I’m…not good with titles. Sorry.
Anyway, Misties, our good friend Nick is sick today, so I’m filling in for him. Yes, you will have to wait yet another day for the end of his best of the handhelds series. I have been granted permission to give you a hint, though. It is not Chicken Shoot. Sorry to everyone who just lost the office pool!
|I just cost you 15 bucks! BUCK BUCK BUCK.
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As the title was trying to suggest, I am going to talk about Pokemon: Fire Red. I was in middle school during the initial Pokemon craze in North America, so I remember well kids going apeshit over the trading cards, getting suspended for fighting over them, begging for them at the grocery store checkouts, and running home after school to watch the cartoon. Also there were only 150 Pokemon and phones had cords AND THAT’S THE WAY WE LIKED IT, goshdarnnit!
|Totally worth punching your best friend in the mouth.
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Anyway, the original games that helped fuel the fury were Pokemon Red and Blue (green, in Japan, because Nintendo knows Americans hate plants and therefore plant-based pocket monsters). Naturally, all the kids either had a copy, or really, really wanted one. Pokemon were hot commodities, and unlike the card game, Red and Blue allowed to get a full Pokemon experience in the palm of your hand. More than that, the starters matched Ash’s team in the anime: bulbasaur, squirtle, and charmander. You could pick your favourite, and if you played your figurative cards right, as opposed to your literal cards, which I guess you could also use to do this, you could have the same team as the cartoon. AMAZING.
|Shut up. I was like 10.
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|But it’s a one time cost. It’s not like you have to buy a bunch of expensive games or … oh, right.
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|Highly addictive material: one hit is all it takes.
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I’ve gone on to play Platinum, Heart Gold, and Black. All fine games, in and of themselves, but they didn’t have the one thing I was looking for above all else: a fucking charmander. Yes, that’s where this was all leading. Charmanders are adorable dinosaurs of fire, and therefore the best pokemon possible. What, you think that there are better Pokemon? Ones that have better moves, or more versatility, or objectively better stats? Well, shut your stupid face. Hey, you knew this was a nostalgia thing. I made that quite clear.
|“Love me!” “I will, little buddy!”
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Anyway, Fire Red can be played on my pretty pink DS (oh, how I wish it was black), or it could be, if I could find it. But of course, several Pokemon games have been released since then, the Game Boy Advance has been replaced several times over by more advanced handhelds by Nintendo, and nobody is selling these games. Whenever I get hauled into the video game store, which is a lot, I give the used GBA games a sweep, and I have never seen Fire Red in almost three years. I had pretty much given up on ever getting my charmander. Until.
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