Many of you loved Pokemon as your childhood, many of you who were not born then but do take an interest in Pokemon right now all remember the first 151 Pokemon from the first generation. I’ve been watching a few episodes from the first series and I’m remembering all my Primary School memories. Not just from the show but the card collection, I remember buying loads of Pokemon cards, taking them to school and trading them for rare ones with friends. Back then all I cared about was Pokemon only, collecting the cards and my mum bought me the Pikachu N64 and Pokemon Stadium 1 and 2. I remember battling Pokemon on my small television with my friends with more controllers. Then came along the Game Boy colour versions Pokemon Blue, Red and Yellow which were a big hit back in that decade and still are a hit in this decade but more as a collectable. I remember sitting there on my Pink Game Boy Colour and collecting Pokemon, battling and trying to become the best in my class at school, of course I never was. I also remember walking into a sweet shop near where my school was, it’s closed down now which was a shame and I used to buy these Pokemon balls with candy inside them with a free Pokemon toy. I collected near enough ten which then over the years, I lost.
I regret losing everything I had as a child but when you’re at that age, when something gets boring you get rid of straight away and in the future you realise that it’s either worth a lot of you’re wanting to buy them all again which is something that I’m doing at the moment. I’m starting off my Pokemon collection again firstly by starting off with the simple games. The Game Boy Colour games first off followed by the Game Boy Advance games. The first original Pokemon games that were released were not released in this country first, but in Japan which has four version called: Blue, Red, Green and Yellow. When they were released in this country, Pokemon Green was not released, and to this day I have no answer for that happening. But people will say that you can get the Green version on Game Boy Colour, yes you can but it isn’t legit, it’s a bootleg (Fake) which means someone has modded/altered it and released an unofficial version of the game that doesn’t exist. You can find the original Japanese versions on eBay which are really expensive to purchase. You’re looking up to £50 British Pounds just for all four which isn’t including the postage and packaging. For the full English versions of Blue, Red and Yellow you can find on both Amazon and eBay.
For the Game Boy versions of Pokemon I also forgot to mention that there isn’t just Yellow, Blue and Red but other versions such as: Gold, Crystal and Silver versions which were released after the first three. There has been a reported common fault with all games after a long period of time the save file will delete itself because the save battery inside the games themselves only last a few years, also depending on the condition you keep your cartridge in, it might last longer. You can replace the battery but if you do then you will lose your save file. If you’re willing to go out there and spend a little more cash then you can buy both Mega Memory Card for your Game Boy, that will let you copy your save files onto the Mega Memory then save them onto your computer. Yet again it’s both easy and simple to do if you follow Youtube videos.
Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire were then both released on the new Game Boy Advance versions. Better graphics, sound quality and more Pokemon to collect and battle. Pokemon Leaf Green and Fire Red were then released and soon after Emerald which is the last Game Boy Advance (GBA) to have been released before the Nintendo DS series. I’m not going to get much into the DS series because I’ve only downloaded them to my R4 and haven’t really played them all through fully. All the games are pretty much following Ash’s life, from the first episode you wake up in bed in a small town and today is the day that you get your first Pokemon. In every Pokemon game you will choose from three Pokemon: Water Type, Fire Type or Grass Type and the one that you will choose the other alternate character in the game (Your best friend) will choose a type after you and will always pick a type that is stronger than yours. Each game has their own little storyline but alongside that is a big adventure, you can explore different towns and collect many wild and rare Pokemon. Honestly, these games will never bore you and truthfully these games will be around for many more years to come.
Moving on with the Pokemon card collection, in the 1990′s before more Pokemon were introduced after the first original 151 there was a card collection. All to be collected in order and each individual card would hold some sort of value to either be traded or purchased. I tried collecting the whole card collection but in all honesty, it was an achievement I never achieved. I accidentally traded a Shiny Garados (Water Type) to someone for a bloody crappy Squirtle (Water Type) because back then I thought Suirtle was rare until I realised it wasn’t. The collection came in all forms, shiny cards which were more in value alongside with Japanese cards which a lot of kids back then wanted. Along came the first movie of Pokemon and when you went to the cinemas you got a free Pokemon Promo movie card and mine was Mewto. I believe that there were more than just one to collect but all I got was just one simple stupid card that no one wanted to trade and it wasn’t like I wanted to get rid of it anyway. I just wanted to see what other people thought and a lot of people had the same card as mine. When Pokemon later became unpopular in my school, this girl called Hayley gave me her whole collection in a plastic folder for three smelly gel pens (Pens that had a smelly ending) and I seemed to be the only one in my year who still kept Pokemon in fashion even though I wasn’t popular or anything so I kept it to myself.
My mum purchased me the Nintendo 64 Pikachu console alongside with a Pokemon game called Pokemon Stadium 64 and that games had many features. A lot features from battling other Pokemon in the competitions or playing small mini games which were really not that good. You could also verse Mewto the strongest Pokemon of that time but I never beat him. He was always a challenge for me. One day I stupidly sold all Nintendo 64 console and games for £20 which was the worst fucking mistake of my life. I mean, now the console is pretty much hard to get as it is and I stupidly sold it for such a low price. If I were to go back in time right now, I would take that console by force and keep it with me at all times. I cannot believe I was that stupid to give up such a beautiful and perfect console. The Pokemon fad of my generation slowly became unpopular but still managed to keep itself going on TV with today of having fifteen seasons and still currently being aired today (2012). I’m currently in the process of keeping up with there are over one thousand Pokemon episodes and it’s going to take A LOT of times just to get to the new episodes. As I was saying about the original 151 Pokemon and then more afterwards were introduced and up until today I’m not sure how many there are but there are quite a lot to remember and most of them either look stupid or have stupid names. Below are all the names and the type of Pokemon that they are. A lot of them you will be familiar with especially from the first 151 generation but the rest I haven’t a bloody clue aha!
|NATIONAL POKÉDEX №||ENGLISH NAME||JAPANESE NAME||JOHTO №||HOENN №||SINNOH №||UNOVA №(OLD)||EVOLUTION|
|122||Mr. Mime||Barrierd||158||233||095||–||Egg/Mime Jr.|
As you can see there is a hell of a lot of Pokemon in that list. The episodes first started off with a trainer called Ash Ketchum who firsts starts off with a Pokemon called Pikachu (Electric Type) which becomes Ash’s best friend. When Ash leaves home his adventure slowly begins to build up as he meets his second partner Misty. Mist is a young stuck up moany girl who keeps on following Ash because he broke her bike but that isn’t the case, she follows him because like herself, she wants adventure and to be a trainer. Both Ash and Misty come face to face with a Rock Gym Leader called Brock who then joins the journey to become a Pokemon breeder. Along their journey’s all three of them are being followed by the evil Team Rocket which consists of two humans called Jessie and James and one Pokemon called Meowth. All they do is cause trouble for Brock, Ash and Misty but they always seem to be losing all of the time. Pokemon is all about the long journey, collecting rare and valuable Pokemon and pretty much becoming the best trainer out there. The games all follow a similar storyline but you don’t have followers just opponents. So I will be reliving the Pokemon journey from scratch and I hope to build my knowledge back up but only with the first 151 Pokemon generation only. I refuse to get into the new series because they aren’t my childhood. I know that you cannot get any of the first seasons on DVD, but download only.
The image just above is of Misty, Ash and Brock. These first three trainers are the first generation of Pokemon trainers that venture out to become the best. Pokemon will always be around as for its fans that abandoned this fad I hope they will return to this beautiful creation. More posts will come of my collection and I’m hoping to collect them all!