If it’s Red & Blue, Ruby & Sapphire or X & Y most of us would have started our Pokemon journey somewhere. I started 12 years ago when my dad bought me a GameBoy Colour for my sixth birthday, and along with it came my first Pokemon game, Red. A lot like other 6 year olds, I didn’t know how to play games properly, so I got my starter Pokemon the highest level I could. But the true love all started with Pokemon Diamond, and, since that day, I have played (almost) every Pokemon game. I don’t like to brag but I am a Pokemon master… but isn’t everyone?
Pokemon has been around for almost 20 years in February and that is a massive milestone in any game series, to have lasted that long, in a tough crowd full of new games. But, as games evolved, so did Pokemon. Starting out in 8-bit with Red and Green in Japan, 2 years ago they had their first world realise all at the same time in 3D with X and Y and next year we will have Pokemon Go on our smart phones. Pokemon has come such a long way and I feel so proud.
I will now sum up a few bits of each generation starting with one and ending with 3 and in the next post will be 4 to 6.
In the rest of the world apart from Japan, Red and Blue came out mid Nineties and children everywhere went crazy for it. This Introduced these creatures with different types (Link to Types and what was effective) that you could level up to fight other people’s. Set in the Kanto region you could trade with your friends with a link cable for and when you traded that Hunter over you was in for a surprise, it evolved! But the main reason for the game is to catch every Pokemon and to obtain all 8 badges and challenge the elite four and you faced off against your rival at every opportunity. After these games became popular they put out an anime and a trading card game, then yellow was born, what changed in this game was that it was more like the anime so all the Pokemon sprites changed and that Pikachu (Pokemon’s mascot) followed you, just like ash.
In generation 2 came Gold and Silver was realised in the uk in April 2001 and Crystal November 2001 the next craze in the Pokemon world with introducing new Pokemon types Steel and Dark. It started of a trend which carried on through the years, they put legendaries on the front of the box Ho-oh for Gold and Lugia Silver and had a chosen legend to be the star of the game (besides you of course). They also introduced 100 new Pokemon, some were new evolution lines and others added on the older Pokemon. But there was one more catch, you could travel to the first region, Kanto these games were set 3 years in the future. Another mascot for Pokemon came out of the anime, and its name was Togepi.
Ah generation 3, this is where the Pokemon world starts to get interesting and adventures out to more than the main games. But before I get to that in Ruby and Sapphire set in Hoenn was realised in November 2002 and this added 135 new Pokemon including the legendary Pokemon on the front of the boxes Kyogre and Groudon. Thing that were new in these games were the running shoes giving the player the ability to run, double battle, being able to battle two Pokemon at a time. Next up in January 2004 and 4 came the remakes of Red and Green and was called Fire Red and Leaf Green not much has changed apart from a new area where you can catch a legend the you caught somewhere different in the first game. Then came Emerald in September 2004 where is was concentrated on the legend Rayquaza. Now the Side games in Pokemon and these two are the most popular series of all the side games, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Red and Blue Rescue team this is where you played as a human turned into a Pokemon and has no memory of their previous life apart from the name which you choose. Last but not least Pokemon Ranger, now this was one of my favourite few games where you drew circles around a Pokemon to temporarily keep them with you to help you calm other Pokemon and it was truly a great game.