Monday Memories: Red, Blue, and Yellow

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!
Today brings us back with another Monday Memories, this one dedicated to the Gameboy Color Pokemon games: Red, Blue, and Yellow. These games were introduced to me by a couple of close friends of mine from a couple of decades ago…
Way back in elementary school, I was friends with a pair of twins.
Hanging out at their house, they had a Nintendo 64 hooked up to a little television in their parents’ bedroom. Thinking back on it now, I wonder if the parents had the console there due to being sure the kids wouldn’t spend too much time playing, but I also don’t remember them having any other television. That could also be due to our days — when not playing video games — being spent playing school, pool days in the summer, walking their dog, but I digress.
It was due to these friends that I was introduced to games such as Mario Golf, Mario Tennis, and Pokemon Snap, along with Pokemon Red and Blue for the Gameboy Color. I was just beginning to get interested in Pokemon, not really understanding the games themselves, but knowing that there was a cartoon and fun little cards that apparently had more of a purpose than just being pretty. I got suckered into the casual fun of taking pictures of Pokemon in Pokemon Snap and started asking for a Gameboy Color from the Easter Bunny with the Pokemon games.
The next time I had a play date with the twins, I just remember excitedly showing up at their house with my own copy of the games and Prima’s Official Strategy Guide for Pokemon Yellow. My friends were impressed, claiming that the Pokemon Yellow version was the “rarer” game (which, years later, doesn’t make sense but, hey, we were in elementary school). We spent much of that day with each of us on our respective Gameboy Colors, with each twin playing either Red or Blue and me playing Yellow.
While I unfortunately haven’t been in touch with these old friends in years — since they moved away before we even reached middle school — I do credit them as part of the reason why I enjoyed the Let’s Go titles when they came out for the Nintendo Switch. The nostalgia alone of seeing and hearing Pikachu by my character’s side throws me back to those times when I was sandwiched between my friends on the floor of their living room as we cheered each other on in battles.
I do wonder occasionally how they are doing. I hope they are doing well and, maybe, if they also have the Let’s Go Pokemon titles that they’re marveling at the evolution (pun intended) of the games as well as share this bittersweet feeling about a dissipating friendship as I do.

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Readers Comments (3)

  1. That story had a sad ending :(. Hope they’re doing okay though and thinking about you in the same way you think of them.
    For me, one of my old friends that came to mind in a similar fashion was Faiz. We met in grade 1 and quickly bonded over playing baseball at the nearby playground with kids. He became my best friend growing up. When we got closer, he invited me to his house where I got to play the SNES years before I got my own. We played a lot of NHL 94 and Mario Kart. I remember we tried playing the Monopoly board game a few times, but it usually ended with us yelling at each other and someone flipping the board. He was the friend that got me a GamePro magazine for my birthday; a moment that was a turning point for me becoming the enthusiast gamer I am now.
    Or craziest story was when we “hacked” our walkie talkies. We each had one made by different companies but they wouldn’t talk to each other. We somehow got the idea to connect the 9V connectors on each walkie talkie to each other and…it worked! They started communicating to each other after that! Still don’t know the science behind it. We could have just called each other, or just yelled out of our bedroom windows at each other cause we were basically neighbours, but we used the walkie talkies instead.
    During our middle school days, his family moved to another part of town. We were at the same school for one more year, but then he had to go to the newly built school by his new home. We would call each other from time-to-time, and even have our parents’ drive us together to hang out, but we lost touch after high school started.
    Many years after the fact, I added him on Facebook, but we never chatted on there. Having checked recently, his account is gone, or I got blocked. I still hope he’s doing well.

  2. I met two friends through our shared love for Pokémon Red and Blue after I moved to a new school in third grade. I’m still friends with both of them to this day. I don’t see them as often due to the distance between us, but we are still fairly close!

  3. Good read! I’m sorry your friends moved away. That’s happened to me, too, and I’ve lost touch with a lot of older friends. v_v
    I think most of my friends throughout my life are/were interested in video games. My old buddy Geoff and I would always bike back to his house after school in 3rd grade to play Killer Instinct and jump on the trampoline. I’m still friends with him but don’t get to chat much at all. v_v Another friend whom I met in college, James, introduced me to A Link to the Past, giving me my own copy to play! Unfortunately, we had a falling out, and I haven’t seen him in years.
    I became connected with the people who are my friends now through video games in college. Long Friday nights were spent in the computer lab playing Smash, Mario Kart, and Soul Caliber and laughing so hard that my sides hurt the next day. One of those friends even lent me his copy of both Twilight Princess and Wind Waker, and now I’m a big ol’ Zelda nerd because of him! We’ve all been friends for over a decade, and I even married one of my gaming friends in college. Gamers are some of the best people, IMO. ^_^

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