Date Completed: December 28th, 2016
One day one of my college roommates said unto me “Mike, you should try playing Pokemon. You may think it’s just a game for kids, however I think you will be surprised to find that is is a surprisingly good RPG.” I trusted my roommate’s opinion so went off to the store to purchase a copy. The nearest used video game story was a place by the name of ‘Funcoland’ (Since purchased by GameStop) however due to several bad experiences there we usually pronounced the name without the first ‘n’. My roommate owned Pokemon Blue so I decided to purchase Pokemon Yellow. After buying the game we went to the adjacent store and found Pokemon Yellow on sale BRAND NEW for 10$ cheaper. So I bought Pokemon Yellow again and returned the first copy.
I was surprised to find that Pokemon was a surprisingly good RPG and I played the crap out of that little cartridge. With my roommate’s help I managed to catch the first 150 Pokemon ( I didn’t know about the Mew glitch so I sadly never caught 151 ). I really got into Pokemon after that. I bought Pokemon Gold when it came out, and we had copies of Pokemon Stadium and Pokemon Snap in the apartment.
I don’t own my original cartridge anymore so when Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow came out for the 3DS virtual console I jumped at the opportunity to take a walk down memory lane.
Something I learned about the past is that you can never go back. Pokemon Yellow has not aged well. Lots of frustrating mechanics have been ironed out in the many, many games released since generation I. I forced myself to play all the way through to the end, although I ended up taking many breaks.
I had taken my kids to one of the Pokemon card events at Toys R Us and overheard a portly nerd in the line in front of my discussing the recently released Pokemon virtual console games. “Of course I bought all three of them!” he explained to another portly nerd. I’m happy to say I’m not that guy anymore. I enjoyed the nostalgia but I’m only going to stick with just this one game.
- Is it fun: Yes
- Score: 5/10
- Length: ~20 hours
- System: Nintendo 3DS
- Genre: RPG