Sunday, 17 July 2016

Personal Experience: Pokemon games of the 1990's

Back to the 1990's

I was born in the 80's and grew up with the original grey Game Boy made by Nintendo in 1990. I remember buying my Nintendo Game Boy from Woolworths in a local small town called Cleveleys. Sadly if you are from the UK you will already know that Woolworths went out of business off the high street a good few years back. Most children of the 1980's and 1990's bought their music tapes and CD's from Woolworth's along with the "Pick n Mix" sweet bags and computer games. 

When I purchased my Game Boy it came in a black carry case which was padded and was Nintendo branded, it came with a AC/DC power adaptor that you plugged into the bottom and you could also put 4x AA batteries in it for true mobile gaming. The screen was green and black (not colour) and it was a simply 8-bit handheld gaming console. I only recently re-homed my original Game Boy on a popular auction website and it brought me £70.99 as it was in excellent condition. Considering I have purchased it new in 1990 for £20. It held its value extremely well.

The first Pokemon game I bought was the Pokemon Blue, To be honest I don't really remember much of the Blue Edition the only thing I understood was different Pokemon were in the Blue edition than were found in the Red Edition that was released around the same time as the Blue. I believe the Pokemon games first came out in the UK in the mid 1990's and I must have been around 10 years old when it was released. Below are pictures of the Pokemon Blue Box and Cartridge. The colours may have been bright but they certainly didn't show colours on a two colour screen.

After the success of Pokemon Blue and Red, Pokemon Yellow was released, I do remember this game coming out and I was very excited about it. I remember the day of release was a school day and I asked my father to go to Blackpool and pick up Pokemon Yellow for me from the Game store that they had in the Houndshill arcade. I was so happy when I finished school and my father had actually travelled all the way there and picked it up for me. (I did pay him for it using my birthday money)

I don't know at this point when Pokemon yellow was released as to whether or not the original cartoon was released on TV, all I knew was this edition your character actually gets PIKACHU! I played the yellow version a lot more than the Blue version and collected many many pokemon, but unfortunately I didn't catch them all! I remember playing this game with my friends at school in the yard and out of school I do believe that there was a way to send pokemon to your friend but I think it might have been through a cable that you could plug in, I never did this but a lot of my friends also really loved both games. 

I proudly owned the original Nintendo Game Boy and both Yellow and Blue pokemon games until 2016 which was when I decided that someone else would enjoy it hopefully as much as I had done! It is a very scary thought that that game console was 26 years old! Now that was a blast from the past and I hope you enjoyed this as much as I have enjoyed writing about my experiences and memories of the original Nintendo Game boy and Pokemon games!

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