When I played Pokemon Blue back in the 90's my first choice of Pokemon was Bulbasaur so I felt this time shouldn't be much different. I always liked Bulbasaur and after doing some research found this to be a very good starting pick. As the early game... Read All I'll be honest, my cultural understanding of Pokemon is pretty bleak. Back in the 90's I bought Pokemon Blue but returned it for religious reasons. As luck and time would have it, I dropped the religious part but have always wanted to head back and try everyone favorite Monster training simulator. Recently I picked up Pokemon Blue at a local retro game store and have really been enjoying my time with it.
When I played Pokemon Blue back in the 90's my first choice of Pokemon was Bulbasaur so I felt this time shouldn't be much different. I always liked Bulbasaur and after doing some research found this to be a very good starting pick. As the early game progressed I picked up Pidgey & Ratta but ditched Ratta later for Jigglypuff, Spearow, Nidorian Female and Geodude. I keep one slot open for catching a Pokemon I find interesting but I have no goal to collect them all. My current Pokemon roster and level is Fearow(21), Jigglypuff(20), Nidorina(20), Geodude(20) & Ivysaur(20). This is a really solid line up and currently haven't had too many issues taking down Pokemon trainers or Gym bosses. In the case of running up to a difficult Gym boss or trainer, grinding out some levels seems to solve the problem fairly quickly.
If you have an early Pokemon you recommend I get and it's available in Blue, let me know!
One aspect of pain in this particular version of Pokemon is the grind. You need to fight a lot and it can get very tedious. Whereas I own the original Pokemon Blue Gameboy kart I am emulating it. Recently a friend recommended I speed the game up to make grinding much easier and this has been a life saver. Since each Pokemon battle is relatively simple, speeding it up means you can blast through a couple levels in a minute or two.
According to the linked video above there is a ton of Pokemon games yet to try out and I plan on continuing with the franchise as long as it's fun. Some people have said the second generation of Pokemon is the best and that's what I plan on playing next. The color and gameplay enhancements of the second generation seem solid and I am really eager to try them out when I am done playing Pokemon Blue.
Pokemon Red and Blue were recently rereleased digitally on the 3DS and are still readily available on Gameboy at most retro game stores. If you are looking to start the Pokemon franchise or relive some memories what better time to than Pokemon 20?