If you were playing video games in the late 1990′s then this week’s Retro Quick Look will need no introduction. Originally released in the UK in 1999, the Pokémon series began with a gigantic explosion of popularity with the release of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue on the Nintendo Gameboy. Essentially both Red and Blue are the same game, however certain Pokémon found on the Red version were unavailable to those with Blue and vice versa. The only way for players to collect all 150 Pokémon was to use the game’s trading system, transferring specific characters from one Gameboy to another.
It was a system that aimed to promote bartering and co-operation between players in order to achieve a full Pokédex… however, in practice, it generally resulted a series of playground scuffles over Pokémon trading. Still, despite the violence, the game’s spirit lives on in the hearts of all that ever played the game, including the newbreview.com staff.
Join Tom, Kieran and Luke as they reminisce over Nintendo’s phenomenal Pokémon Blue.
If you’d learn more about the classic Pokémon games then why not read Tom’s Retrospective article looking back at Pokémon Yellow, an updated version of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue.