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#PokémonTalk – List Of Games (Released GameBoy Versions)

Over the years the Pokémon world was developed with new ideas and elements which derived from the first concepts presented in the first game ever released. I presented the first generation games in a previous article but now I am going to present in detail – the first part of the long list that comprise the Pokémon affiliated titles.

The Pokémon world is the main planet where humans and Pokémon live. The Pokémon world looks and acts like the real world in terms of geography. Each have land-forms, oceans of water and temperatures to support life, meaning that the Pokémon world is about the same size and same distance from the sun as the real world. Humans and nature in the Pokémon world are linked to each other, as many towns are built around the natural environment. The Pokémon world is split into several regions, Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, and Alola among them. These regions are large land-forms much like continents in the real world, that support a large political region. Off these regions are islands that are not part of any region. These islands are grouped together to create one small region like the Orange Islands and the Sevii Islands. Though there are many similarities between them, there are some major differences between the regions, such as what Pokémon are located there and what legends there are waiting to be uncovered.

The natural environment in the Pokémon world is much similar to the real Earth’s environment. Areas with a high density of trees make up forests, landscapes that receive very little precipitation create deserts, while loose broken-up particles of rock make large coastal beaches attracting people and Pokémon alike. The Hoenn and the Sinnoh regions boast many dramatic environments ranging from rain-forests to deserts. The Pokémon world is mainly green and lush, based on factors such as plant structures including trees, shrubs, and grasses. Grass is usually uncontrolled and makes tall grass patches that form prime habitats for wild Pokémon – as seen from the first Pokémon game.

Konachan.com - 205077 all_male blastoise charizard clouds group hat hibiki lapras male pikachu pokemon red_eyes serain short_hair shorts typhlosion venusaur wristwearBased on this world more than 120 titles were released for the public as official games – and we can add numerous titles to this list because mods and fan-creations also launched during the ongoing development of new generation of games.

Pokémon Red Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスター 赤 Pocket Monsters: Red) and Pokémon Green Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスター 緑 Pocket Monsters: Green) were the first Pokémon games ever released to the public, in Japan on February 27, 1996. Much as would become standard, Red and Green were later joined by a solitary version, Pokémon Blue, which slightly improved upon their features, and eventually Pokémon Yellow, a second solitary version based on the anime – which allows you to play with Pikachu from the very beginning and not searching for it in the Viridian forest to capture.

Red and Green introduced the gameplay concepts that went on to provide the standard for games in the core series and later provided part of the basis for the first international games in the series, Pokémon Red and Blue Versions, which use the obtainable Pokémon from Red and Green and the engine and script from the Japanese Pokémon Blue Version.

In 1999, the sequels to these games, Pokémon Gold and Silver were released with the Game Boy Color in mind but remaining playable on the original Game Boy like Red and Green. In 2004, the remakes of these games were released for the Game Boy Advance as Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

The FireRed version I plan to play these upcoming weeks since I want to play a Pokemon game similar to the first released but with improved graphics. I used to play it a couple of years back on my tablet and on my phone but I want to make some videos for Youtube so I will use an emulator on my laptop.

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Each game contains pre-recorded data on 151 different species of Pokémon, including Mew, a Pokémon even Nintendo was not aware of initially. However, not all Pokémon are available to the player, regardless of version; trades must occur between players in order to complete their Pokédex without the use of cheats or glitches. In addition, Mew is not normally obtainable in either game; the only legitimate way to obtain Mew is through a Nintendo sponsored event.

Red and Green begin the Pokémon series in the region of Kanto, where players play the role of Red (standard name which can be changed at the beginning of the game), a ten-year-old boy who has just started his journey as a Pokémon Trainer from Pallet Town, on the same day as his Blue, who is Red’s rival and the grandson of the local authority on Pokémon, Professor Oak. Oak lets the two boys choose a starter Pokémon, a choice of the Grass-type Bulbasaur, the Fire-type Charmander, or the Water-type Squirtle (and with the player’s rival choosing the Pokémon that has a type advantage over the player’s Pokémon). Oak also gives them a Pokédex and asks them to catch all the Pokémon in the region.

You can battle, catch and transfer creatures in order to complete your collection. A good strategy of obtaining all the available Pokemon is by battling and evolving them. But this requires hours of searching the same zones for wild Pokemon and then traveling back to a Pokemon center to heal the owed ones. You can purchase potions for various effects but since you can gain monetary items only by confronting other trainers – you can’t get enough money to continually purchase life potions.

Pokémon Blue Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスター 青 Pocket Monsters: Blue) is the third core series Pokémon game for Game Boy, released in Japan on October 15, 1996 exclusively to subscribers of CoroCoro Comic and on October 10, 1999 to general retail as a minor revision of Pokémon Red and Green Versions, which were released earlier that year. It was thus the first solitary version in the core series Pokémon games. On November 12, 2015, a Nintendo Direct announced that Blue will be released in Japan on February 27, 2016, the Pokémon 20th Anniversary, for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.

Various fixes in the game include a graphics and sound upgrade, as well as the removal of several known glitches that had been found in the original pair. Outside of Japan, its graphics, game engine, and script formed the basis of Pokémon Red and Blue, while the wild Pokémon and game-exclusive Pokémon lists were changed to match Red and Green.

Blue did not introduce any new Pokémon and so, the 151 present in Red and Green are the only ones obtainable. Like Red and Green, some Pokémon are missing from Blue and must be traded from another game to complete the Pokédex or evolved from less powerful forms.

Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version were the first Pokémon games to be released outside of Japan, becoming available in North America on September 28, 1998, in Australia and New Zealand on October 23, 1998 and in Europe on October 5, 1999. In North America, the pair closely followed the debut of the anime’s English dub, which began airing on September 8, 1998 and within a year, Pokémon was well known as a popular Nintendo franchise.

On November 12, 2015, a Nintendo Direct announced that the Red and Blue games will be released in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on February 27, 2016, the Pokémon 20th Anniversary, for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. Unlike later generations, Red and Blue were not the same as their corresponding Japanese releases Pokémon Red and Green. Besides Pokémon distribution, the aspects of Red and Blue such as graphics, script, and sprite designs are instead based on Pokémon Blue.

Despite being released towards the end of Game Boy’s lifespan, they quickly became the best-selling non-bundled games released for the Game Boy as well as being the best-selling role-playing games of all time.

Illustrating the original Pokémon gameplay concepts, the player begins his game in Pallet Town, a small town in the Kanto region, on the same day as his former best friend and now rival. Professor Oak calls the player to his laboratory, and allows the player to choose from the three Kanto starter Pokémon: the Grass-type Bulbasaur, the Fire-type Charmander, or the Water-type Squirtle. After the rival displays jealously, he chooses the starter that has a type advantage against the player’s chosen starter and challenges the player to a preliminary battle. Afterwards, the player leaves for his journey across the region, challenging 8 Gym Leaders and other Trainers until he reaches the ultimate goal: the Pokémon League at the Indigo Plateau.

Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition (Japanese: ポケットモンスター ピカチュウ Pocket Monsters: Pikachu), often known as Pokémon Yellow Version, is the third Pokémon game for Game Boy released worldwide, as a solitary version of Pokémon Red and Blue Versions. In Japan, the game was the fourth Pokémon game released, as a second solitary version of Pocket Monsters Red & Green. Unlike other games, Pokemon Yellow was inspired by the anime.

Similar to Red and Blue, Yellow arrived towards the end of the Game Boy’s lifespan. It managed, though, to receive the title of second best-selling non-bundled game for its console, losing only to its predecessors. On November 12, 2015, a Nintendo Direct announced that Yellow will be released in Japan, North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on February 27, 2016, the Pokémon 20th Anniversary, for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.

Generation VII games heavily inspired by Pokémon Yellow, titled Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, are slated to be released worldwide for Nintendo Switch in November 2018, two months after Yellow’s 20th anniversary in Japan.

I’ve played a few hours each of the original Pokemon games – Red, Green, Blue and Yellow – managing to capture and level up some of the Pokemon. As examples – in Pokemon: Red I chose Charmander and used it to help other captured creatures when their heath points were low. In Pokemon: Yellow – I went with the option of raising Pikachu and Rattata as primary battling creatures. I didn’t like the Green version that much because the translations were horrible and I played Blue only for a couple of hours. As I was saying – I want to start playing the FireRed version sometime the upcoming week and write an article regarding the walk-through, along with some videos I will upload on Youtube.

Also regarding the soundtrack used in the games and which I absolutely adore – all the versions except Yellow have the same soundtrack, the Yellow version has three extra tracks.

Game Boy: Entire Pokémon Sounds Collection CD (Japanese: ゲームボーイ「ポケモン」のサウンドがまるごと入って、遊べるCD) is the official soundtrack release for Pokémon Red, Green and Blue.

It was released exclusively in Japan on November 1, 1997 as an album. It has not been released in digital format on the iTunes Store unlike the other soundtracks, including in Japan. It is also the only core series game soundtrack so far to not be announced for an international release.

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You can listen the tracks on Khinsider’s Pokemon Sound Collection page and you can find out more about the music on Video Game Music Database page.

 

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Pokemon – What’s New?

Browsing the web for Pokemon updates and news I found some articles really interesting regarding what’s been happening lately in the Pokemon community.

Many articles debate the upcoming two games for Nintendo Switch – Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!. The games are currently being polished – I think they are in some advanced beta stage and the release date will be November 16. Just as we were used for Pokemon games to be released – with multiple versions of the same game but with little differences between them – these two will not stray from the rule.

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Logically – you can choose either Pikachu or Eevee and the battling system and the encounters will differ. Also some of the creatures can be captured in one game, others only in the second version. For example, Oddish, Sandshrew, and Growlithe only appear in the wild in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, while it is known that Bellsprout, Vulpix, and Meowth are only found in the wild in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!.

The game will include known rules for Pokemon games as battling and catching creatures. I think that the games will feature only first generation of Pokemon – from what I’ve seen in the revealed screenshots. Also the wild Pokemon can be seen in the grass – so you will know what you are up to catch.

Another interesting thing is the upcoming movie – Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us. With only a limited theatrical release – also in November and December – the story of Ash and Pikachu will once again will capture the attention of the audience.

Merchandise seems to continually hit the market – from new figures, to clothing articles, books and food – retailer BoxLunch just released some Pokemon themed ice cream cones – for the days left of this summer.

Online tournaments and real-life events as the Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago are still bringing fans together. I’ve seen also updates in the podcast area and people are still getting involved in various activities regarding Pokemon. And as for me I started playing Pokemon Duel today – which can be downloaded from the Google Play Pokemon Duel Page. I plan a separate article regarding the game – for now I’ve collected a few figures and starting playing against online players. And since I left my phone to recharge I am listening the the mix below.

Pokemon: Everyone’s Story – Trailer and News

658030470ece4187b213febd7d052761This July – a new Pokemon movie will be released in Japan – named Pokemon: Everyone’s Story.

The film will be a continuation of the last year’s movie Pokemon: I Choose You.

The release date is mentioned to be 07.13.2018.

The movie will introduce a new electric-type Pokemon named Zeraora, which will also feature in the Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games.

Below are the trailer and a teaser video depicting the action that will take place in the new movie.

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Pokemon FireRed & LeafGreen Soundtrack and other Pokemon Ramblings

Monday mood.

Yesterday I played some Pokemon Red, getting experience points for the Pokemons I’ve caught, leveling up my Rattata and capturing some other Pokemon. I decided that I will try to complete the collection of Pokemon by capturing wild ones and evolving the ones I already have. Currently I am battling with Rattata as mentioned – I have it at level 10 but only at level 20 it evolves into Raticate. Also by capturing new ones – I can complete the Pokedex quest. The entries for Rattata are shown below.

Screenshot-2018-4-23 Rattata (Pokémon) - Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia

I was thinking about completing at least one of the first-generation games (Red, Blue, Green, Yellow versions), made for Gameboy before moving unto FireRed version – for Gameboy Advance. And apparently – the soundtrack stuck with me, because I am listening the FireRed/GreenLeaf soundtrack right now – doing stuff at job. Below you also have some of the recorded gameplays I’ve uploaded.

Pokemon Red Gameplay 04 – Rattata Level 10 [Viridian Forest]

Pokemon Red (Pallet Town – Leveling Up Charmander To Level 9)

Pokemon Yellow – Pallet Town (Leveling Up Pikachu To Level 8)

#PokemonTalk: First Generation Games

So today I want to talk about the first generation of Pokemon Games. I’ve been a fan of Pokemon since I first saw the TV ad on one of our national TV channels – I was like 12 or 13 – and since that day I fell in love with the Pokemon Universe.

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And it is so popular and expanded it can be found anywhere on this planet – especially in Japan – where you have Pokemon-themed cafes and airplanes and trains and tons of collectibles.. So over the years – I played some of the games – watched the anime series and re-watched them, collected some cards and figures – this happened more recently – since my old collection of Pokemon cards is gone now :(.

And since I really want to play more of the games – I wanted to start experimenting again with the first generation of Pokemon games. I don’t really enjoy this generation since it lacks lots of features and seems quite ancient – but starting with FireRed – I want to play and to upload videos of the gaming sessions.

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First Generation Pokemon Games

All titles in this generation were released for the Game Boy.

Title Japan America Europe
Pokémon Red February 27, 1996 September 30, 1998 October 5, 1999
Pokémon Green February 27, 1996 unreleased unreleased
Pokémon Blue October 15, 1996 September 30, 1998 October 5, 1999
Pokémon Yellow September 12, 1998 October 19, 1999 June 16, 2000

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Additional Information:

Original release dates:

  • JP: February 27, 1996
  • NA: September 28, 1998
  • EU: October 5, 1999
  • AU: October 23, 1998

Notes:

  • Known in Japan as Poketto Monsutā Aka (ポケットモンスター 赤, lit. “Pocket Monsters Red”) and Poketto Monsutā Ao (ポケットモンスター 青, lit. “Pocket Monsters Blue”) respectively. Along with Poketto Monsutā Midori (ポケットモンスター緑, lit. “Pocket Monsters Green”) which was released along with Red in Japan.
  • The first titles in the Pokémon series.
  • Red and Green were sold first in Japan, with Blue released a few months later with updated graphics and dialogue.
  • The American releases were Blue and Red, featuring the Pokémon distribution of Japanese Red and Green, and the updates from the Japanese Blue.
  • The three games combined have sold more than any other Game Boy game.
  • Enhanced remakes of Red and Green, called Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, were released in 2004 for Game Boy Advance.
  • Red, Green and Blue were re-released on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in 2016.

Original release dates:

  • JP: September 12, 1998
  • NA: October 18, 1999
  • AU: September 3, 1999
  • EU: June 16, 2000

Notes:

  • Known in Japan as Poketto Monsutā Pikachū (ポケットモンスターピカチュウ, lit. “Pocket Monsters Pikachu”).
  • Unique because your main Pokémon (Pikachu) follows behind you, becoming the first Pokémon game to do so.
  • Director’s cut version of Pokémon Red and Blue. It is a memorial version of anime.
  • Packaged as a Game Boy title outside Japan, but is actually a Game Boy Color title in those regions.
  • Yellow was re-released on Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in 2016.

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Pokémon Red Version (JP) and Pokémon Blue Version (JP), along with Pokémon Green (Japan only), are the first Pokémon games ever released in America, Europe, and Australia. They are currently some of the best selling. The two games were released alongside each other, each containing minor differences. In the titles, the player longs to become the greatest Pokémon Trainer by capturing and raising species known as Pokémon. In the games there are 151 Pokémon that could be caught.

So basically all these first generation games follow up the story of you entering the world of Pokemon – choosing one starting Pokemon and then exploring and battling other wild ones or trainers.

I was playing a while ago Pokemon FireRed on my tablet and managed to capture like 30 Pokemon – and I want to start playing the game with an emulator on my laptop to create some videos for YouTube. I tried recording some footage with the first gen games but the emulator doesn’t allow video recording… only screenshots – so the photos above with the Blue and the Green editions are from the emulated versions of the games.

Another fact that I find interesting is about the differences in these versions of the games. In some you cannot find the Pokemons from another version. Also Pokemon Yellow Edition has story elements that aren’t found in any of the previous editions. But more interesting stuff is described in the video below.

For now I will play some Pokemon Red or Blue and experiment a little bit with Pokemon Yellow. The Green Version has awful translations and everything seems messed up – for example Pokemon are called Pets and Prof. Oak has some sort of dinosaur species name. The poor translations make it quite unplayable for a foreign audience.

I also wanted to mention that #PokemonTalk will become a series regarding everything I post about Pokemon – so – whenever I have time and I have the mood for discussing this topic – I will post new #PokemonTalk articles.

Gotta catch ’em all! Cheers!!!

 

 

 

Pokemon TCG [Useful Links]

So this morning I woke up thinking about the good old Pokemon Trading Cards I used to collect when I was younger. There was Pokemon on TV, it was summer and me and all my friends were collecting these cards and these coins and even figurines.

MewtwoBaseSet10There were croissants with Pokemon stickers, chewing gum, sodas, envelopes with cards and Pikachu-shaped erasers – all these having something Pokemon-themed attached. But what I enjoyed most were the Trading Cards. Too bad I don’t have any of them anymore – only the base set which I printed myself at my job. Aaaaand – because I kinda obsessed with Pokemon – and I am not the only one out there [despite my age] I wanted to give you some useful links which can help you find info and images of the Pokemon Trading Card Packs.

And I am writing this post while listening to a Pokemon Podcast from The National Dex.

The Pokémon Trading Card Game (Japanese: ポケモンカードゲーム, Pokémon Card Game), often abbreviated as Pokémon TCG or just TCG, is a tabletop game that involves collecting, trading and playing with Pokémon themed playing cards. It has its own set of rules but uses many motifs and ideas derived from the video games. There are Pokémon cards for every species of Pokémon, as well as Trainer cards featuring characters, items and other themes of the franchise (each with a different use) and Energy cards to power various actions. The artwork for the cards is provided by numerous artists.

The Pokémon TCG is a popular and steady aspect of the Pokémon franchise and is played and enjoyed by many fans. 23.6 billion Pokémon Trading Card Game cards have been produced worldwide in 12 languages, and being sold in 74 countries and regions.[1] The game is part of the Play! Pokémon organized play along with the video game series and is also used in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online.

PokePlayer is maybe the best looking database on Pokemon TC

Pokemon Cards

Bulbapedia has some very well organized pages on the trading card decks

Pokemon Trading Cards – Bulbapedia

PokeGym is a forum filled with information and images and also scans of the TC

Trading Card Sets

pkmn cards [dot] com

TCG Set Listing

Other Links:

TCG Player

Pokellector

Pokebeach

Serebii

Pokemon Archive