side - even if I travelled to the other side of the world to Australia!
The Pokémon series was undoubtedly my favourite franchise growing up. I always thought that if I were to have been born 20 years prior to my birthdate and created a video-game brand, it would've been something very similar to the theme of finding and obtaining rare species of creatures in the wild. Not only did I used to enjoy catching bugs as a child, but I often drew my own made-up animals, so when Pokémon did arrive in '96, you can imagine how engrossed I was - it simply hit home. It contained, and to some extent still does, all the ingredients I adore in a video-game brand.
While I'm not as big on the series now due to personally feeling it's shied from its roots (although I have and still will play every main series game), I'm super-stoked about its 20th anniversary later this month - mainly because it, along with Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda figuratively formed my childhood. The memories I have regarding Pokémon are limitless, from catching a shiny red Donphan on a sliver of battery life on a long car ride, to organically discovering Mewtwo as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee and going nuts.
A young traveller with the world at their finger tips – that's the exact thrill the original games provided and what made them so brilliant at the time.
However, the main batch of memories stem from my second favourite game(s) of all time; the second generation games that are Gold, Silver, and Crystal. I've written a feature article on our "Why We're Still Playing…" series, so have a read if you're interested in why I adore these titles so much.
Anyway, Happy 20th anniversary Pokémon, and here's to 20 more!
When I reflect on what the Pokémon series has evolved into over the years, I think of the first generation of pocket monster games released on the Game Boy and the unrivalled sense of adventure they provided at the time. The games, in contrast to other titles available on Nintendo's original handheld, felt limitless. The sheer scale of the journey players embarked on was what made Red & Blue so thrilling.
Setting out in hopes of becoming a Pokémon master, knowing one day you would return with a much greater understanding of the world. Items like the bicycle and various HM such as Surf and Fly only enhanced the sense of adventure.
A young traveller with the world at their finger tips – that's the exact thrill the original games provided and what made them so brilliant at the time. It was a chance for the youth of this era to transport to a digital world where they were free of homework and house chores and could instead focus on the seemingly more difficult task of catching all 150 Pokémon.
After my dad installed a giant, neighborhood-defining satellite dish in our back yard, I spent much of my formative youth manually tuning its positioning, as if I were a NASA engineer in training. Behind me, a 15 foot dish could be seen through my dining room window, loudly swiveling and creaking at each press of my complicated remote. On the other end, a giant, big-screen TV with the dimensions of a swing set displayed whatever I managed to unearth from its scrambled hiss. This routine mostly produced little, until the day I discovered a Mexican television show where people talked about video games.
These fresh, excitable TV hosts reviewed new titles, interviewed gaming celebrities, and ended each episode in games of 4-player Diddy Kong Racing and Goldeneye 007 face-offs, among many others. For me, this show's most impressionable segment would end up being a field piece from what must have been an early-era gaming expo, where a muted interview was being held with someone in a giant, yellow mouse costume. Immediately enthralled, I recall running to my mom to come as quickly as she could. Using a dial-up modem, I discovered the game was set to arrive on September 28, 1998, and soon reserved it at a local store: a red version. I picked it up on launch, alongside a Game Boy Pocket, and even received a blue pouch that featured that same yellow mouse as a bonus.
Ask me today what the original Pokemon is like, and I will regale you with tales of wanderlust. Up for discovery are creepy-crawly caves, an abandoned warehouse, and intense, escalating battles, which in my youthful innocence, brought my heartbeat up through my ears. The accompanying television show, launching alongside the release of the original titles, served as an additional, daily exhibit of the pocket monsters I had discovered that same week. After being confronted with the voice and scale of an Abra or a Venonat in the morning, I would then hurriedly run to school to confirm with my classmates how their depictions matched our mental images. Of course, virtually everyone I knew was also watching and playing along. Identical memories undoubtedly decorate countless childhoods: many fondly, some forgotten, but unmistakably prolific.
As if growing proportional with my fanaticism, the series grew and grew, until it could seemingly grow no more, and yet it still continues on. Now 20 years removed from the purchase of my first Game Boy, Pokemon is now not just a game, but an institution. If you decide to revisit the original titles here on their digital re-releases, or perhaps are even playing them for the first time, it is best to approach them not with just retrograde amusement, but with a similar curiosity and gaiety that established the originals as an important franchise.
Cheers to you Pokémon, for introducing a generation to a world of games and a universe loved globally.
My Pokémon experience started in of all places, a school bus. When I was around six years old, my best friend brought this new toy called a Game Boy Advance that he got for his birthday. He showed me this one game, full of creatures and a world that of which I had never seen before. That game was Pokémon Ruby. Everyday, we would sit together and experience the world of Hoenn, battling trainers with his Torchic and gathering gym badges.
From that point on, the damage had been done and I was hooked. I went home and begged for this thing. It took a while because even though the GBA SP was in full swing, I never received any of the main series GBA Pokémon games, besides the awesome Pokémon Pinball. Then, in 2006, my goal was accomplished with the release of Pokémon Diamond. This was my first adventure in a Pokémon game alone, and was a fantastic experience. My family would go camping every year, and that game became my means to pass the time while relaxing in the wilderness. Beating the Elite Four, catching my first legendary, all of that happened in Pokémon Diamond. I think today my save is logged at 90 hours and I will hold onto that a piece of my gaming history. Also, for the record, my first starter was Chimchar, the best generation four starter hands-down.
Now, every new Pokémon release is a great time for me. Experiencing a new region and new creatures never seen before not only alongside friends, but a flourishing internet community is amazing. After going back and playing the older titles like Blue, Silver, and Sapphire with an experienced mind, I can fully understand why these games captured the hearts of a generation.
It seems crazy to think that Pokémon is only one year older than I am. Despite the fact I missed out on the golden age of Pokémon in the early 2000s, the franchise continues to march along with a huge army of supporters close behind. Cheers to you Pokémon, for introducing a generation to a world of games and a universe loved globally, and becoming a part of my life that I will forever hold in high regard.
I'm one of those people who were fortunate enough to experience the first generation of Pokémon through a child's eyes, since the craze started when I was about 4 or so years old. My introduction to the world of Pokémon was through Pokémon Blue, given to me for my birthday (since it was well known that I loved my Game Boy). As the old line goes: the rest is history. Needless to say I was hooked and played the games as obsessively as any other peer of mine. I stuck with it, too. I played well into my high school years when such "childish" things as Pokémon were unfashionable, and I was playing during my undergraduate years when it was suddenly back in style again. Pokémon has been not only a consistently high-quality experience, but it has also been a way for me to make lasting friendships and meet some amazing people.
Don't count me among the people who think Pokémon needs some sort of "reboot" to freshen things up. I think the series really excels when it shakes things up within the existing formula, like the handling of the regional Pokedex in Black and White. Generation 5 has really cemented its place as my favorite in the series precisely because it threw me into a world with all new Pokémon that I didn't know (in addition to having what I think is the strongest narrative in a Pokémon title and amazing music). I still go back and replay Black and White from time to time just because I like the feeling of "new" that it gives me, much like the original games did.
To this day I remain an avid player. I strategize, plan, hatch eggs for hours on end. I kind of pride myself more on Pokémon theory nowadays than I do on application, meaning I spend more time advising my friends on battle strategies than I do battling myself. We always joke that I'm more of a Pokémon Professor than a trainer, which suits me just fine. The folks in charge of the series have done a great job of making it engaging and deep for all kinds of players, and I think that's why it continues to be so successful. Here's to many more years of battling and training!
Narelle Ho Sang
The folks in charge of the series have done a great job of making it engaging and deep for all kinds of players, and I think that's why it continues to be so successful.
You know those Pokémon toys and trading cards that come in Happy Meals sometimes? I have my share of them. I've also got a Bulbasaur keychain that's seen better days. A strange, misshapen Pikachu squeak toy plush from Chinatown. A Slowbro shirt from Nintendo NYC, and once in awhile, the original Pokémon theme song from the anime gets stuck in my head. Do I have the games though? Not really. But I have the one that matters most: Pokémon Snap.
I know, I know. I can hear the groans, boos and hisses from here. I never quite understand Pokémon's appeal when my friends relay stories about how they grew up with the franchise. Excited talks of their favourite starters are lost on me. I just didn't grow up with Pokémon. I played Pokémon Black some years ago, which was my first real main game and I haven't played another since. I thought it was okay. It wasn't bad. It wasn't great. It didn't appeal to me in the way I was expecting a JRPG to appeal to me. That's probably what part of the problem was - I was expecting something else, and ruined part of the charm of the series for myself.
Pokémon Snap, however, after all these years, is a game I wish they'd make another of, even if it wasn't that great. As much as the main games in the series have passed me by, I love the idea of the Pocket Monsters. Not so much collecting them to fight but I adore their designs. Many of them are adorable and weird, and the regions of Pokémon brim with activity and life. The game spoke to my love of photography, as simple as it was. Getting the best shot was a challenge I wanted to be involved in. But it wasn't just about the 'best' shot. Pokémon is a wild sci-fi fantasy, and I liked Pokémon Snap for being a strange experiment which armed players with a camera to photograph that bizarre wonder. It felt like an outsider's peek into the strange world belonging to the Pokémon, and a different kind of exploration.
My admiration for Pokémon far transcends any other video game series. For me, Pokémon almost single-handedly represents my childhood. If I was to summarise my childhood with 5 or so key words, Pokémon would be one of them. The series had a massive influence on me as a pre-teen and, for a year or so, it took over my life. I'd spend my Saturday mornings watching the Anime, pour my allowance into buying booster packs in the hope of obtaining a rare and elusive card, and the rest of my time allowed me to become a Pokémon Master myself through the wonders of the Game Boy's little monochromatic screen.
One of my most vivid Pokémon memories was of the day (some 15 years ago) that I received the pièce de résistance of my trading card collection. A friend of mine who lived up my street had a shiny Charizard in his collection - at the time, the holy grail of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. When I discovered that this mystical wonders existed a mere 50 yards up the road from my house, I knew then - I had to own it. I frantically compiled a collection of 3-4 of my better cards, hoping that the allure of multiple shineys may coerce him into parting with his wondered possession and marched down the street to propose a swap. I handed over the cards and watched him attentively as he pondered over the proposition. "He's never going to trade", I thought to myself. "Everyone has Machamp, he won't want Machamp…". But to my delight - the deal was agreed, and until my school banned Pokémon cards for good (the killjoys), I felt like an absolute King.
It's moments like this that I look back on fondly. Pokémon not only had the ability to raise my spirits all those years ago, it continues to do so to this day. Remembering those warm summer evenings - sitting out and trading Pokémon cards with my friends will always bring a smile to my face. Pokémon isn't simply a Video Game franchise - to me, and to many others, it was and will continue to be a huge part of our lives for many years to come.
I started with pokemon x.
I love Pokemon. Unfortunately, my card slot broke on my 3DS, and Zi didn't feel like shelling out $40 for a game I already own. Which is why... I have already played 2 hours of Pokmon Yelliw this morning. I'm very excited! 😂
P.S. I have a friend who likes Pokemon... but only the spinoffs. Such a shame, really. I need someone to trade with sonI can catch me all!
Been playing since pokemon Red. I made it a point since then to grab a version from every generation and haven't stopped since. Of course, I'm getting Pokemon Moon when that's released too.
Gotta say Pokemon is one of my favourite game series out there right now, and I can't imagine dropping it at any time in the future. I lost my latest X and Alpha Sapphire versions last year (for the life of me, I still can't recall how) so I guess with Pokemon Moon I'll be starting my collection from scratch. Such a shame too because I had loads of memories with all my favourites. It even got to a point where I could look at each one and marvel at all the work I put into them and how long some took to get. Still, as long as Nintendo doesn't stop churnin' 'em all out, the fun doesn't need to stop there.
Here's to yet another generation of Pokemon and all it has to offer!
I didn't have friends growing up, Pokemon was like my replacement for friends.
In all seriousness though, I had one other friend and my brother who I played Pokemon with in childhood, but that's about it.
I dislike how Game Freak is butchering the more seasoned players.
IIRC, they didn't included the battle frontier in ORAS because apparently people get 'frustrated' at that kind of challenges.
Like what? The Battle Maison isn't without its shenanigans either.
XY lost me because there's no challenge at all, other than online battles.
I, at first, I did not like Pokemon, and yes, I knew about anime and toys (not games yet), but when I give a try to see the anime (in 1998-1999), Was when I started follow Pokemon.
Later, I met the games for friends (Pokemon Stadium and Pokemon Red), next, I get my "first" Pokemon game, but was roms, and included Pokemon Silver in Japanese (I don't knew that exist the Gen 2 in that moment) and when I search in Internet, I started to investigate more of Pokemon; next when Started the 3 Generation, and I met Pokemon Advance Generation (anime), then, I was hooked completely to the franchise; My family bought me the Game Boy Advance and with my saving, I buy Pokemon Sapphire (my first original Pokemon games) and next Pokemon Crystal and Yellow (it was good that the GBA could run GBC games), from that moment, I bought (I buy) every game Pokemon (well, not all, specially some spin off), I saw (and I see) every episode of the anime and met some mangas (Magical Pokemon and Pokemon Special), and now, also I buy, Pokemon Plushes (specially Meloetta, XD).
Well, Now, I waiting for Sun & Moon!
I was 14 when Pokémon Red and Blue were released in Europe. Me and my friend quickly became huge fans of the franchise, from the original games themselves to the N64 spin-offs, anime series and the vast array of merchandise.
Pokémon Blue was my first RPG - now my favourite genre - and I was amazed at how such a large and complex game could be on the Game Boy. It felt like a real adventure, something a lot of contemporary games are still unable to capture, and I enjoyed capturing, levelling and evolving the monsters. I became particularly attached to my Bulbasaur.
Since then I have played every main entry. I particularly loved Pokémon Silver, which I would spend hours playing huddled by a table lamp so I could properly see the dull Game Boy Color screen. This was something I repeated with Sapphire on the Game Boy Advance the summer before I started university, but by then fatigue had started to set in a bit. I did fall away from the series after playing Pearl, though four years later became a huge fan once more after buying White. I had no idea a new game had even released, but saw it while browsing amazon one day. White is now my favourite entry. It felt so fresh and really pulled me back in. It's also the first time I have ever completed a regional Pokédex and now I finally want to finish the national dex in Alpha Sapphire.
I always enjoy the new Pokémon that come with each new generation and this is probably the main aspect of the series I enjoy. Though my feelings on Y are a little mixed, I think that it has the best designed monsters yet.
My first game was LeafGreen. Since my brother played it and all his friends played it too, we would always battle and trade. I loved every Generation to come, and can't wait till Pokemon Sun and Moon.
My first game was Blue version, started out at the beginning. In the Summer of 1998, I was really excited to get to finally play it after reading about it a couple of years prior in Nintendo Power's Epic Center section. Many were the days I studied the little beginner's player's guide that Nintendo Power gave out with one of their Summer 1998 issues.
Up through 2nd gen, Pokémon was one of my favorite series. I didn't like 3rd gen anywhere near as much, but 4th gen was another good one. Skipped 5th and 6th gens, I'd stuck with earlier gens and their mods; I've generally moved on from the current series.
And now, Pokémon is swiping their former clone's version names:
First it was Black and White (because they couldn't think of any other colors), then it was X & Y (because they couldn't think of any note opposing l colors), and now it's forced to swipe their clone's version names!
Well, we'll see if Nintendo finally focuses their direction on either the adventuring aspect or the online multiplayer/competitive aspect... Can't keep doing what X & Y do, going halfway both ways.
Blue was my first game ever & probably the only game to this day (along with Gold) that just completely consumed my life at the time. Of course gen 1/2 are rather dated after playing the recent mainline entries but experiencing them back then as a kid, the series was just on a whole other level compared to anything else at the time. They were truly something special & pure endless good fun.
I can still remember those childhood memories of trading & battling with friends & those I just met in the playground during primary school, sharing tips, guide books & stories, collecting & swapping the cards, going to the cinema to see the first 'mon movie (& crying like mad with that certain scene) & watching the adventures unfold on the tv with Ash, friends & Team Rocket.
Although there's been times where I've felt that I've outgrown the series (stopped playing after Gold & left it for several years before dipping back into the series with B & W 1 then completely with B/W 2 due to how brilliant & refreshing it was), Game Freak always find a way to hook me back in with some new features, new mysterious region to explore or a batch of new 'mon to capture & train.
X / Y are my favs to date followed by Blue & Gold & although Alpha Sapphire didn't quite hook me in the same way as those, I still thoroughly enjoyed it & I look very much forward to hearing more on Sun & Moon & any more future games whether it's a new conquest, mystery dungeon, ranger, snap or something completely different like Detective Pikachu & Pokken Tournament.
It started with yellow and a gameboy advance sp...from there i was introduced to a phenomenon !
It all started when Pokémania was first kicking in, during the late nineties. The Porygon episode from the anime was pretty much unheard of in Italy, and our first experience with the franchise was the anime itself. Ironically, I was annoyed at the generation I artwork suddenly flooding the media, across magazines, comics and whatnot. I swore I'd never get caught up in the unexpected craze, and lo, I obviously did.
First premiering in commercial broadcasting company Mediaset's flagship channel, Channel Five, the anime took Italy by storm, and kept going strong after all subsequent episodes switched to fellow Mediaset channel Italy One. I started wondering if there would, eventually, be a Pokémon game (don't stare at me like that, I was, like, TEN!), and this question, coupled with then-leading search engine Yahoo, led me to the wonderfully twisted world of emulation, which is how I experienced Generation I as a whole. Little did I know that, years later, in order to enjoy Gold and Silver at their fullest, I would end up getting a Game Boy Color. The rest is history, even after the end of Pokémania, during the rough Generation III years while my beloved Lugia, Celebi and Mew were out of commission - maybe in my high school year Pokémon was seen as a kiddy franchise and was not cool anymore, it was still cool to me.
(No, I don't draw Awkward Zombie, Katie Tiedrich does. In case you didn't know.)
My favorite part about Pokemon was training up pokemon in Crystal and Yellow for Pokemon Stadium 2. That game is by far the hardest game I have ever played, and I love it for that reason. It was the perfect complement to the main games.
I'm beyond resentful with how offensively, thoughtlessly easy the newer games have become. In Pokemon X/Y, you could literally beat the game without paying the slightest attention to what you're doing. And experience share?? Probably designed with multi-tasking in mind, so you can beat the game with your ass while freeing up your hands to do other things. Or in OR/AS, why not just hand you a legendary pokemon for no reason after, what, the fourth or fifth gym? To me, difficulty and challenge (you know, actually feeling like you're accomplishing something) is what makes Pokemon games so much fun. The newer games, to me, just feel like wastes of time.
@Manjushri As you may have seen from my entry, I adore Gold/Silver/Crystal (2nd gen) so much. Personally, they're the most complete iterations of the franchise. Go with them (or at least their DS remakes)
A fellow Generation II lover! Jeez, I was starting to wonder if I was alone on this site!
I started with Pokemon Ruby and I never stopped since.
@Zapazoid To be fair, the only official games in the series that have ever been difficult are the Stadium series, and that was often because of RNG favoring the CPU more often than not. I should know, I actually threw my copies of Stadium 1 and 2 against the floor and wall because I used to get angry about losing to random chance. My first copy of Stadium 2 broke eventually, and had to buy a new one. Contained my anger at RNG BS from then on. You basically just had to use OP builds to win, otherwise it was like playing the lottery to win.
The only Pokémon games that have been genuinely difficult without feeling like playing the lottery to win are the modded versions of the mainline series, such as Kaizo Blue & Crystal and Perfect Platinum. They just keep throwing ridiculous challenges with powerful movesets to fight against, although later mods were more well balanced.
@Manjushri Gen 5 has the most interesting story in the series, but Crystal with a rebalancing mod to make Kanto more difficult, Heart Gold, or Soul Silver is probably the most pure, well-balanced Pokémon experience.
@AlexSora89 Haha likewise! If you're interested and haven't already, have a read of this: https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2015/11/feature_why_were_still_playing_pokemon_gold_silver_crystal
I started with Blue, and forced my sister to get Red so I could complete my dex haha. Took a break after g/s and started again at x and y. Looking forward to the new releases, and have already logged a few hours into Yellow this morning.
I was in second grade (1998) when I first heard a couple of kids in the grade below me going on about Charmander and Squirtle. I was only mildly curious at first, but before long I was bitten by the Pokemon bug. I would watch the anime whenever I could, and rejoiced the day that some kid gave me my first two Pokemon cards (Charmander and a Fire Energy).
The best thing, however, was my tenth birthday. My parents surprised me by finally getting me a Game Boy Color (my first system ever, and it was the Silver Special Pikachu edition!) and my first Pokemon game, Gold. I was lucky enough to also be able to backtrack to Gen 1 at that time, as Pokemon Blue was still available in the store.
I've grabbed at least one of the two main series releases since, and normally pick up the third game. I no longer watch the anime and rarely collect Pokemon cards anymore, but the games? Still playing 'em.
It's a 2015 article, I'm sure I've read it already. It might even have a comment of mine underneath... lemme check...
And there it is, it's even the second one!
"After an article praising Generation 'screw past games, these are the creatures you're supposed to care about now' Three, this is a nice change of pace. I just wish I could move my old Pokémon to newer generations, a privilege that Generation III Pokémon were the first to get. Still, long live Johto!"
Too bad another NL user decided to dismiss my point as me being "butthurt", an internet neologism sadly used as a catch-all term for all kinds of criticism.
I started playing Pokemon when I was sixteen on my atomic purple gameboy color and have been hooked ever since. My little brother and I used to link trade all the time. I only skipped one gen (gen 3) and got back into it again at Platinum. I can't wait to play Sun & Moon and I love the fact that I get to share my love of the series with my kids.
I got into pokemon at the time emerald came out, but I didn't get a game until pearl came out. Have played everygame since. Playing Pokémon Red right now. I'm really hyped for Sun & Moon. Hope there will be another 20 years of pokemon.
I vividly remember playing Pokémon Red in 2000 on the Game Boy at the height of the craze. What struck me is how easy it was to pick up and play yet how deep it was at the same time.
A year later I picked up Gold. Little did I know just how big of a ride I was in for. 100 new Pokémon, new Dark and Steel types, a new Johto region to explore and eight new badges to collect. Playing through the second generation for the first time is still my fondest gaming memory. Spring 2001 is full of magical memories for me. The whole experience was just so much better and more refined than ever before.
I kept on playing through each new game since then and my almost 29-year old body is ready for Sun and Moon.
What makes it still so fun to play is the fact that it adds new layers of gameplay and complexity with each new game - be it new types, the split between physical and special moves, new battle modes or mega evolutions - yet still manages to retain that easy to pick up and play nature. Each new game adds new stuff without ever sacrificing what was so fun about the older games.
Instead, it improves on an already great formula and makea it more varied and versatile. You can play however you want with whatever Pokémon you want. There is always room for experimentation. That makes it so that I can enjoy these games just as much as I enjoyed Red when I was thirteen years old. Sun and Moon will most likely be no different and I can't wait to find out what new gameplay concepts they will add.
Oh, I sure have a lot of memories, and like most here have been with the series since the start. Well, the UK's start, anyway. I don't recall being much of a gamer back in the day, so I'd be a year or so behind the times with games. Pokemon Red was my first, and I remember that fond adventure. To the Elite Four, where I lost. Then threw my Game Boy down the stairs. A moment I will surely cherish, as that incident corrupted my save. I can't remember much of Generation 2, though I do remember being on an outing with family and a cousin was playing on his GBA. It was Pokemon Ruby, and I was fascinated at how different it looked from the previous two gens. I soon had the game myself of course, and can remember fondly playing through both Colosseum and Gale of Darkness when they released on the Gamecube, as well as battling on the big screen with them.
I can hardly even recall generation 4, but during generation four was when I became much more hooked on gaming, so when generation 5 released, each game I received at or near launch. For generarion 6 my money was finally in my own hands, so both Y and Omega Ruby were preordered by me.
I could get down into details, but I think I've said enough.
I knew Pokemon from before even Joe did 😉
I never played Pokemon as a child. I watched my own children play diamond, pearl and platinum. Then move onto black, white, gold, silver etc never once giving it a go. I was obsessed with racing games you see. Then three or so years back everything changed. I became Nintendo and specifically 3DS mad. I now give most things a go and am loving Y. I intend to get yellow at least to see where it all began and look forward to sun or moon
@PlywoodStick No, the RNG wasn't rigged, it just can seem that way because you often had to win many difficult matches in a row. You had to be consistent and leave as little as possible to chance.
And Pokemon Stadium aside, the original 3 generations are much, much more difficult than the recent ones. Particularly the original 2 regions.
Im gonna share you my experiençe and i hope some people can relate to it as well : So it all started for me when i was very young with pokemon red, i was mostly influenced by my brother, i started slowly in the game and everything looked quite complex to me the first time i played it, as i played the game more it comed to a time that i was already very addicted to it as i had all my pokemon level 100 and such, the first time i defeated the pokemon league in the game it was a very vivid experiençe to me as i remenber seeing some pokemon first time like vaporeon it was so beautiful i still remenber how shocked i was when i was battling it , and i had a amazing feeling when i defeat the elite four first time because i thought i could never win it like the other people did (i was very shy in those times and not that confident on myself), i skipped the 2 generation games when it comed out (Gold/Silver), it was also those times when i started to watch the anime , oh you know those happy days.
Then other pokémon games started to come out like ruby and sapphire it was a whole different generation some people will understand what i mean things looked more advançed and some people i knew had given up in pokémon in gen 2, i keeped going more and more deep in the series for some reason they always fascinated me, i have been buying all the pokémon games since ruby/sapphire until now oras, i myself have learned competitive battling since gen 4 and i have been in contact with all kinds of people until today, it helped me in my development as a pokémon trainer, i can say that my status right now is of a fanatic when it comes to pokémon strategys , abilitys and everything related to pokémon and it started to be a big part of me for sure, i can say that pokemon is a very good game and i always recommend it to my friends if possible and try to show to them how amazing those games are, or help people if they want to start in competitive battling, looking back now i wouldnt know what pokemon is if i wasnt influenced to play it, those may be complex games at first look but trust me thank god that didnt happen, because i have been growing with pokemon and its was been amazing experiençe and i recommend everyone to try it out if they like RPG games and never tryed them. ^^
@Zapazoid I think that might be more the case if trainers are skipped, and little to no grinding is done. If every trainer is fought, even without grinding, the first two generations were no more difficult than Platinum, for me. (Except for beating Red on Mount Silver, and catching Mewtwo when the Master Ball isn't used... but those are final battles with a difficulty spike)
So many great memories of Pokemon since buying Blue shortly after release.
I don't really feel like typing my history with the franchise now, though. That'd be long winded.
Still, I love all the Pokemon games, except X/Y and Dash, and they'll hold a place in my heart and the hearts of many.
Blue was the first one for me, too! Caught MissingNO., of course.
It never really attracted me, maybe because I was to old when it arrived. I bought Pokemon Black version 2 though, and while I had fun with it (and I may even download a first gen Pokemon someday, or buy one of the newer titles) it didn't really wow me. Its mainly you walking from fight to fight. There aren't any puzzles (there is exploration though). I also think Nintendo/Gamefreak churn them out like madman, with lots of spin-offs and stuff. This also rubs me the wrong way: I do not like yearly franchises!!
That said: A proper 3D, homeconsole Pokemon and/or puzzles could excite me if done right!!
The only Pokemon game I played (as a kid) was Pokemon Blue on the original Game Boy. I even watched the cartoon back then. After that, I lost my interest in Pokemon. Nowadays I think there are way too many Pokemon games. They never seem to stop the remake and rehash the games and I'm tired of it. I'd like some truly original new titles for my Nintendo 3DS. Not another bunch of similar Pokemon games.
Ah yes, my first Pokemon experience was my friend buying me a copy of Blue for my birthday. Before that, he was ranting on and on about how great Pokemon was and that he played it nonstop. So, as I told him I didn't have a copy of it for my Gameboy, he promptly bought me a copy and said, "Happy Birthday". That was years ago and to this day the Pokemon "bug" has never fully gone away. Now, 20 years later (more or less), I'm playing Pokemon Yellow on my new 3DS XL and reliving the old days once again with my favorite Pokemon, Pikachu. I believe when Sun and Moon come out later this year, I'll have a copy of that lined up. I promised myself never to get bit by the Pokemon bug again, but alas, Pikachu has once again stolen my heart. lol
I decided to play through Red, Blue, Yellow, and Y from scratch for the 20th anniversary and have been having a blast so far. Red and Blue hit me with all the nostalgia (never got to play Yellow), while Y hits me with all the updated stuff (and the even bigger list of Pokemon).
I pretty much went on hiatus after Red and Blue, never picked up another Pokemon game until Y so there's a huge chunk in the middle that's missing. The prices for those games are ridiculously high lol, so dont think I'll be grabbing all the other releases I missed.
I basically grew up alongside Pokémon. I was there during the hype years where Pokémon was everything. I didn't play the games much, though (mostly because teaching an unpatient brat to train and sit down for hours on end is kind of difficult) but everything else - I was pretty much addicted to. I lost interest at the start of the third generation (still bought all the main series titles nonethless) and mostly throughout fourth generation.
But around the time Platinum was released, something changed: I played my first rpgs - Blue Dragon (one of my favorite games of all time and an underrated gem imo) and I started loving the genre (well specficially j-rpg). So I bought Platinum as per the usual but I actually did play it - while watching tv but I did play it. I remembered roaming entire afternoons through the routes of Sinnoh, training my Pokémon until they were at a level I deemed high enough to move on without much problems. And while I shifted from tv to youtube, I still play Pokémon the very same way: Running around in circles for hours and training my 30+ Pokémon till they are around ten levels above the wild Pokémon that I encounter on said route.
Pokémon is just a series like Minecraft or Mario Maker to me. Just laying there, watching Markiplier, Game Grumps and whatever I'm subscribed to these days and just play a nice relaxing game.
I really appreciate the efforts put in creating this awesome series
My take is that it's a great RPG for the time (GameBoy era). There was nothing that massive for the system. There's a charm to having a system so limited produce such an expansive world. Now that it's gone 3D along with a more complex system, I feel it's lost its charm... or I just grew up. I dunno. I can still enjoy Yellow the same way I did back in 99.
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