Retro Monday: Pokémon Blue Version (GBC)

Ah, yes! Pokemon is one of the biggest defining features of my childhood, as it is for most ’90s babies. Let’s get started, shall we?

As we all know, Pokemon Red & Blue were released for the Game Boy Color in September 1998 throughout North America. Developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo, these role-playing games (RPGs) literally kept stores from keeping them in stock. The games were influenced off the card game and the video games influenced the anime. You, as the player, control the protagonist from an overhead perspective and travel throughout the Kanto region. During your journey, your main objective is to complete your PokeDex the Pokemon professor, Professor Oak, provides you. He will also provide you one starter Pokemon of your choice: Squirtle, the water-type; Charmander, the fire-type; or Bulbasaur, the grass-type. Whichever you choose, your rival will pick the Pokemon that has the type advantage over yours. There are 151 Pokemon in the game; however, some Pokemon cannot be found in this version (I’ll get to that later, as well). As you travel to different cities and towns finding and collecting new Pokemon in Kanto, you can test your skills as a trainer against other trainers.

There are many different kind of Pokemon trainers. Your rival, random trainers standing patiently and Team Rocket to name a few. After you pick your starter, your rival will want to test his Pokemon against yours. This should be an easy battle, but don’t be discouraged if you lose. Afterward, you battle Bug Catchers summoning caterpillars and worms to fight your Pokemon when you get through Viridian City to Viridian Forest. As you continue, trainers get tougher and stronger. Most of the cities and towns have Pokemon Gyms. Here, you will challenge the eight gym leaders. After knocking out all of the leader’s Pokemon, he/she will award you with a badge and a move to teach your Pokemon (called a TM, or technical machine). The more badges you collect, the stronger you and your Pokemon get. However, some of these badges are required to move on in the game. Certain badges allow you to use an HM (Hidden Move) to get to the next city by water (HM 03 Surf) or to move a bolder (HM 04 Strength).

After collecting all 8 badges, you can take on the Elite 4. Be ready, because these trainers are good… really good. So good that you can call them professional. This is the second main objective in the game, although it is indirect. Honestly, it is assumed that the player’s objective is to become Pokemon League Champion. After you defeat Champion Lance, the last of the Elite 4, he tells you that you would be the champion if it were not for one other trainer… your rival. The same rival that you faced in Professor Oak’s lab.

As I said previously, it is possible to obtain all 151 Pokemon. But, first, you’ll need to own Blue Version’s counterpart, Red Version. Some Pokemon can only be found in either Version, so you’ll want to trade Pokemon from Version to Version via Game Link Cable. You can also trade Pokemon with other trainers in-game that does not require the link cable.

If you want more information, you can always visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pokémon_Red_and_Blue. If you are looking for wiki-site truly dedicated to Pokemon, visit http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Main_Page. You can look up a certain Pokemon you’re looking for, a gym leader, how-to… pretty much anything you want to know.

To conclude, I highly recommend playing through this gem. If you can’t find a reasonable price for  the actual cartridge, you can play for FREE here: http://www.playr.org/games. But keep it between us, okay? I want to thank you so much for reading. I understand that this isn’t, by any means, professional; amateur at the very best.

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