Like most twenty-somethings, I have very fond memories of the Game Boy Pokemon games. I remember squinting my way through Pokemon Gold’s early hours whilst waiting for an injection at the doctors, and sitting in the garden over summer with friends, all trying to find the best spot under the sun so they could see their Johto adventure. Ah, youth, ah, the lack of back-lights.
The third version, Crystal, came as I transitioned from primary to high school, and once that transition had been made, no one really cared all that much about Pokemon in my year. We evolved, I guess.
Similar memories abound with the second generation as an adult too, Gold was a game I played last Christmas into January, the game helping me through my big city move, filling in those empty hours without wi-fi or friends. Of course Crystal popped up on the 3DS virtual console once I had both of those absent things… time is a circle. So they say. Continue reading →
For some reason Pikachu is now a detective. He loves coffee as much as Agent Dale Cooper, talks like a chain smoker, and loves seeking clues, and ‘skirt’. Adulthood hits everybody hard, it really does. Continue reading →
Pokemon Sun and Moon have gone Ultra this year! It used to be that an updated Pokemon game was released as a third version (Yellow for Red & Blue, Crystal for Gold & Silver, Emerald for Ruby & Sapphire, Platinum for Diamond & Pearl) but things went a little loopy at the end of the DS era. Black & White saw third and fourth versions with a 2 stuck to the end, and now here we are again with a new Sun & Moon with an Ultra bolted to the front. It’s not all that big a difference having two suped up games rather than one, but it does lead to the question: if I had Sun, do I go for Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon? As you can see my god is still the sun, and maybe that was the wrong choice. I don’t know! Continue reading →
Back in 1999 it was a pretty fresh concept to see two versions of the same game available to buy. Pokemon Blue had certain monsters which couldn’t be captured in Red, and vice versa. It allowed kids to trade like they once traded Pogs and football stickers, but with more tangled wires and less chipped slammers. It was such a success a third version of Pokemon appeared only eight months later, shaking up the status quo further, only this time there was a certain gust of confusion in the air. What did this mean? Did us poor schoolkids really need to upgrade our games for more more more? No no no. Continue reading →
As per usual, I’m always a little late to the party. The day I bought a yo-yo, the yo-yo’s were banned at school. The day I bought a birthing alien, everybody else had moved onto something else. The day I brought my first set of Pokemon cards to school, they were also banned. And now I’ve finally got round to writing a little bit about the new mobile app Pokemon Go, and no one else is really talking about it anymore. Ho hum, you never do catch up on fads if you couldn’t catch up with them as a kid. Continue reading →
It’s pretty weird walking around town, or popping onto Facebook, and seeing just how popular Pokemon is in 2016. The virtual console releases of Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow hit some nostalgia strings back in February, then the release of Pokemon Go on mobile phones in July caught everybody else. More people are watching the cartoon on Netflix, shops have Pokemon mugs and t-shirts on display for any passing mugs, and the games which released after the Pokemania died down are suddenly flying off the shelves. Classic Pokemon games have also been popping up Nintendo’s Wii U virtual console service, which is how we come to Pokemon Snap. Continue reading →
If you were a kid growing up in the 90’s, you probably played this or it’s red coloured partner. Pokemon was everywhere between 1999 and 2001 and those two years made kids into obsessive animal hunters, not stopping till the creatures were trapped within tiny balls. Continue reading →