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With all this Pokémon Go hype, I thought that maybe we should make a little tour. Tour that will commence in the first gen, and will end in the fourth one. But, well, let’s begin with this first article!
So, what is there to say about these three games? Let’s first talk about a little historic background:
Pokémon Red and Blue (if we do not count the japanese-only Green version) were the first Pokémon games ever released, for the Nintendo Gameboy, in the year 1998. A year later, Pokémon Yellow, a game that would take in consideration several events that happened in the anime (such as having a Pikachu as a starter, or bein able to obtain the three initial Pokémon: Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle) was released for the Nintendo Gameboy Color.
These games, being the most primitive ones (when talking about mechanics) in the franchise, still featured a lot of things that, for a handheld, were quite impressive. As in every game, we would be able to have a team up to six Pokémon, but still we could capture more. After having six Pokémon in our team, all the captured Pokémon would be send to a PC Box. And, that’s where it comes the first problem… Each box had a specific amount of Pokémon that could be stored. And, it’s not like in the new gens, where the box would change automatically. No. We had to go all the way to a Pokémon Center, enter the PC, and manually change the box in which Pokémon were being stored. Also, while we were here, we better store some of our items in there as well, for we had not a unlimited inventory as we have nowadays. Still, if one was a careful player, these restrictions (due to the time) were not to be taken much into account.
The objective of the games is simple, and it can be divided in two: complete the Pokédex, and become the champion. But, in order to become the champion, one must first travel all over the region, gathering gym badges, and then being able to confront the elite 4. After doing so, one will battle against the champion, in order to become the new one.
Now, let’s talk about the soundtrack. Simply, amazing. I wasn’t the best that the Gameboy could offer, but, still, there are some tracks that, even today, I joyfully remember. Who doesn’t loves the Route 1 theme? Who doesn’t get chills whenever Lavender Town theme sounds? Who doesn’t get pumped and is ready to fight when the champion theme sounds? Or, more simply put: who doesn’t have a smile when the main theme sounds?
So, even with all these restrictions, these three games created a solid base in which the franchise would set foot in the future: the teams, the gyms, the league, the music, the gameplay. Let’s see what the second generation constructed above these bases in the next article, for this is all for the first part of this Pokémon special. Stay tuned during the next few days for the next article. And, until the next time we see, Darkaray, is out!