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…

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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.

Do you have any old friends that you connected with over video games that you may not see as much now? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Throwback Thursday: How I Got My Pokemon Blue Game

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

With the announcement of Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! it’s got me thinking about the original Kanto games that game out in the 90s.

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I didn’t officially start my Pokemon journey until Johto because I was pretty young with Red, Blue, and Yellow came out. The first time I played Kanto was when FireRed and LeafGreen came out, though I had played Yellow and Blue later in life.

I still don’t have Pokemon Red – it’s the last game I need in order to complete my full Pokemon games collection. However, the Gameboy Color games are pretty hard to come by these days.

I ended up getting Pokemon Blue on a whim on day years ago. I was searching eBay (I have no idea why) and I noticed there was Pokemon Blue on auction for a dollar – and there was only 10 minutes left of the auction.

I immediately texted my friend, who I knew had an eBay buyers account, and she let me sign into it so I could give it a go.

Once I was on, I set up a bid and waited. I constantly refreshed the page, but I realized if people hadn’t bid on it yet, who would?

People who wait until others bid on it first because, apparently, people like to wait until the last possible minute to bid so they can get it. Clever, definitely.

Let me tell you – those 10 minutes were the most stressful of my life. I ended up in a bidding war with one other person. For 10 minutes, I upped my bid just just a little bit every few seconds as the other person wasn’t letting up.

I won, needless to say. I remember I refreshed the page when the timer ticked to zero and the other guy’s username was still the latest bid. I’m not sure how I won, but I somehow managed to get my latest bid in right before the end.

I ended up getting Pokemon Blue for $8.00. That’s it.

And it still works.

Are there any games you’ve gotten in a special way? Let me know in the comments below!

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Flashback Friday: Pokemon Red and Blue

Double Jump Kris MiiGuys… We’re a quarter of the way done with 2018. Isn’t that weird?

Tomorrow the 1000th episode of the Pokemon anime will air here in the US. Considering I was in elementary school when this whole Pokemon business first started, that’s an amazing feat! This month, we’re going to take a little look at the original games that started it all — Pokemon Red and Blue.

 

Pokemon Red and Blue were released in the US in September 1998, twenty years ago. In Japan, the Pokemon craze was already in full swing, as the games (with Pokemon Blue under the title Pokemon Green) had been released two years earlier in February. Pokemon Yellow, the special edition of the duo where the protagonist starts with a Pikachu just like Ash in the anime, was released roughly a year after Red and Blue in the US.

In case you’ve lived under a rock, the Pokemon games feature a protagonist who travels throughout the game’s region, catching and training Pokemon to become the very best. Pokemon Red and Blue were the original games, featuring the Kanto region and 150 Pokemon that the protagonist could obtain while trying to “catch ’em all.” The games have been on IGN’s Top 100 Games of All Time list multiple times, as well as being featured in the 2009 Guinness Book of World Records under “Best selling RPG on the GameBoy” and “Best Selling RPG of all time.”

Red and Blue have gotten remakes in the form of FireRed and LeafGreen, both for the GameBoy Advance in 2004. The original Red and Blue were also released on the 3DS family’s Virtual Console as a celebration for the franchise’s 20th anniversary in 2016.

Playing Red and Blue were not my first introduction to the Pokemon games. That honor goes to Pokemon Snap over at a friends’ house, twin girls that I was close with until they moved to another state back in elementary school. Pokemon Snap (and Mario Golf) on the Nintendo 64 were a couple of games that we enjoyed playing, and they introduced me to Red and Blue. I was lucky enough to receive a GameBoy Color and Red, Blue, and Yellow for the handheld from the “Easter Bunny,” later on.

Red and Blue were a couple of games that helped cement my life as a gamer. I have yet to miss a main series Pokemon game, and the franchise has stayed dear to my heart. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what Generation 8 looks like on the Nintendo Switch!

Are you a fan of the Pokemon games? What’s your favorite aspect of the Pokemon franchise?

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Pokemon Blue

Rachel Mii Double JumpPart one of my journey is complete!

I challenged myself to play through all the Pokemon regions before Sun and Moon come out in November.

I played Pokemon Blue, starting at the very roots of the series. I have officially made it through the Kanto region.

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Title: Pokemon Blue
Company: Nintendo
Console: Gameboy
How I got the game: I have the Gameboy cartridge, but I downloaded the game from the 3DS’s Nintendo E-Shop.

My Review:

I was only two-years-old when Pokemon Blue first came out for the Gameboy in February 1996. I always watched Kris play the games, but by the time I was ready to play them myself (not that I was any good at it) Pokemon Gold and Silver had already come out in November 1999.

I started in the Johto region and while I’ve played FireRed and LeafGreen, I always wanted to play the games from the very beginning.

Graphics

Considering the game came out in early 1996, the graphics aren’t that bad. The actual layout of each town and route looks the same as the other games, more or less, other than being in black and white. The sprites of the Pokemon are… interesting, to say the least. Most of the Pokemon look creepy or they’re really fat or they’re abnormally large.

But it’s fun to play in such an old school setting.

Music

Pokemon music is the best. Listening to nostalgic Pokemon music is even better. Unless it’s Lavender Town.

Controls

The controls in this game are definitely different compared to the controls in the newer games. For example, instead of just standing in front of a tree and pressing the “A” button, you have to stand in front of the tree, open the menu, click Pokemon, then find the Pokemon who knows the move Cut. Then tell them to use it. There’s a lot of unnecessary steps.

There’s a limited amount of items you can hold at one time. I had no idea that was a thing. You don’t know how many people yelled at me when they tried to give me things.

Also… The walking. I don’t know how people used to play the games without the running shoes.

Story

Like every other Pokemon game, you play the “hero.” While trying to “catch them all” and “be the very best” you must save the entire world and the whole Pokemon species from Team Rocket. Which is not something you signed up for.

Yet it’s a classic.

Overall

This game is hard. I remember it took me about 24 hours (or something around there) to complete Pokemon X. When I hit 24 hours on Pokemon Blue I was just going up against the sixth gym badge in Fushia City.

I didn’t realize how much grinding there needed to be before and after the first gym badge. In between the other badges, there was enough trainers and side story to level up, but I think it took me five hours alone just to get to the first gym. Whether that’s normal or just me, I don’t know.

I know this is the first game in the series, but this is a great starting point for people who are just starting out on Pokemon. There are no abilities, no genders–therefore no breeding–trading isn’t as easy and common as it is now… All you really need to know are the types of the Pokemon and the move types. And, if you’re new to Pokemon, that can take a while to learn. I still forget sometimes and I’ve been playing these games for most of my life.

Either way, it was great to start at the roots of the Pokemon series. I feel accomplished that I have finally played through the very first game of the Kanto region.

Pokemon Blue gets…
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Top Tuesday: Kanto Pokemon

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

As many of you know, I’ve been doing a playthrough of the Pokemon games in order by the regions.

Since I played Pokemon Blue this month, I thought I would share my favorite Kanto Pokemon.

5. Gengar

Gengar is cool. All of his evolutions are. I also think Gengar is pretty cute. Creepy, but I’m sure if you get to know him, he’s pretty cute.

4. Eevee

Tell me who doesn’t love Eevee.

3. Oddish

When I was younger, I had a fascination with Oddish. I don’t really know why, but Oddish is adorable. So that’s good enough reason.

2. Psyduck

People don’t give Psyduck nearly enough credit.

1. Charmander

Fire is my favorite type so Charmander is always my go-to guy. He’s adorable, powerful, and I just can’t get enough of him.

What are you favorite Pokemon from the Kanto region?

Pokemon Blue Update

Rachel Mii Double JumpHello, hello!

The month of June has flown by! So it’s time for an update on my Pokemon Playthrough.

Or… lack of.

I decided to play through each Pokemon region for each month leading up to the release of Pokemon Sun and Moon.

Starting with Kanto, I’ve been playing Pokemon Blue since the beginning of June.

Now. Cue the excuses:

  • The end of the school year is a hectic one when you’re a teacher
  • The weather is so beautiful that I’ve been sitting outside to read. I tried to bring my 3DS outside, but I couldn’t see the screen.
  • I’ve been playing other games.
  • I’ve had other work to do such as blogging or writing.
  • June is always a busy month with birthdays, end of the school year activities, Father’s Day, etc.
  • I thought I had more time until I realized the other day that June is just about over.

Why am I giving you guys a list of excuses? Well, I was supposed to give you an update on where I am in Pokemon Blue. When I decided to do an update for it I thought I would at least be halfway done with the game.

Nope.

I just got to Cerulean City. And by that I mean I just got to that city yesterday. And by that I mean I just got my first gym badge yesterday.

Yes. I’m a little slow, I know.

I am determined to beat the game by the end of the month. I still have another week and a half and things are beginning to settle down. I’m sure I’ll be able to find the time to play Pokemon.

So that’s where I stand with the game so far.

Do you think I can make it to the end by the end of the month?

Pokemon: Past and Future

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I hope you’re not sick of all the Pokemon related posts yet, haha!

To wrap up February’s celebration of 20 years of Pokemon, here’s a post dedicated to the first generation of the amazing franchise: Red, Blue, and Yellow!

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I had gotten all three of the first generation of Pokemon games eons ago with the translucent purple GameBoy Color nearly twenty years ago on a very happy Easter morning. I had just recently joined the Pokemon fandom thanks to a couple of good friends way back from elementary school, and they were awestruck when I showed them my Pokemon Yellow game days later.

Since then, I’ve been hooked. I have enjoyed every new Pokemon game since the first generation, with the vast regions, new Pokemon, the music, and game play… It’s definitely a franchise that I cannot imagine dying off.

The games have only improved throughout the years (with some, uh, hiccups in my opinion around the fifth generation there) and now we’ve gotten word of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon for the next installments! Not much was shown from them aside from a few early art concepts, but it was revealed that Red, Blue, and Yellow can transfer Pokemon to Pokemon Bank to Sun and Moon. We could be playing with our first generation of favorites in the seventh generation games!

Seven generations of Pokemon games in 20 years… Can you believe it? Here’s hoping for 20 more years!

Which generation of Pokemon got you hooked? Any certain favorites?