Since the announcement was made a couple weeks ago about the newest Pokémon games being released for the 3DS, a lot of people have been feeling nostalgia when it comes to the original titles, including myself. Just remembering the feelings of getting your very first Pokémon and playing your very first Pokémon game is what keeps us playing the series even 15 years later.
Here are some basic details on the series:
– In 1998 Pokémon Blue and Red were released, the starters were Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squritle.
– The following year, Pokémon Yellow was released; instead of the three original starters, you got to play as the face of the series, Pikachu.
– Pokémon Silver and Gold were released in 2000, followed by Crystal in 2001; the starters were Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile for all three games.
– In 2003 Ruby and Sapphire were released, the starters were Treecko, Torchic and Mudkip.
– 2004 was the year of FireRed and LeafGreen, the remakes of Blue and Red, and like the originals, you got to use the same starters again.
– Pokemon Emerald, the conclusion to Ruby and Saphire was released in 2005, and once again, you got to play with the 3rd gen. starters.
– In 2007, Diamond and Pearl were released, followed by Platinum in 2009; the starters were Turtwig, Chimchar and Piplup.
– 2010 was the year for another remake; Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver, remakes of Gold and Silver.
– In 2011 was Black and White released and the first sequels to the series, Black 2 and White 2 were released just last year! The starters are Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott.
The newest title to be released October of this year is Pokémon X and Y, and although we don’t know too much about it, we do know it’s going to have 3D graphics (for the very first time in a Pokémon title), who the three starters are (Chespin, Fennekin and Froakie), and the two main legendaries featured on the covers (Xerneas and Yveltal). It is also going to be the first in the series to be released worldwide on the same day, so no more buying or downloading Japanese copies of the game before we get it here in North America!
Anyone I have ever talked to about Pokémon has a favourite title; most have said the original Blue and Red, some Silver and Gold, but believe it or not there are quite the few that had their hearts won over by Ruby and Sapphire. My personal favourite was Blue, not only was it my first, but I loved having Squritle as a starter. If you haven’t ever played Pokémon and want to start somewhere, I always suggest going to the beginning, but if all you have is access to a Nintendo DS, the next best thing would have to be HeartGold and SoulSilver, the remakes of the original Gold and Silver. I find I play them more than the other DS titles, even more so than the newest titles, Black 2 and White 2. They released other titles with the Pokémon name, like the Mystery Dungeon series, the Pokémon Ranger series and even Pokémon Conquest, but they are a completely different game play and theme than the “versions”.
I decided to dig into my collection and find all my games to replay them. Luckily, my original Blue, Red and Yellow still had original working batteries, the others, perished with age. If you didn’t know that, yes, the batteries sadly eventually die and you can no longer save your games, which is really sad if you had a completed save file since you were a kid. Even though they weren’t colorful, nor did they have amazing graphics or sound, like any other great classic retro title, they kept me playing on and on until the early hours of the day. The story lines where great, and you really felt like you were a part of the Pokémon world; just you and your special Pokémon team. Even the thrill of catching the rarest of all Pokémon was an epic quest, for me, it was performing the famous “Mew Glitch” where if you did a series of steps, you eventually had an opportunity to catch the legendary Mew! That’s what makes these games classic, and that’s one of the reasons I believe the series will go on and on, even until they run out of ideas for new Pokémon species.