Pokemon Red/Blue

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What you've just clicked on, is the review to easily the most popular videogame ever to hit Nintendo's little black-and-white portable. The game has been available in the states since the end of 1998, but the original Red and Blue editions of Pokemon continue to sell like gangbusters. And there's a reason for that the game isn't just a fad. It's an awesome game worthy of any gamer's Game Boy library.

151 Creatures to Capture
Link cable support for two players
For Game Boy, Super Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advanced

Pokemon started, believe it or not (and you'll be amazed at how many people don't realize it) as a Game Boy RPG back in 1996, in Japan. After two incredibly successful years as a game, a TV show, and a huge merchandise license, decided to bring this over to the US. And guess what? It caught on. And chances are, you've caught it as well.

Here's the deal in Pokemon: you're a kid named Ash (which can be changed within the game, but for now, you'll be known as Ash), who dreams of being a Pokemon master. So, you leave home to fulfill your dream. You'll travel from town to town, defeating each town's Gym master with the Pokemon you've captured and trained, until you earn all the badges necessary to be considered a Pokemon Master.

Pokemon is a very traditional oriented Japanese RPG overhead view, super deformed characters, tile-based dungeons, random creature encounters the works. The appeal of Pokemon, however, is the sheer amount of personality in the game. There are literally more than 150 Pokemon to uncover and capture, and your collection becomes a status symbol how many Pokemon have you found Or, more importantly, how many Pokemon have you captured

See when you encounter a wild Pokemon, you must do battle with it and the only way to do battle with a Pokemon is with another Pokemon. Each of the game's Pokemon has its own strength and weakness, its own attack and defense capabilities. All Pokemon belong to one of fifteen categories, and some types of Pokemon can utterly destroy Pokemon in other categories Fire to Water, Water to Rock, and so on. It literally becomes a game of Rock/Paper/Scissors as you try and discover which Pokemon works best against others.

And the Pokemon you've caught can be traded between your friends in fact, that's the only real way you're going to be able to catch every single one. Between red and blue, there are about a dozen Pokemon you'll never be able to find in each version. You'll have to find someone with the other color version of Pokemon to trade and catch all the Pokemon in the series.

The quest is not extremely difficult, and in some cases it's very straightforward. Still, you'll have to learn strategies in battle to progress through the game, and which Pokemon you choose to train and evolve may affect your progress throughout the quest. Pokemon will literally take you at least 30-40 hours to get through, but that's just to finish the game. Even if you finish the quest, you still might not have all the Pokemon in the game. The challenge to catch 'em all is truly the game's biggest draw.


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Red/Blue Lists - HM's & TM's, Pokemon Center Items, Etc.

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