Pokemon Yellow Version Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Pokemon Yellow Version RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Why Does Game Freak Keep Making Mid-Gen Expansions? https://www.gameskinny.com/qbns3/why-does-game-freak-keep-making-mid-gen-expansions https://www.gameskinny.com/qbns3/why-does-game-freak-keep-making-mid-gen-expansions Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:14:41 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Pokemon is one of the most recognizable franchises in gaming and pop culture. The series rocketed to fame almost instantly upon release in Japan and in the West, taking developers and consumers by surprise, and it's still going strong 20 years later. With all that success, one might be forgiven for thinking that Game Freak is tempted to abuse the franchise, and many often point to the mid-gen expansions like Pokemon Crystal and Pokemon Platinum as proof of that. These expansions don't always offer drastic changes to the formula, it's true. However, they serve several important purposes, from being a testing ground for developers to giving fans what they want, while offering the definitive version of that generation for newcomers as well.

In the Beginning...

The first three generations saw expansions that didn't add much in the way of content, but provided just enough to help encourage players to dip back into the franchise.

Of all the expansions, Pokemon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition is the easiest one to point at and say "cash grab." Its main purpose for existing was for the developers to tie the game franchise more closely with the anime series that was blossoming nicely at the time. Your first Pokemon had to be Pikachu, Jessie and James (and Meowth) took the place of a few key Team Rocket battles, and you could obtain all three starters over the course of the game. Otherwise, apart from being colorized, there wasn't much difference between it and its predecessors.

But Game Freak made it difficult to easily pass off the game by making it so good. It was the perfect way to capture new fans who had seen the show but not played the games, and the fanservice was moderate enough to keep from harming the overall package and just enough to make it worthwhile. The challenge of having to use Pikachu required players to develop new strategies, and it introduced an important mechanic that still plays a role in the series as well, the friendship mechanic. Despite not offering a whole lot of new content, Yellow is almost always at the top of the 3DS eShop sales list.

Pokemon Crystal was a bit more conservative, though it did introduce battle animations for sprites and the option to choose gender. It experimented with story additions and laid the foundations for the Battle Frontier later too. There wasn't quite as much to justify returning to Johto, yet fans hold it in high regard as the definitive Gen II experience. Like Yellow, it offers just enough to entice owners of the original two and makes for an even smoother entry for newcomers, even if it's a bit sparing as far as expansions go.

Changes Afoot

Pokemon Emerald was the true gem of the first three expansions, though. It was the first to add significant changes to the story and tweak the gameworld enough to make returning interesting, switching around some key character roles and adding a wealth of new features, including the fan-favorite Battle Frontier. The story changes were the most significant, though, combining the plots from Ruby and Sapphire and giving you an actual reason to catch all three of Hoenn's legendary Pokemon, while refining the overall experience.

Despite being widely criticized for not radically changing the series, these seemingly minor alterations fit in with the studio's vision for the series. For example, the developers wanted to add more unique challenges, but the Frontier was deemed too difficult for Ruby and Sapphire, so it was left out. Like the others, the level of investment on the player's part depends entirely on how much they enjoyed the originals, but also like the others, most fans consider Emerald the pinnacle of its generation.

Expanding the Expansions

From the 4th generation onward, the series brought with it a wide variety of changes as it gained a more secure footing in the industry. The expansions were no different, as Game Freak added a number of changes to entice players back for more.

Generation IV's expansion brought with it more significant changes. Pokemon Platinum followed Emerald's footsteps and revamped the story, giving both legendary Pokemon new roles and making them central to the plot. It wasn't a gripping plot like you'd expect from a Final Fantasy game, of course, but it went a long way in creating a more coherent world and giving concrete motivations to the villains therein. Here is where Game Freak started using expansions to fit their overall goals for the series as well. They improved and expanded the role of Wi-Fi, which served the dual purpose of making the games perfect for the competitive scene and making it easier for people to connect over their shared interest in the series.

Sinnoh itself was changed a fair bit, more so than in previous expansions, with aesthetic changes throughout, redesigned gyms and updated gym rosters, and, even more importantly, a streamlined battle system. Gone was the lag between actions and their effects from Diamond and Pearl, with everything functioning much more smoothly overall. The Battle Frontier was greatly expanded too, providing even more incentive to play after finishing the main campaign, along with the ability to face off against major figures again in tournaments. Little wonder, then, that Generation IV was the best-selling generation in the series.

New Territory

The series stumbled a bit with Generation V. Black and White divided some with its too-linear progression through Unova, unique design choices, and stilted storyline (ethics are good, but a series where you imprison innocent creatures and force them to fight isn't really the best platform for an ethical message). Black 2 and White 2 aimed to fix those issues and add even more. Game Freak's chief goal with these was twofold: to defy players' expectations by not making a Grey version and to expand the world of Unova in ways they didn't have a chance to for the previous entries, hence the choice for a direct sequel. Junichi Masuda, the games' director, said he wanted to create a world that had changed in the two years since the original games to help give players a sense of that progression and make it seem new again.

Unova received a completely new makeover, and the way players moved about it changed a good bit as well, along with alterations to gym rosters and the ability to create a varied lineup early on in the story. The story received a good bit of flak for returning to the old gangsters-versus-child line but managed to still add something unique to the plot with the divisions in Team Plasma. One of the biggest changes Masuda was excited about was Pokewood, since it gave players an opportunity to engage in something similar to a puzzle challenge the more they progressed with their films. None of it was the huge shakeup of the franchise many called for, but the developers listened to their fans and gave them what they wanted.

The Red-Headed Stepchild

Then there was Generation VI with Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. Both received high praise in reviews and disappeared from shelves much faster than other installments for a variety of reasons, not least of which was the jump to full 3D models. They built on some of what made the Black and White sequels successful, but a cursory look through fan communities is enough to tell you that people wanted more. "Kalos was underdeveloped, the plot needed more to it, and the constant presence of the player's posse stole the thrill of adventure and exploration" is how the most common complaints usually go.

And it's true. For such a major milestone in the series in terms of presentation, the gameworld, and the sheer number of available Pokemon, there should have been follow-ups to help tie it all together in a definitive package. For example, as goofy as Team Flare is, and Y took the series' storytelling in a more serious direction. There's plenty of material for an expansion or alternate timeline to help make that story more potent. As intrusive as Shauna and the gang could be, expansions would have provided the chance to give them more of a real place in the game, either through battles or significance to the plot. But fans wanted remakes of Ruby and Sapphire. So that's what they got, with some minor tie-ins to X and Y, leaving Kalos a slightly odd, lonely addition to the Pokemon world.

Critical Reception

Critical reception of these expansions tends to be mixed. They always receive high scores, with the exception of a couple here and there for the Black and White sequels, but the primary complaint remains the same: there isn't anything new to make playing them worthwhile. Some argue that the expansions come too soon on the heels of the originals, as with Black 2 and White 2, not giving players enough time to really want to come back. Even those that rate highly will sometimes deride the expansions for not really adding anything drastic to the overall experience.

But these criticisms miss a few important points. After Gold and Silver, it was widely believed that the "Pokemon fad" was dead, making the development of Ruby and Sapphire a very stressful experience. Preserving what made the series successful to begin with became very important, to keep from alienating fans and creating a sharp divide between those who played older Pokemon games and newcomers. (And given what happened with what I call the Sonic Effect, where Sega strayed from the series' foundations with each new entry, that surely wasn't a bad decision.)

Game Freak used expansions as a way to add in extra ideas that might not have gone over well for the base installments -- either by adding too much content or straying from the core experience -- and it's a way for Game Freak to train newer members of the development team while veteran developers work on projects with higher stakes attached. Most importantly, though, it's a bit unfair to judge expansions for not radically altering the franchise when that isn't their goal to begin with. It's like complaining that vanilla ice cream isn't chocolate when it never tried to be anyway.

The New Kids on the Block

Fast forward to 2017, and there's another set of proper expansions contending for players' time and money: Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. After the major changes that were the original Sun and Moon, these seem set to be more in line with Black 2 and White 2, providing some alterations in world structure, different Pokemon, and a much meatier plot. Many fans complained about how restricted Alola seemed, and like with Kalos, it's not hard to see why.

Sun and Moon made big promises with story and the world itself, and despite the finished products being worthwhile themselves, they leave the player wanting more -- more to do with these new Pokemon, more to see and explore other than just another quest to catch some additional legendary Pokemon. Many of these complaints addressed problems Game Freak believed existed anyway but just didn't have the time to address.

Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are set to provide fans everything they wanted, but most think it's too much, too soon. Fan communities are echoing the critics of yesteryear and saying there isn't enough to justify purchasing new games only a year after Sun and Moon released. In all fairness, The Pokemon Company hasn't done much to help market the games either. Sun and Moon were almost over-marketed, being featured at the 2016 E3 show and with countless little info drops that practically spoiled the games anyway. It's a shame, really. The new entries are set to strike a perfect balance between the major changes of Sun and Moon and the more conservative alterations of the previous expansions, with a heaping helping of new content on top.

The Verdict

Even though they don't always add loads of new content, there's more than enough to draw fans back in, and the fact that the expansions are always as well made as the originals makes them worthy as standalone entries anyway. Yet it's easier for those who miss a generation to value the mid-gen expansions, since money isn't as much of a question and almost everyone recommends Emerald or Black 2 over their respective predecessors. In the end, however useful and practical they are, it's down to the individual consumer to make the choice.

What do you think about Game Freak's mid-gen expansions? Love 'em? Hate 'em? Let us know in the comments.

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10 RPGs That Deserve the Skyrim Remastered Treatment https://www.gameskinny.com/mncg2/10-rpgs-that-deserve-the-skyrim-remastered-treatment https://www.gameskinny.com/mncg2/10-rpgs-that-deserve-the-skyrim-remastered-treatment Tue, 01 Nov 2016 06:00:01 -0400 StraightEdge434

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1. Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow

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The three amigos. The holy trinity of all Pokemon games that we know today. These three were the first Pokemon games to be released (Red and Blue in 1998 and Yellow in 1999), and were the main reason why people hopped on the Pokemon bandwagon from the start.

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The plot will be familiar to any player of the modern titles: journey across land, capture Pokemon, get all 8 badges, beat the Pokemon League, and defeat the bad guys (which is Team Rocket of course).

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But what made these RPGs so unique was because they were the first of their kind. The gameplay was different, the mechanics were new at that time, and the idea of capturing Pokemon (and having one follow you...Pikachu in Yellow) was appreciated for its time.

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Now imagine reliving your childhood memories but with 3D graphics, battle mechanics, and an interface like in Pokemon Sun and Moon, then of course WiFi. Yep, that's epic.

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This is just a small list of some of the RPG titles that deserve a graphical remaster like Skyrim. What games do you think need to be added to the list? I know that there are many more great classics that deserve to be up here. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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2. Pokemon Emerald

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Developed by Game Freak, and published by The Pokemon Company, Pokemon Emerald was released for the Game Boy Advance in 2005.

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Pokemon Emerald is seen as a combination of Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire (after all, it is possible to catch both, Kyogre and Groudon in Pokemon Emerald). However, after the player defeats the Pokemon League, the game does not finish. After finishing the game, players get access to the Battle Frontier, a location where powerful trainers can battle one another (each "gym" in the area has a certain stipulation).

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Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire were remastered for the 3DS as Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire respectively. So, what happened to Pokemon Emerald? Why didn't it get a remaster? Seeing as it is a combination of both games, it only makes sense as it belongs to the same "family" and the same generation.

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3. The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind

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Morrowind was developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks for original Xbox and PC in 2002.

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Believed by many fans to be the greatest/best Elder Scrolls game ever made (yes, even better than Skyrim to some), Morrowind is an open-world RPG game set in Morrowind, particularly the island of Vvardenfell.

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The game follows similar mechanics like Skyrim and Oblivion in regards to quests, side-quests, exploration, etc.

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However, when Skyrim was announced as a remake, many wished for Morrowind to be released instead. But why does Morrowind deserve a remake more than Skyrim? A fellow writer has published a lengthy article in which he explains (and goes into great detail) as to why Morrowind over Skyrim.

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4. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

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This title was developed by Square and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo SNES in 1996.

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Super Mario RPG is a very unique Super Mario game because it has a combat system very similar to older Final Fantasy titles (turn based). The plot is different from other Super Mario games. Bowser isn't actually the main enemy (can you believe it?)! Instead, it's a giant talking sword that shattered the Star Road, and overtook Bowser's castle. Mario has to unite with other characters in the game to restore the missing stars and defeat the giant sword.

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The game was released 20 years ago, so you can imagine that the graphics aren't the best when compared to today's graphics. Nevertheless, such unique Super Mario title deserves a remastered version not because of world design, but because of fun and wacky combat animations, as well as a Final Fantasy easter egg...

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5. Monster Hunter

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The Monster Hunter series spans across many platforms like PSP, Wii, 3DS, etc. However, the original Monster Hunter was first released for the PS2 in 2004. It was developed and published by Capcom.

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Hunting monsters larger than life with many different weapons sounds incredibly appealing to almost anyone. This RPG allows players to customize their hunter and embark on quests to slay beasts across all areas like volcanoes, forests, tundras, etc. More than that, players can harvest materials from those monsters and craft weapons and armor out of them.

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Remaking Monster Hunter with better graphics, and elements from Generations like Styles and Arts would prove to be quite interesting.

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6. Dark Souls

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Dark Souls was released in 2011 for PS3 and Xbox 360, and in 2012 for PC. The game was developed by FromSoftware and published by Namco Bandai Games.

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The game that started it all in the Souls series -- Dark Souls. This was the game that drew players in, turning them into fans, and making them play other titles like Dark Souls 2, Dark Souls 3, Demon Souls, and Bloodborne.

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Brutal combat, punishable deaths, mysterious items, unique boss designs is what made this game memorable. As far as the plot goes, well, that one aspect is tricky to grasp. The actual story is never directly told to us. Instead, the lore is revealed through item descriptions, NPC dialogue, and world design. Plus, it ties in with Dark Souls 2 and Dark Souls 3.  

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If remastered on the Bloodborne and/or Dark Souls 3 graphics engine, just imagine the visuals, particularly of areas that appeal to you the most. And not just the areas, but monster designs as well!

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7. Fallout 3

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Published by Bethesda Softworks, and developed by Bethesda Game Studios, Fallout 3 was released in 2008 for the PS3, PC, and Xbox 360.

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Picture Skyrim, but with guns. Or better yet, Fallout 4, but in a different location and no Preston Garvey telling you about settlements. The plot is quite simple too: dad goes missing, and you have to go find dad while exploring the wasteland Washington D.C.

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A remastered version of this open-world RPG game would make any fan happy, as well as bring new players in. But besides better graphics, mod support would be provided as well for Fallout 3. Bethesda did it for Skyrim Remastered and Fallout 4 on console, so why not Fallout 3... that is if it ever gets a remake...  

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8. Mega Man Battle Network Series

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Developed and Published by Capcom, the first Mega Man Battle Network was released in 2001 for the Game Boy Advance.

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Mega Man Battle Network is a real-time tactical RPG spin-off series, based off the original Mega Man series. Instead of robots, the Battle Network series focused on technology and computer networks.

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Plots were different, but still the same for each one: a cyber-terrorist organization tries to destroy the world, or rule the world, or take over technology altogether, only to be stopped by Mega Man, and his operator, Lan. 

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Other titles included: Battle Network 2 (2001), Battle Network 3: White and Blue (2002), Battle Network 4: Red Sun and Blue Moon (2003), Battle Network 5: Team Colonel and Team Protoman (2004), and Battle Network 6: Cybeast Gregar and Cybeast Falzar (2005).

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A remake of the whole series, released on one cartridge would be a dream come true for any fan of the series. 3D graphics instead of 2D would probably be the main attraction, as well as enhanced and sharper battle animations and graphics.

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9. Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light

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Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light was a PSP exclusive title developed by Hit Maker and published by Nippon Ichi Software, and released in 2006.

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The game is a turn-based RPG (very similar to Persona and older Final Fantasy titles) that is basically about a guy named Lance (pictured above) who must save the world from evil (what else is new...).

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This title was unique in a sense because it had an unusual combat and crafting system. For combat, a turn would not begin unless a monster was first attacked. As far as crafting, you could combine items and create new weapons, but they would break after a certain amount of uses.

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Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light was met with mixed reviews because of the boring and typical story line, but the challenging combat system was received well.

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Though a remastered version will most likely never happen, the animations of special attacks, environments, and certain enemies would definitely become more visually appealing, as well as more beautiful in general.

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10. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards

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This RPG strategy card game came out in 2003 for the Game Boy Advance, and was published and developed by Konami.

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Remember how in middle school you had friends who were obsessed with Yu-Gi-Oh cards? Or maybe you yourself also joined in on the craze, and got involved trading cards, as well as having duels with fellow fans of the anime? Well, this game was part of that craze.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards focuses on you, the player, and your dueling adventures during the Battle City Tournament. Of course, there were bad guys along the way whose butts needed to be kicked in order to save the day.

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One interesting aspect of the game was that this was the first game that allowed you to use the Egyptian God cards. Remember those?

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On a completely bizarre side note, the game did not follow its own rules! In other words, each card had a weakness, that when exposed to that weakness, would be destroyed instantly! For example, if you had a Pyro (fire) type monster on your side of the field, and your opponent had a Forest (wood) type monster on their side of the field, your card would instantly destroy their card, even if their card was stronger than yours! Huh?! Since when was that allowed?

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If this game was remastered for the 3DS, or any handheld/mobile device for that matter with 3D graphics, and more important, fair rules, then that would make many fans of the franchise happy.

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Skyrim Special Edition (or simply known as, Skyrim Remastered) was released this past Friday, on October 28th. When the remaster was first announced during Bethesda's E3 2016 press conference, fans of the game were extremely pleased. But not because of improved graphics, but because of mod support that would come to the console versions of the game. This allowed console players to experience the joys of mods, just like PC users could -- since the release of the original version of the game back in 2011. Not to mention the stability improvements that came with the 64bit upgrade.

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Now that Skyrim Remastered is out, let's take a look at some of the other RPGs that deserve a graphical remake for modern consoles and handheld devices.

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Don't Bank On Pokemon Bank Just Yet https://www.gameskinny.com/g1auc/dont-bank-on-pokemon-bank-just-yet https://www.gameskinny.com/g1auc/dont-bank-on-pokemon-bank-just-yet Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:37:28 -0400 Joshua Harris

Yesterday, The Pokemon Company announced that one of its most popular games Pokemon Bank will be getting an update Sometime in January 2017. A crucial tool for die-hard Pokemon fans, Pokemon Bank is a staple in for current-gen Pokemon collectors. An update was supposed to arrive this fall in anticipation for Pokemon Sun and Moon, but The Pokemon Company announced that they will be delaying  the release of the next iteration in the service.

Another feature that was supposed to debut this fall was Pokemon Bank support for the virtual console releases of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow. Players will be delighted to know that Pokemon caught in the Virtual Console versions of these games will be able to be transferred to the bank and then into Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon  thanks to a future update to the Poke Transporter application.

The Pokemon Bank application is a versatile and most needed tool for any Pokemon trainer worth their salt. Pokemon's longest standing fans understand how daunting it is having to worry about catching the seemingly infinite amount of Pokemon; 'we' grew up with 100-250ish monsters to worry about, and when the technology of handheld gaming evolved, there was a disconnect between the old and the new games.

Pokemon Bank, however, has begun to bridge the gap and make it possible to catch them all again. GameSkinny writer Kate Reynolds explains in her Pokemon piece about how important this Pokemon Bank business really is. What it all boils down to is this: well before the advent of wireless Pokemon gaming, trainers had to use cables from one console to the other, meaning that players would have to catch dummy Pokemon to make even trades.

Barring special event Pokemon, trainers will soon be able to catch them all. Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon are bridging the gap between classic and contemporary players, bringing Red, Blue, and Yellow into the modern age. Now that the option exists, will you finally become the Pokemon Master? Let us know down in the comments.

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On Legends and Reality: A Minor Insight Into First Generation Pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/e34e8/on-legends-and-reality-a-minor-insight-into-first-generation-pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/e34e8/on-legends-and-reality-a-minor-insight-into-first-generation-pokemon Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:00:02 -0400 Joshua Harris

Pokemon is rife with history, in and outside of the long line of games. The legendary pokemon, however, set the golden standard by which future installations in the franchise would order and balance for future trios. The three birds, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres are birds of creation. Along with it, the playful and rarely-seen pokemon Mew central to the pokemon creation mythology. Generation 1 was central in establishing the narrative for future games and creating the formula by which the mythology would evolve. 

On Ice

Known as the winged mirages, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres are responsible for keeping the elemental forces of the pokemon world in check. The first of the legendary birds, Articuno, is said to be able to manipulate ice by freezing the surrounding moisture in the air. Even its wings have the ability to chill the air, which contribute to conversion of water to snow in the air. Legends state that it stays in the peaks of icy mountains, waiting to save those explorers who get lost and find themselves near death.

The real-life bird it was based on, however, was not as friendly. Once believed to be a noble bird created by Jehovah, the Anka indiscriminately devoured all the animals on Earth, prompting it to consume humans (primarily children). After preying upon those asking Jehovah for salvation, their god removed the birds ability to procreate which eventually lead to their extinction (although their reported lifespan was about 1,700 years). Not much else is known except that this creature shares traits with two other mythical beings: the Pheonix and Thunderbird. 

A Shocking Revelation

Differing from its icy compatriot, Zapdos has sharper, more 'electric', plumage. The electrical charges protruding from its body are said to produce lightning bolts when it is airborne. Its home is in the thunderclouds and is drawn out by naturally accuring thunder storms. Lightning strikes are said to increase its power as well. Based upon North American indigenous mythology, Zapdos draws its inspiration from the Thunderbird.

There are several mythologies regarding the ancient bird in Algonquian mythology, such as the Thunderbird control the upperworld while underworld is controlled by the Great Horned Serpent. Zapdos, much like the Thunderbird, has an x-shaped appearance and creates electricity. The Menominee, however, state that they control the rain and enjoy fighting. Their enemies are the great horned snakes, the Misikinubik which would have otherwise consumed mankind had it not been for their protection. In the Ojibwe version of the story, the Thunderbirds were creatd by the Nanabozho for the purpose of fighting the underwater spirits and to punish humans who were immoral. 

Like a Phoenix From the Ashes

The final legendary bird, Moltres, is the last of the winged mirages. Noted for its ability to control fire, it is identifiable by its flaming plumage . Moltres is said to live in especially hot regions, most notably volcanoes. In the spring it will migrate to the south, signaling the start of a new season.

Its real life counterpart, the Phoenix, is cyclically reborn in the decomposing and fiery remains of its old life. The red and yellow coloration is the more popular interpretation of the legend's appearance, but there is no actual consensus on what the Phoenix actually looks like. Both birds are said to regenerate when injured as well; the Phoenix will heal naturally while Moltres will dip its wounds in molten magma to cure itself. 

A Mew Too

The pink mammalian pokemon Mew is historically integral to the Pokemon series. Within its DNA lies the genetic code for every pokemon in existence which, in reality, can be hearkened back to a common ancestor for all life on Earth. Its geography is even based in the real world, it was discovered in the Pokemon world deep in the jungles of Guyana, South America. Mewtwo, its counterpart, was created in a lab making one of the few man-made pokemon in this universe. Appearing humanoid and feline, Mewtwo was created from the attempts at gene splicing a pregnant Embryo, which in turn created a powerful and cold-hearted fighting machine. 

 

It is clear that while based in slivers reality, the Pokemon universe exemplifies its own in-game mythology while paying homage to its predecessors. Not only did the generation one games cement itself in the industry as one of the largest franchised to ever be created, it set the standard for future Pokemon games in terms of their narratives and kickstarted the legendary trio narrative. 

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Top 10 Most Underrated Generation One Pokémon https://www.gameskinny.com/1f6fn/top-10-most-underrated-generation-one-pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/1f6fn/top-10-most-underrated-generation-one-pokemon Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:59:57 -0400 Angelina Bonilla

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There you have it, the most underrated Pokémon from the Kanto region, whether it's because of the physical/special split, the lack of further evolution or mega evolution, or just paling in comparison to other Pokémon. Even with all that said, these Pokémon are still beloved by some players because Kanto was the first region people came across, and even if they're sometimes forgotten, these ten Kanto Pokémon will never be truly gone from people’s hearts.

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What do you think about these Underrated Pokémon? Were there any we should have had on the list? What's your personal experience with the Kanto Region's Pokémon? Tell us all in the comments below.

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 Image Source: Here

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1. Golem

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In Kanto there are 4 Pokémon that evolve by Trade: Alakazam Gengar, Machamp and Golem. 3 of the 4 of these are used all the time, and are praised as amazing Pokémon. Golem, on the other hand, well…Golem is just sort of there. When looking for the artwork for this list, you'd be hard pressed to find a picture of Golem that's not some realistic interpretation or a Mega Evolution, which is something this Pokémon desperately needs. Anything to boost him up just a little further, or make it at least on par with other Ground/Rock types like Rhyperior.

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That's not to say Golem is a bad Pokémon; it has plenty of physical defense and decent health, which makes it able to tank with moves like Suckerpunch or Toxic at its disposal, but with its attack stat it's far more suited for an all-out attacker with moves like Stone Edge and Earthquake. It's also one of the most reliable Stealth Rock Pokémon in the game to lead off with. The one sad thing about Golem is that oftentimes, people who send him out, do it for one reason and that's to explode. Yes, its ridiculous self-destruct has destroyed many an opponent, and that's what it's meant to do, but it is a little tragic to see a Pokemon's only purpose is to blow itself up after it stopped being useful in battle.

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 Image Source: Here

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2. Vileplume

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What would a list like this be without Vileplume? An unsettling little Pokémon based on the group of carrion flowers, which smell like rotting flesh. Vileplume wasn't as much unpopular for a while as much as it was unloved. Not a lot of people wanted to use Vileplume and again, with all sorts of Grass types out there now, people just see it falling short of what the other grass types have to offer.

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However, what Vileplume does have over its more flowery contemporaries is its bulk, and with Effect Spore as its ability it makes it a force to be reckoned with. Combine that with moves like Giga Drain, Sludge Bomb and Sleep Powder, and Vileplume is able to wait out its competition for a little while.

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Or, if you want to go full offensive, use the same Giga Drain and Sludge Bomb with an added Hidden Power Fire or Ground to pack a punch. There's other ways of playing with Vileplume thanks to its fairly diverse movepool. It's a fun little Pokémon that can take plenty of hits, and while it's not as beloved as others, this red eyed Pokémon deserves to be on any list.

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 Image Source: Here

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3. Wigglytuff

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Wigglytuff is a tragic case of its pre-evolution being far more popular than its evolution. It's very similar to Raichu in that sense, because Jigglypuff and Pikachu are part of what could be seen as the "Mascot" Pokémon for the entire franchise, while Raichu and Wigglytuff just get left in the dust. At least Raichu gets an Alolan form, but Wigglytuff was just given a Fairy secondary typing, with an expanded movepool, and that was it.

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That's not to say that Wigglytuff doesn't have the right stuff to be used in battle of course. Wigglytuff has a huge moveset thanks to its normal typing, and with its massive HP stat it has a chance to set up some moves before it’s eventually taken down thanks to its low defense stats. Still, Wigglytuff is one of those Pokémon you can try a couple of different things with to see what works for you as a trainer. While it may not be the most popular puff, it's known to have the stuff to be tough.

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Image Source: Here (Artist Unknown)

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4. Dewgong

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Poor Dewgong, it's one of the Water/Ice Pokémon that just couldn't be up to snuff compared to the likes of Lapras. You get a Lapras for free and it's everything Dewgong is and so much more. Not only that, but it doesn't fare well compared to even other defensive water types. But it does try, it really does. The biggest problem is the primary typing, which is Ice, and while it is on the bulkier side, any sort of entry hazard can spell disaster for Dewgong, especially Stealth Rock.

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Dewgong has access to abilities like Thick Fat, which can make it a decent special defensive Pokémon with moves like Surf, Perish Song, Stockpile and Toxic. It makes Dewgong able to be used on most defensive teams as long as they can make up for the weaknesses it has. Overall, Dewgong is a cool Pokémon and even if it's surpassed by others, it’s still worth giving a try.

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5. Dodrio

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You can get a Pidgey or a Spearow relatively early on in your journey, which means by the time you run into a Doduo you'll already have a fairly strong flying type that you've journeyed with and have no reason to pick a new one up. That and with access to Mega Pidgeot and Starraptor, to most people there seems to be almost no reason to pick up a Dodrio. If you don't however, you'll be missing out on one of the oddest, yet most formidable normal/flying types in the game.

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Let's check out this road runner's stats.

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Dodrio has high attack and high speed with a plethora of moves at its disposal, which allows it to use them to their maximum effectiveness. It outspeeds many Pokémon and can shatter through some of the toughest of walls, as long as they don't have a resistance to normal or flying type moves. This is where Dodrio falls short, because as soon as it strikes it's a sitting duck for any other move that can be thrown at it, and with its abysmal defenses and HP, it'll fall in battle quickly. This is why the main mode of attack for Dodrio is to go all in and make sure there are no entry hazards waiting for it on the other side.

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Image Source: Here

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6. Victreebel

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Who remembers this screaming monster from the anime who always decided to snack on James' head whenever he had the chance? Everyone? Okay, now which of you actually used it on your team? If you answered that you didn't use Victreebel on your team, you're hardly alone; Victreebel isn't the most popular pick for a grass type, especially not now, when you have access to the entire world of Pokémon at your fingertips and you can pick countless other Pokémon.

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However, Victreebel did have its uses and it still does in its own, odd, terrifying sort of way. It's a dandy Pokémon to have on a Sun-based team, as in a Pokémon using Sunny Day and then the battle continues with that weather effect. It helps Victreebel make up for it's not so great speed and helps strengthen moves it has like Weather Ball. It's also a dangerous Sludge Bomb thrower and in that sunny weather, well, its solar Beam is terrifying to behold. With the right team, Victreebel can be a monster; it's just a matter of putting it on a sun team, since otherwise it doesn't function very well outside of it.

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Image Source: Here

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7. Mr. Mime

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Mr. Mime is one of those Pokémon you remember seeing all the time in the Pokémon anime, but never really wanting to use yourself. This is one of those cases of Pokémon fans not wanting to use a Pokémon because of their appearance. Why?

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People don't like clowns.

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There's a reason you'll find quite a number of horror films with a clown as the main villain, or as antagonistic in some way. Coulrophobia is alive and well in society today and that's part of the reason why Mr. Mime is here. The fact I could find far more scary Mr. Mime artwork than I could the not so scary is telling of how the fandom feels about it.

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Interestingly enough, just like many of its psychic brethren, Mr. Mime isn't too shabby in battle. It's a wall breaker, just like many of the other psychic types but it has access to moves like Healing Wish and with its speed, if worse comes to worst, it can sacrifice itself to fully heal another member on its team. Not only that but he can also set up barrier moves like Reflect and Light Screen, giving its team support. While it doesn't excel at that as much as it does at wall breaking, it's still a Pokémon with a diverse move pool that's worth giving a chance.

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Image Source: Here

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8. Tauros

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When it comes to Pokémon suffering because of the physical/special split back in the Sinnoh games, there isn't a better example of how the mighty have fallen than Tauros. If you played Pokémon back in the days of Red, Blue and Yellow, you'll remember how much of a monster Tauros was. It was an incredibly powerful Pokémon that broke almost any walls it came across, just like an actual bull. Now, it just seems that they put this poor bull out to pasture.

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Gone are the days it could break any wall, and now it's stuck ramming into Pokémon it would have stampeded over in the past. Not that it's changed all that much. Tauros has the same diverse movepool it had back in the first games, and it's only grown in recent years. Sheer Force has also helped Tauros maintain its status as a dangerous bull to lock horns with. Even if its glory days seem long gone, Tauros can still hold its own.

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Image Source: Here

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9. Nidoqueen and Nidoking

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When it comes to the king and queen of Kanto, one needs to look no further than Nidoking and Nidoqueen. Both of these Pokémon are incredibly similar, the difference being that Nidoqueen has more defensive stat distribution and Nidoking is stronger offensively. That, and their movepools are slightly differentiated by a few moves.

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Nonetheless, these two were incredibly popular back during Pokémon’s initial release, but have fallen out of use in recent years. While they're still fairly unique in their typing people have found other powerhouses to use, causing these two to fall by the wayside. Still, they both have amazing movepools and with the advent of the dream world ability Sheer Force back in Unova, it's given this battle couple a resurgence in usage in recent years. While they're both still outclassed by a few different Pokémon, these two are still solid members on any team.

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As long as the other team doesn't spam earthquake.

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Image Source: Here

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10. Flareon

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On the grand scale of the evolution of the Pokémon Eevee, Flareon has been, and always will be the weakest of the group. While all of Eevee's evolutions are incredibly popular, Flareon gets a lot less love, mostly due to its mediocre move pool for a physical based fire type Pokémon, and because it's on the slower side compared to other Pokémon that can utilize Flare Blitz.

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GameFreak has been slowly giving it more moves over the year making it far more usable in battle than it used to be, but the damage has already been done. Luckily, Flareon is still part of the illustrious group of Eeveelutions, so it'll  that's at least a happier ending for one of these unloved Pokémon.

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Image Credit: Here

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The Kanto region was the first region of the Pokémon world introduced to us all the way back in the 90s and it's stayed with us for around that long. It's still one of the most beloved regions for many, but with that title come many downfalls. Next to the Unova region, Kanto introduced us to the largest number of Pokémon and with that, comes a number of monsters that fall to the wayside compared to others.

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It's not because they're bad, but they just pale in comparison to some of the other Pokémon from their region. The ones that'll be included are ones who either haven't been given a Mega Evolution or Alola form, have suffered a blow because of the changes the game has made over time or are just not remembered by the Pokémon trainers at large. This doesn't mean they're bad Pokémon, just less loved than the rest of the bunch.

Let's take a look back, just as we did in Hoenn, to check out the most underrated Pokémon from the Kanto Region. 

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Top 5 Saddest Pokedex Entries https://www.gameskinny.com/avtl1/top-5-saddest-pokedex-entries https://www.gameskinny.com/avtl1/top-5-saddest-pokedex-entries Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:37:21 -0400 Alex Anderson_0905

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Cubone

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“Wears the skull of its deceased mother. Its cries echo inside the skull and come out as a sad melody.” – Pokemon Yellow

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“It pines for the mother it will never see again. Seeing a likeness of its mother in the full moon, it cries. The stains on the skull it wears are from its tears.” – Pokemon Emerald

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You’ll be hard pressed to find a first generation Pokemon fan that doesn’t know about Cubone’s backstory. Aptly called the Lonely Pokemon, Cubone is known for wearing its dead mother’s skull to hide its face and staining it with its tears. Its mother died when it was young and it howls at the moon at night because it misses her. According to Bulbapedia, its original name in the Pokemon Red and Blue beta was going to be Ophon, a play on the word orphan.

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If you look for them, you can find some pretty interesting Pokedex entries. Some are sad, some are happy, and some are just straight up disturbing. Go look for more Pokedex entries for yourself because they’re tons out there to enjoy!

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Banette

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“An abandoned plush doll became this Pokémon. They are said to live in garbage dumps and wander about in search of the children that threw them away.” – Pokemon Emerald

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“A cursed energy permeated the stuffing of a discarded and forgotten plush doll, giving it new life as Banette. The Pokémon's energy would escape if it were to ever open its mouth.” – Pokemon Sapphire

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How many toys do you remember throwing away as a kid? Because some of them probably remember you throwing them away. Banette’s Pokedex entry is pretty sad, especially when coupled with the fact that you can find this Pokemon in garbage cans in the game and it’s mentioned in some entries that if it opens its mouth, it’s energy will escape, effectively killing it. But, there’s a different twist to this Pokemon’s entry because it seeks revenge on the children that threw it away.

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Spoink

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“Spoinkbounces around on its tail. The shock of its bouncing makes its heart pump. As a result, this Pokémon cannot afford to stop bouncing - if it stops, its heart will stop.” – Pokemon Ruby

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Spoink is another cute Pokemon with a sad Pokedex entry. While the Pokemon Sapphire entry is a lot more tame, commenting on Spoink’s quest to find a bigger pearl, the Pokemon Ruby entry tells us that if it stops bouncing, this cute little pig will die. It almost makes you forget its evolved form Grumpig uses its psychic powers to control its foe's minds.

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Yamask

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“Each of them carries a mask that used to be its face when it was human. Sometimes they look at it and cry.” – Pokemon Black

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Yamask is a cute little Ghost-type, that carries around its own face. Not only is this entry sad because Yamask cries over its face and the memories it holds, but it also reminds us that Ghost-type Pokemon used to be alive and they’re stuck fighting for their trainers while dealing with their own confusing existence.

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Parasect

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“A host-parasite pair in which the parasite mushroom has taken over the host bug. Prefers damp places.” – Pokemon Red/Blue

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“When nothing's left to extract from the bug, the mushrooms on its back leave spores on the bug's egg.” – Pokemon Crystal

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Parasect, the evolved form of Paras, has a dead look in its eyes. That’s because it’s actually dead. In almost all of Parasect’s Pokedex entries the game mentions it scattering spores around the forest. This is normal since it has a huge mushroom on its back, but in Pokemon Red and Blue, and later in Crystal, the entries allude to the mushroom being a parasite that has completely taken over the host bug.

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If you’ve been playing Pokemon for while, you’re probably no stranger to Pokedex entries. They give players more information about the lure of the world and how Pokemon interact with it. Pokedex entries are a great way of worldbuilding in the Pokemon games, but they can get really sad, really fast. Here is a list of the top 5 saddest Pokedex entries.

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Pokemon: top 5 Originals https://www.gameskinny.com/vjivq/pokemon-top-5-originals https://www.gameskinny.com/vjivq/pokemon-top-5-originals Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:54:28 -0400 John Robson

Pokemon is a franchise that has evolved, if you'll excuse the pun, into one of the greatest selling franchises in video game history. There have been frequent upgrades to the series, including additional poke balls, TMs, HMs, as well as the introduction of double and triple battles. All of this is fantastic for the general progression of the franchise, but I might have left something obvious out. Yes, that's correct, there have also been hundreds of Pokemon additions. For some this is fantastic, but for others, well...

This article will attempt to list the top five Pokemon from the original games, with a detailed explanation of why they're chosen. The list has absolutely nothing to do with cuteness -- I'm boring like that -- but has everything to do with power, statistics, the diversity of its attack types and its type strengths and weaknesses. Remember, all types and attacks are based on generation 1.

5) Gengar

(The shadow Pokemon, Gengar)

Types: Ghost and Poison

Gengar seemingly appreciates appearing mischievous and spooky, but in Pokemon terms, it's a real handful. Gengar notably has several statistical weaknesses; these are, HP, attack, and defense -- since Gengar is a ghost type, it need not worry about normal and fighting types, but should definitely worry about other physical attacks. Its special defense is easily above average allowing it to survive against quite a number of attacks. Its greatest statistics are its very high special attack and high speed, basically allowing Gengar a smash-and-grab fighting style that also leaves itself fairly vulnerable to attacks.

Type strengths and weaknesses wise, Gengar is weak to ghost, psychic and ground. The ghostly monster is resistant to grass and very resistant to bug and poison. Gengar is completely unaffected by normal and fighting attacks.

Gengar is capable of learning some unusual attacks for its type. The mischievous shadowy minion can learn the following: psychic, ghost, electricity, grass, fire and ice. Its greatest attack combination is hypnosis and dream eater, as the latter attack on a sleeping Pokemon restores Gengar's HP.

4) Starmie

(The starfish Pokemon, Starmie)

Types: Water and Psychic

Starmie is a remarkable Pokemon in a myriad of different ways. Boasting higher-than-average special defensive stats and solid defense, it's capable of taking a beating. While perhaps not the greatest at physical attacks, its special attacks are powerful indeed and combined with its high speed, they're its most threatening attributes. Perhaps Starmie's greatest weakness is its low HP, but that's not a problem, as you'll soon learn.

Type weaknesses and strengths wise, this Pokemon is tremendously fortunate to have very few weaknesses. Its weaknesses relating to its water type are, electricity and grass; its weaknesses relating to its secondary type are, ghost and bug. Because this Pokemon has no types which are considered double weaknesses to a single type, that means its defenses are more than adequate. Resistance-wise, Starmie is tough against, water, psychic, fire, ice, and fighting.

Where Starmie particularly shines (yes, pun intended) are its moves - those that are learned and can be learned. This star-shaped creature can learn practically anything and that makes it extremely useful for taking on a surprising number of Pokemon without needing to switch to a different type. Starmie is capable of learning psychic and water abilities, obviously, but is also capable of learning ghost, bug, ice, rock and even grass and lightning. While Starmie isn't capable of learning all assorted moves of those types, having one with ice beam, thunderbolt, psychic and surf will give opponents the jitters. Starmie is also capable of learning the coveted "recover", an ability which restores 50% HP.

All of the above makes Starmie a real contender for the number one spot.

3) Nidoking

(The King Lizard Pokemon, Nidoking)

Types: Poison and Ground

Nidoking is an imposing sight to behold. Boasting higher than average statistics in defense and special defense, he can take a beating. Nidoking shines particularly in speed, HP and special attack making him formidable at attacking powerfully quickly. Add this to his physical attack, which is his strongest attribute and he's a real powerhouse.

Type strengths and weaknesses wise, Nidoking is more fortunate than unfortunate. Because he is a poison type, he need only worry about psychic and ground attacks. For his secondary type, ground, he only needs to worry about ice and water. Resistance-wise, Nidoking is tough and can easily resist bug, rock, and fighting types. He's very resistant (25% damage received) to poison and completely immune to electricity.

Like Starmie, Nidoking is particularly successful due to its moves. Boasting an impressive array of different types, Nidoking is almost a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to moves. Nidoking can learn the following types: poison, ground, fire, ice, electricity, fighting, bug, water and rock. If Nidoking has earthquake, rockslide, and two unusual types, like thunderbolt and ice beam, he can be formidable against many different types.

2) Dragonite

(The dragon Pokemon, Dragonite)

Types: Dragon and Flying

While it perhaps looks similar to another dragon from another media form, Dragonite is definitely something else here. Dragonite boasts some of the most impressive statistics in the original game and features above average speed, solid HP, and even more solid defense. Dragonite's special attack and special defense are particularly high, making it equally dangerous as it is defensive. But the dragon's most prominent stat is its attack, which is very high indeed and capable of ruining a Pokemon's day quite easily.

Type weaknesses and strengths wise, Dragonite is only weak to dragon and rock but is unfortunately very weak (4x damage received) to ice. Resistance-wise, Dragonite is tough against fire, water, bug and fighting and very resistant to grass. Dragonite is completely invulnerable to ground.

Dragonite is capable of learning a large amount of different types of attacks. Dragonite can learn the following: fire, dragon, flying, electricity, ice and psychic. Like the previously discussed Pokemon, Dragonite is devastating with a powerful physical attack like hyper beam and a couple of special attacks like thunderbolt and ice beam.

1) Blastoise

(The shellfish Pokemon, Blastoise)

Type: Water

Who wouldn't find a creature with two cannons protruding out of its shell intimidating? Blastoise's statistics for HP and speed are solid, meaning more-than-above-average. Its attack and special attack are higher still, allowing it to deal damage. Blastoise's greatest asset is its defensive prowess, with defense and special defense all nicely high, allowing it to withstand some serious punishment. This Pokemon is a well-rounded, tough competitor.

Type weaknesses and strengths wise, Blastoise is only vulnerable to grass and electricity. The shellfish Pokemon is resistant to fire, water and ice. The lack of weaknesses and amount of strengths this Pokemon has really sets it apart from most others.

Blastoise isn't capable of learning as many types of attacks as some of the preceding Pokemon in this list, but can still learn a fair few. Our shell fish friend can learn water, fighting, ice, rock, and ground, allowing it some diversity and the ability to surprise unaware opponents. A Blastoise combined with attacks like surf, ice beam, earthquake and rock slide will be a force to be reckoned with.

There you have it. Blastoise is the winner because of its solid-to-high attributes, limited vulnerabilities and the good array of attack types it can learn.

Am I right? Am I wrong? What are your top 5? Leave your answers in the comments.

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Original Pokemon virtual console release sells over 1.5 million units worldwide https://www.gameskinny.com/3iqet/original-pokemon-virtual-console-release-sells-over-15-million-units-worldwide https://www.gameskinny.com/3iqet/original-pokemon-virtual-console-release-sells-over-15-million-units-worldwide Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:27:03 -0400 Jeffrey Rousseau

Nintendo has reported that the virtual console releases of Pokémon Blue, Red, Yellow, and Green (Japan only) have sold over 1.5 million units. Their earnings report from the previous fiscal year also shows that most downloads were from the American market. 

The original release of Pokémon (Pocket Monsters) was in 1996 for the Game Boy. The titles, developed by Gamefreak and featuring art from Ken Sugimori, introduced players to the concept of fighting, catching, and training monsters. Over time as new releases launched, these first entries in the Pokemon series became known among fans as Generation 1.

Generation 1 introduced the original 150 (151 counting Mew) monsters and gameplay features core to the series' design. Battle relies upon the rock, paper, scissors weakness system among 15 different types of Pokémon. The concept of having version-exclusive creatures was created as well. The story follows a boy leaving home to experience the world at large. Our protagonist meets a rival, battles gym leaders, and foils a nefarious organization on his quest to become the champion. 

As the series celebrates its 20 year anniversary, Pokemon is still popular as ever.

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Pokemon's 20th anniversary 3DS bundle announced https://www.gameskinny.com/ouy33/pokemons-20th-anniversary-3ds-bundle-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/ouy33/pokemons-20th-anniversary-3ds-bundle-announced Fri, 15 Jan 2016 07:25:51 -0500 Benjamin Browning

On February 27th, the Pokemon Company is releasing a special edition version of the New 3DS. This edition not only has digital versions of the original Red and Blue games pre-installed, but the bundle also includes a downloadable code for a free menu theme and two changeable cover plates themed after Charizard and Blastoise.

Along with the release of Pokemon’s New 3DS bundle deal, the updated Yellow version will be out that same day, as well. Green version will be exclusively offered in Japan, just like it was in 1996.

The four new games—three if not in Japan—have new features that the originals 20 years ago simply could not do: they can trade and battle -- amongst themselves, of course, not with X, Y, Alpha Sapphire, and Omega Ruby. Subsequently, the newest 3DS handheld unfortunately does not come with a charger, even the Pokemon version.

Pokémon players with Pokémon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, X or Y will also be able to pick up Mew, Darkrai, Arceus and Genesect, one-by-one, during GameStop events throughout the year. Additionally, on Feb. 27, Nintendo will make some of the ‘best-selling’ Pokémon amiibo — Charizard, Jigglypuff, Greninja, Lucario and Pikachu — available at ‘select retailers," the Pokemon Company stated, reported by Megan Farokhmanesh on Polygon.

So, if you are a fan of the first journey of becoming a Pokemon master, or even need a gift idea, be sure to preorder a copy from participating retailers, so you are guaranteed in getting it.

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Original Pokemon games re-releasing on virtual console https://www.gameskinny.com/9p6hh/original-pokemon-games-re-releasing-on-virtual-console https://www.gameskinny.com/9p6hh/original-pokemon-games-re-releasing-on-virtual-console Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:36:47 -0500 Goldenbolt

The Nintendo Direct event gave a lot of new information featuring information on a ton of games slated for the end of the year and a good portion of 2016. In the midst of explaining a lot of the new titles coming to the Nintendo 3DS and the eShop, Bill Trinen took a moment to announce that the original Pokémon games: Red, Blue, and Yellow, would be finally arriving on the 3DS Virtual Console.

He promised that the games are going to stay as true to the originals as possible, meaning that linking and trading Pokémon will have to make an appearance of some sort! Luckily, the games will allow you to battle and trade without the need for a link cable. 

And if all of that doesn't have you feeling nostalgic enough yet, the games are being re-released on February 27th, 2016. Does the date sound familiar? It's actually the original launch day of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue in the United States back in 1996!

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7 things everybody did in Pokemon Red/Blue at least once https://www.gameskinny.com/bkodf/7-things-everybody-did-in-pokemon-redblue-at-least-once https://www.gameskinny.com/bkodf/7-things-everybody-did-in-pokemon-redblue-at-least-once Sun, 23 Aug 2015 06:13:09 -0400 Daniel R. Miller

Pokemon has been the epitome of masterful handheld game design for many years. The series has seen six unique iterations, with three of those iterations getting remakes, all of which have evolved the Pokemon experience in some unique way. Over time, the developers have tightened up minor imbalances by adding new types, created all new team-building strategies based purely around Natural abilities, and have introduced mini games strictly for EV/IV statistic enhancement.  

Before all of these became the norm in the Poke-verse, things were a lot simpler. Type, statistics, and movesets pretty much determined everything. Having a Psychic type was a must. Almost everyone started with Charmander, and your rival was actually a rival.

Pokemon Red/Blue was a playground for experimentation and customization. As a result, there are certain trends that inevitably became popular. Here are the 7 things that everybody did in the original generation of Pokemon.

1.  Made some variation of the word "ass" a part of their rival's name. And it was deserved.

Blue was an ass.  All he did from the beginning to the end of your journey was remark how much farther ahead he was than you.  And he was right.  He was legitimately tough, which made him even more unlikeable. But you couldn't help but smirk at least a little when the screen faded to black and the words "ASSWIPE wants to fight!" came up.  Despite his jerk-titude, the kiddies in X & Y have nothing on Blue.

2. Took at least a minute to figure out that you had to go into the tall grass to find Professor Oak.

Just where the hell is Profossor Oak when you first leave your house? Seriously, his house has one floor and his assistants are some of the least helpful people in the Pokemon world. Unless your mom was hiding him in the refridgerator, Oak must have a portal to some alternate universe that he only activates when 10 year old children approach tall grass. Maybe that's where he gets all of the starter Pokemon that conveniently can't be caught in the wild...

3. Bought Magikarp from the sketchy salesman at least once.

Hey that guy was convincing, alright? Bulbapedia wasn't there to tell me that it was a waste of 500 bucks. Who knew you were going to get an Old Rod like an hour later? Buyer's remorse...

4. Dropped one of their champions for MewTwo as soon as they caught it.

"Holy crap, it's Level 70!!" cried just about every Pokemon player when they encountered MewTwo for the first time. Not only that, MewTwo wrecked everything. In those days, Psychics didn't have a weakness. Dark types weren't created until Gold/Silver, so you always had a good chance to win if you had Alakazam or Hypno in your lineup throughout the main storyline. Your prospects increased tenfold if you upgraded to MewTwo. That is, until your best friend got it too, and every link battle boiled down to "whose MewTwo faints first?"

5. Traded with themselves at least once.

Whether you were lucky enough to have a copy of each game (and a second Gameboy), or you snuck a trade when your buddy wasn't looking, everybody tried trading with themselves at least once. Growlithe, Vulpix, Magmar, Electabuzz, Scyther were all unique to specific versions, and it could be so frustrating to have a Graveler, Machoke, Kadabra or Haunter just sitting there for weeks on end, knowing that you could be even more powerful if you just had a quick way to trade and trade back. It was also the only way to (kind of) attempt an Ash simulation, by trading over the other two starters.

6. Thought Ditto was a great idea at first, then battled with it, and threw it back into the PC, never to see the light of day again.

The anime makes Ditto look strategically viable, by copying its moveset and turning it on its opponent. So why wouldn't that be the same for the game? If only Ditto weren't so weak, and didn't have to burn a turn to use Transform, likely being damaged in the process. Well, at least it has a new lease on life as a Pokemon Breeder's sex slave, right?

7. Used the Missingno glitch to get 100 Master Balls and Rare Candies.

"Yeah, I totally trained all these myself." Liar. As skilled as some Pokemon players are, 100 hours is not enough to get all 151 'mons to Level 100 without a little help.  Mmmm, candy.

What about you? Did you do these things? What other things do you think should be on this list? Let me know in the comments!

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The easiest way to catch Mew in Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow https://www.gameskinny.com/dzy22/the-easiest-way-to-catch-mew-in-pokemon-redblueyellow https://www.gameskinny.com/dzy22/the-easiest-way-to-catch-mew-in-pokemon-redblueyellow Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:41:00 -0400 Michael Slevin

Ever wanted to fill that 151st spot of the Pokédex in you Pokémon Red, Blue, or Yellow version? Here is how to do it while keeping your game file safe.

Note: I have captured Mew with this process many, many times and it has not corrupted or broken any of my games.

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL VIDEO TUTORIAL 

What you will need:

1. An Abra that knows teleport, this will be a little tough as Abra is rare and will use Teleport as soon as you encounter it. Either immediately throw a ball at it or try to put it to sleep. You can find an Abra on Route 24/25

2. You see trainer number 4 in the image above? Make sure you have not fought him yet. If you have, this specific method will not work.

3. You see trainer number 7 in the image below hiding in the grass on the left? Make sure you haven't fought him either. 

4. Have lots of Pokéballs and be ready to capture Mew. It will be level 7 every time, so make sure you are stocked up on whatever you need. Ideally you will want a Pokémon who can paralyze Mew or put it to sleep.

The Capture Method

Step 1

Now, the first step to catching Mew is to walk in front of trainer number 7 and pressing start at the exact same time that you walk in front of him. If you get it right, it should look something like this. Be sure to go straight down at him, do not go from the side.

Save near the trainer before attempting this first step, just in case you need to try a few times. But once you get the same screen as above, go into your Pokémon and have Abra teleport to the Cerulean Pokémon Center.

Step 2

Okay, you have completed the first step, and now that you are at the Pokémon Center walk up the Nugget Bridge and fight the trainer seen in the image below. Be sure to walk against the wall just like the image shows. If you walk up close to him in order to initiate the fight, your game will freeze.

Step 3

Defeat the Youngster Trainer, and then teleport once again back to the Cerulean Pokemon Center. Now, just walk up the Nugget Bridge once again. Your start screen will randomly pop up, so just exit out and keep walking.

Step 5

Now Mew will appear. Congrats! Now you just need to catch it.

 

Once again, if you would like to see it all done in video form I recorded a video just for you so click here!

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15 Pokemon rock and metal covers you need to listen to https://www.gameskinny.com/stpgn/15-pokemon-rock-and-metal-covers-you-need-to-listen-to https://www.gameskinny.com/stpgn/15-pokemon-rock-and-metal-covers-you-need-to-listen-to Wed, 17 Jun 2015 02:30:02 -0400 SwordandSorcery

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When not delving into the world of remixes or orchestrations, it can be pretty hard to find cover versions of Junichi Masuda's work that are not metal or rock based. That does not, however, mean they are undeserving of praise or attention. These artists add something new to the music already in existence with their covers.

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So take a moment to appreciate not only these covers, but also other Pokémon music covers out there. You will not regret it.

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Pokémon X/Y Guitar Medley by FamilyJules7X

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I got to a point where I could only pick 1 song covered by this artist, FamilyJules7X. The choice was difficult so I picked the one that packed the most into one medley. This medley includes a number of different cities from Pokémon X and Y, Lysandre's theme, and the theme from the Pokéball factory, and a few others I will leave as a surprise (or you could just follow the link to the YouTube page and look there).

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The themes in this medley are very, very different in some ways but somehow FamilyJules7X has made them fit together excellently.

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FamilyJules7X is an American musician who makes video game music covers and has written an album specifically for Crypt of the Necrodancer called Aria's Ascent.

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Pokemon B/W (Rock Remix) - Nimbasa City by Shady Cicada

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From what I recall of Nimbasa city in Pokémon Black and White versions, it is a pretty large place, with a few sports stadiums, the Musical Theater, a Ferris wheel, and a gym. Nimbasa is not as large or intimidating as Castelia city, of course. But I always enjoyed the generally upbeat theme. This cover is certainly less so but anyone who liked music that played in Nimbasa will probably like this version as well.

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Shady Cicada is a composer who covers and remixes already existing music as well as writes his own, incorporating many different genres into his work.

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Pokémon X&Y Bicycle Theme Metal Cover by Arathrum

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For those of you who breed Pokémon (as the artist, Arathrum, noted), you will probably know this song all too well and perhaps even be sick of listening to it because you have spent hours of your time riding back and forth in front of the day care center, waiting for your Pokémon to lay that 6 IV egg. Even if you are tired of it, give this version a spin. Though Arathrum tries to stay as close to the original as possible, the guitars give it a different feel.

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Arathrum does mostly metal video game covers, and from time to time his own compositions. He is from The Netherlands.

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Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire - Wally Battle Theme Guitar Cover by RawkHawkRockin

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In the remake versions of Ruby and Sapphire, Wally, one of your rivals, gets his own theme. He is pretty frail and delicate at first so the theme is a little more fitting later on in the game. Due to the fact that this cover and the original are so similar it becomes an effort to replicate the original as closely as possible, and RawkHawkRockin does this brilliantly.

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There is not much information about RawkHawkRockin out there, besides that he does video game music covers and that he is Greek. Hopefully we will see more of him in the future!

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Pokemon Colosseum - Cipher Peon Full Band Metal Cover by Dr. Pez - VGM 

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Pokémon Colosseum is one of those games that not many people know about. The game is a GameCube game, in which the only Pokémon you can catch you actually have to snatch from other trainers. But before you freak out, these Pokémon have been corrupted to be fighting machines, unafraid of attacking humans. In this game it is your job to purify these creatures, returning them to their normal, uncorrupted states, as well as figure out who is responsible for all these "shadow Pokémon."

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More importantly, the musical cover is one of several battle themes, this one of a battle with a Cipher peon. Dr. Pez and his fellow musicians, HatTrax and Ashikodrum, handle this one with ease, though the original song was made for such instruments. In some ways, it is better that they do not deviate from the original's composition.

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Dr. Pez and Ashikodrum both do video game covers, and while HatTrax also covers these sorts of songs he also does some classic and progressive rock songs.

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Pokémon R/S/E: Victory Road - Metal Cover || RichaadEB by RichaadEB

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Generation 3's Victory Road music is probably one of my favorite Victory Road themes. After Ever Grande city's encouraging theme this one seems more harsh and challenging.

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Ruby and Sapphire are full of synthesized trumpets and I am surprised how well the guitars fit. Nevertheless, metal is full of harsher sounds and thus such a style is fitting for the theme.

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RichaadEB, or Rich, is a YouTube guitarist who does (metal) covers of video game music, and otherwise is a big nerd.

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Pokémon Theme Cover (feat. Dookieshed, MunchingOrange, NintendoFanFTW, and more!) by NateWantsToBattle

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I admit, I cheated a bit here. The Pokémon anime theme is not strictly game related, but it is not entirely unrelated either, so I decided to throw it in. A lot of us, now adults, remember this as part of our childhood, an accompaniment to the games.

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NateWantsToBattle, one of the many featured in this cover, is pretty talented on his own. I almost decided to go with his Lysandre's Theme cover. But then I found this and the nostalgia waves pummeled me into submission. Admit it, you like it too.

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NateWantsToBattle roped dookieshed, Munchingorange, NintendoFanFTW, RandomEncountersEnt, TheKingNappy, ReallyFreakinClever, and TheShueTube all into this video cover.

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NateWantsToBattle covers anime and video game songs. Dookieshed, Munchingorange and NintendoFanFTW all make their own videos about video games (walkthroughs, Top 10s, and other amusing things). RandomEncountersEnt and TheShueTube make their own parody music videos. TheKingNappy posts daily Pokémon content, and ReallyFreakinClever looks at and discusses game design choices.

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All in all, quite a crew!

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Champion Battle (Pokémon G/S/C) Guitar Cover by DSC

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This cover is based on one of the most intimidating themes in the Pokémon universe. In Gold, Silver and Crystal, as well as HeartGold and SoulSilver, it plays during the Champion battle with Lance, and during the final battle with Red. I remember my seven year old self finally reaching the Champion with my under-leveled team (I was at the age when I did not understand battling trainers was necessary and viewed them as an annoyance). The sense of foreboding, and the anxiety the theme music seemed to generate in me was practically tangible. And yet I felt so ready for the challenge.

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On guitars I have to admit while the song loses none of its awesomeness. But the parts with falling notes, for me, lose some of the feelings I remember watching my Pokémon's HP plummet after a nasty hit. That does not mean, however, that it is not a good cover, and it is worth a listen.

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DSC, or Dominic Choi, an Australian and the artist in question, posts game music covers every two weeks on Fridays on his YouTube channel.

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Pokemon GSC - Game Corner [Guitar Cover] by BrodysGameMusic

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In the end, I picked this theme because the game corner, once a feature in the first 3-4 generations of games, was ultimately removed from the series. Players used to be able to trade coins they won by betting for Pokémon, items, TMs and in later installments, decorations for secret bases.

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Are the games worse off for their removal? Probably not, but the tune that played in the old Gold, Silver and Crystal game corner reminds me of a relatively carefree time of my life I sometimes wish I could go back to.

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BrodysGameMusic brings back this theme without most of the previously staccato notes, but I certainly do not mind because he keeps the original intent and spirit of the piece alive.

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BrodysGameMusic, or Brody, plays music as a hobby, covering mostly game music and occasionally writing some original tracks.

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Pokemon (2nd gen) - "Team Rocket Battle" [Metal Guitar Cover] by Ferdk

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Ok, admittedly Team Rocket is a bit wimpy. But this song has always gotten me feeling ready for a fight, one way or another. Though Team Rocket may be undeserving of such an awesome metal cover and theme in the first place, I still love what Ferdk did with the battle theme. Turning the tune into a metal composition gave it an even more sinister feel.

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Ferdk is from Argentina and does metal video game covers in his spare time. He also writes his own original music.

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Pokemon City Rock Medley (RBY/GSC) by Swiggles1987

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Since I found a load of Gold, Silver and Crystal covers as well, why not have a piece that combines Red, Blue and Yellow pieces with Gold Silver and Crystal pieces to transition between the two?

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Anyways, this is a pretty cool combination and takes on a number of city themes from the first two generations, including Vermillion, Viridian, and Saffron cities, as well as Olivine and Blackthorn cities. The S.S. Anne theme is also thrown in there for good measure.

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The medley changes up the tempos of a few of the songs a little and adds some embellishments here and there, but they ultimately are all excellent choices and I love what the artist did with it.

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Swiggles1987 covers video game music on YouTube (and takes requests), as well as composes music for smaller video games.

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Pokémon R/B/Y Route 11 Guitar Cover Feat Paul Farrer by KawlumPlaysGuitar

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If I had to pick one route in the original Pokémon games with the best music, it would be route 11. There is something about the whole song that makes me feel like I really am on an epic journey. I was completely bummed, then, when I felt FireRed and LeafGreen butchered the theme.

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But this cover nails it.

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There are a few frills here and there, but they add to the cover rather than take away from it.

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KawlumPlaysGuitar and Paul Farrer had little information on each of them other than what was on their YouTube profiles. KawlumPlaysGuitar is "slowly 'Metalifying' the world" and Paul Farrer does metal covers and original songs. Well, I certainly hope to hear more from the both of them.

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Pokemon RBY Gym Leader Guitar Cover by Galiasocial

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Another Red, Blue and Yellow cover! There are actually two versions of the cover in this video, one with drums and one without.

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Like the previous cover, this cover of the Red, Blue and Yellow Gym Leader and Elite Four theme brings new life to the tune. Due to the fact that guitars are pretty capable of emulating the sounds of other instruments (or even Gameboys) it sounds more than appropriate. Feeling nostalgic yet? I sure am.

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Galiasocial (or, Galia Social) is actually a trio of musicians: Colby Peters, Ed Rizo, and Christian Logaglio. They typically play pop and rock music in Florida though they may be branching out further to other regions.

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Pokémon Battle Theme (Blue/Red/Yellow) Guitar Cover by Carlos Malanche

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Having played Blue, Red, Yellow, and FireRed and LeafGreen an absurd number of times, I have heard a couple of versions of this theme many times over. That being said, the tune is not one that gets old or annoying fast, which is a good thing because if you play the original games or the remakes you will be hearing it a lot.

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And while this cover sounds pretty similar to the original, it lends something to the theme that the Gameboy version perhaps did not have. Simply put, actual instruments sound way better than electronic beeps...unless that is the kind of sound you enjoy.

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Unfortunately there seem to be a lot of "Carlos Malanches" out there. This particular artist only has a few YouTube videos out there and no description on his account, so I was reduced to looking around Google, through many possible matches, none of which seemed likely. Whoever you are, dude, we appreciate your work.

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Pokémon Route 1 on Guitar by CSGuitar89

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Ok, this one does not look like a rock cover in the first few seconds, but it gets there. There are a few covers in here that are a bit deceptive like that.  This tune brings back memories of my second journey in the Pokémon world. Unfortunately this also brings back memories of a failed randomizer Nuzlocke. I met a legendary in the wild. Amusingly (or perhaps frustratingly) it spontaneously combusted with Self-Destruct and eliminated my only Pokémon. Curse you, Registeel!

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However, I have to admit I like CSGuitar89's take on the theme. This cover is a bit more upbeat than even the original.

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CSGuitar89, or Casper, is from the Netherlands and does video game guitar covers. Some day he hopes to record his own original music.

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Pokémon games, are, for the most part, not known best for their music. However, that does not mean the games are not filled with catchy, uplifting, and dramatic themes! Many are deserving of appreciation.

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I attempted to find as many different artists covering different tunes as I could, and what resulted was, to some extent, a bias towards the original games and Gold, Silver and Crystal, though almost every generation has something in here.

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Here are the 15 I picked out:

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Which Pokemon game is the best? https://www.gameskinny.com/ba372/which-pokemon-game-is-the-best https://www.gameskinny.com/ba372/which-pokemon-game-is-the-best Wed, 13 May 2015 17:00:10 -0400 Alex Crissey

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My verdict: FireRed and LeafGreen are the best Pokemon games

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I came very close to picking X&Y. They're great, modern versions of a game that keeps on going, and if I had to recommend one to someone new to the series, it would be that pair. 

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But there are a few too many flaws in those games for them to be the best. No one plays Pokemon games for the difficulty, but there should at least be some challenge. FireRed and LeafGreen offer that, plus the classic story, Pokemon, and scenes. They're not my personal favorites--that would be Gold and Silver, which are amazing, but a little archaic to be considered the very best, like no one ever was... except FireRed and LeafGreen. These are the games that blend the classic story with modern mechanics, and they're the best the series has to offer.

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Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
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Why they're the best:

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Ruby and Sapphire were already great games; bring in 3D graphics and X&Y mechanics and they become even better. That means you get the great music, region, and evil team story, but with 3D battling, diagonal running, and all the advancements that have been made since 2003. Plus, they add an excellent postgame story centered around Rayquaza.

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Why they're not:

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First of all, these names keep making less and less sense. Second of all, they're great games, but like HeartGold and SoulSilver, it's not clear that we really need these remakes. And they're really easy. Sense a trend here? The games keep getting easier and easier; you'll have to try hard to lose even once in these games. The games also inexplicably leave out certain X&Y innovations, such as the customizable characters. They offer online play now, but when that's gone, we'll be left with just a shinier version of a game that was already great.

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And the winner is...

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Pokemon X&Y
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Why they're the best:

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This is the game where Pokemon, for the first time, took a giant step forward instead of a gradual one. This game introduced THREE DEE graphics, diagonal running (finally!), roller blading, customizable characters, and mega evolution. The gyms are great, the region is beautiful, and it's great to see all the old favorites (and some new ones) in 3D. The games also boast fantastic online play. This is the Pokemon series' Ocarina of Time or Metroid Prime; the game that made a bold, fantastic transition into the next dimension.

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Why they're not:

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Great as these games are, there are a couple of things that hold them back. First of all, they're incredibly easy, even more so than Black and White. That goes double if you use the experience share. The Elite 4 still has four Pokemon apiece and remains a cakewalk. All in all, it feels more like a kid's game than any preceding it, difficulty-wise.

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Pokemon Black 2 & White 2
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Why they're the best:

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The first direct sequels in the series' history re-explore the Unova region several years into the future, which hearkens back to the second half of Gold and Silver and is interesting to revisit. The game also brings back the Pokemon of generations past, something the originals were sorely lacking. And for those looking for a challenge, these games offer the series' only challenge mode, which ramps up the entire game's difficulty.

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Why they're not:

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Can a direct sequel really be the best Pokemon game ever? The idea works better as the second half of a game, such as Gold and Silver, than it does as a standalone game. Plus, they bring back many of the flaws of the original Black and White, such as pixellated Pokemon and easy Elite 4. These games are basically a glorified third version for Black and White a la Crystal or Yellow, which is an interesting idea, but doesn't make for the best Pokemon game ever. 

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Pokemon Black and White
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Why they're the best:

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This is when Pokemon really started to go for impressive visuals. The seasons change in this one, the gyms are memorable, and there are huge bridges everywhere. It has the makings of a good story line (albeit with a somewhat underwhelming resolution), and solid post game content.

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Why they're not:

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Full disclosure: this is my least favorite pair of Pokemon games. That basically comes down to two things for me: the lack of the old Pokemon, and how incredibly easy this game is. One constant as the series has evolved is that the games have gotten better looking, but the Pokemon designs have gotten worse and worse. By excluding the old favorites, not only do they leave out plenty of people's favorite Pokemon, but they give a bigger stage to their worst designs yet. And the game is really easy. Like too easy. The levels are low, the TMs are reusable, and the Elite 4 is a total cakewalk with only four Pokemon apiece.

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Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver
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Why they're the best:

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Just take everything I wrote about Gold and Silver and put it here, basically. But you can also add the fact that these remakes updated those great games to the modern age, getting rid of such annoyances as the lack of running shoes, the inability to tell how powerful moves are, and the cumbersome PC system.

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Why they're not:

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Unlike Red and Blue, which had enough flaws to warrant a need for remakes, Gold and Silver didn't really need the treatment. As long as you're fine with 8-bit graphics, they're fine on their own, which makes these remakes feel a bit inessential, which is never a word used to describe the best game in a series. Also, the names of these remakes just keep getting dumber.

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Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum
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Why they're the best:

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These games seem to be gaining a reputation as sort of the middle child of the Pokemon series: overlooked and unremembered. That's largely undeserved, as these are great games, particularly Platinum. The games feature the memorable Sinnoh region, a solid degree of difficulty, good music (always an important Pokemon feature), and are improved by Platinum, which increased the battle speed and added the Distortion World, one of the coolest areas ever to appear in a Pokemon game.

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Why they're not:

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The new Pokemon aren't great, and there's serious Pokemon overload at this point, particularly legendary Pokemon. Seriously, if this many Pokemon are considered legendary, doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose? But the thing about these games is that there's nothing really wrong with them, but there's also nothing that really stands out to make them the best in the series. They're great games, but they don't have that "it" factor that a game like Super Metroid has, when you just know it's the best a series has to offer.

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Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen
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Why it's the best:

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There's not much wrong with the first remakes in the Pokemon series; they basically took the story, Pokemon, region, and characters from the original Red and Blue and updated them with Ruby and Sapphire mechanics and graphics. That means the original 151 are back, including the best starters in the series; the great music, towns, and leaders all return, but you don't have to deal with nagging issues like psychic-type dominance or the 20-item limit. Plus, the remakes introduced new post game content featuring many of the Pokemon from Gold and Silver, increasing playability and replay value.

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Why it's not:

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Basically, the one thing FireRed and LeafGreen don't have going for them is that they're not in 3D, they don't feature diagonal running or impressive visuals of the newer games. Other than that, this is pretty much a perfect Pokemon experience.

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Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald
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Why it's the best:

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Ruby and Sapphire were the series' first jump into the next generation, and it shows with a host of improvements: the region is great, the game is less reliant on archaic structures like the PC boxes, and the game actually gives you details on the moves, which somehow had never happened before. These games have a solid degree of difficulty and probably the best story climax of any of these games.

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Why they're not:

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This game offers plenty that's new, but it surprisingly scrapped a lot of the innovations of Gold and Silver. There's no night and day system, no second region to visit, no PokeGear. This is also the first time the series started to suffer from a bit of Pokemon overload; it didn't help that many of the new Pokemon were basically carbon copies of the originals (looking in your direction, Beautifly) or pointless filler Pokemon (hello, Luvdisc!).

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Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal
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Why they're the best:

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Now here's where it gets interesting. These are the longest games in the series, providing 16 badges to acquire instead of 8 as you revisit the region from the original Red and Blue, something that hasn't been done in a Pokemon game since. The night and day scheme, the situational events such as the bug-catching contest, and a series-best final battle are all aspects of these games that haven't been matched since.

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Why it's not:

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There's still no running, no indication of how powerful moves are, and 8-bit graphics. Having two regions means the levels in the early game are significantly lower than any other. It simply can't match the 3D spectacle (and gameplay improvements) of the newer games, at least not entirely.

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Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow
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Let's start, of course, with the very first games in the series.

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Why they're the best:

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These are the very first games in the series, the genesis of it all. These are the games that gave us the original 151 Pokemon (which remain, to this day, the best set of Pokemon created yet), as well as the formula which each game has followed: eight badges, gym leaders who work with a certain type, rivals; literally everything about the series can be traced back here.

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But it's not all nostalgia making this argument (though it mostly is). These were the games when catching them all was actually something every player could do, rather than an insane task that will occupy hundreds of hours as you hunt down Pokemon that were only released as "special events." The original towns and leaders are still the best; the degree of difficulty is just right here; and the music and charm of these games are second to none.

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Why they're not:

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Let's be honest: no one who didn't play these games back in the '90s can really appreciate them now. There have just been too many improvements. The 20-item bag, lack of running, lack of an on-screen bar telling you far until the next level are all annoying lapses now that we know they could exist. There are fewer moves, and no indication in the game as to how powerful each move is, which limits strategy. Also, catching 'em all would be fun, but do you know anyone with a Game Boy and a link cable? I didn't think so.

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It basically boils down to this: these games are historically important, setting the foundation off of which every subsequent Pokemon game has built. But, the fact that they built that foundation means that they have also been bettered by each new Pokemon game that has come along.

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It's incredible, but the Pokemon series has been around for nearly 20 years now. There have been six generations, ten sets of main series games, as well as countless spin-offs, cards, toys, and anime episodes.
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But of all these games, which is the best? Which Pokemon game delivers the essential experience? Let's take them one by one, weigh the pros and cons, and decide.

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Top 10 Nintendo Franchises https://www.gameskinny.com/9y3q4/top-10-nintendo-franchises https://www.gameskinny.com/9y3q4/top-10-nintendo-franchises Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:18:49 -0400 Brian Spaen

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1. Super Mario

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Series highlights:

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  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES - 1990)
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  • Super Mario World (SNES - 1991)
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  • Super Mario Galaxy (Wii - 2007)
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What did you expect? Nintendo's favorite plumber is not only their most successful mascot, but it's the most popular. Super Mario titles have sold well and Nintendo has no problems throwing the mascot on a game that may not sell as much, but Mario will spawn title sales.

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Whatever their last names are, both Mario and Luigi deserve getting some props. They've been a part of the Nintendo franchise from the beginning, and it will never dissolve.

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2. The Legend of Zelda

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  • A Link to the Past (Super NES - 1991)
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  • Ocarina of Time (N64 - 1998)
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  • Wind Waker HD (Wii U - 2013)
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What else did you expect? We've barely talked about the top-down action adventure with a hint of RPG elements, but it's exactly what the doctor orders after a long week. The long quests featuring Link are both legendary and unique. While the series has gotten a tad stale with the same names again and again, changing things will help them in the long run.

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Ocarina of Time, the first title on N64, is regarded by some (including me) as the best game ever created. Every title's been a stellar hit, but when the games kick ass, you can easily be talked out of it.

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3. Pokemon

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  • Pokemon Red/Blue (Game Boy - 1998)
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You can't deny Nintendo's most infamous small mascots. It's hard to keep track of them all -- especially since they branched out and don't try to play cross-country games. The original concept of having 150 total monsters and needing to play two games and trade with others playing a different cartridge was ideal -- even though you left with no points.

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There's only one franchise -- Pokemon -- that's sold over 260 million total titles in the franchise.

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4. Mario Kart

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  • Mario Kart Wii (Wii - 2008)
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What was played before Super Smash Bros. ruled the college dorms? Nintendo 64's rendition of the Mario Kart franchise. MK64 is widely hailed as the franchise's high point, and the sequels have since kept up with its formula with the music, sounds, and familiar tracks.

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The Mario Kart franchise is the second-best selling product under the Mario umbrella with over 100 million copies, topping Madden, Assassins' Creed, and even the realistic racer, Gran Turismo.

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5. Donkey Kong Country

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  • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Super Nintendo - 1995)
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The Super Nintendo trilogy was one of the most beautiful looking games in the 16-bit era, and while some didn't love the transition to a 3D platformer, the series ultimately fell to a sudden halt after Rare bolted to Microsoft.

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It made a triumphant return nearly 10 years later on the Wii with one of the hardest remakes in the franchise. DKC Returns will give absolutely anybody fits, even the masters of the original platformer during the SNES era. Even though DK64 has its place in history, it's hard to say this franchise doesn't thrive on its 2D brilliance.

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6. Mario Party

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  • Mario Party 3 (N64 - 2001)
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  • Mario Party 5 (Gamecube - 2003)
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  • Mario Party 8 (Wii - 2007)
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Agreed, there's very few Nintendo franchises as uninventive as Mario Party, but I'll be damned if it isn't one of the most fun. Any game will test the patience of any video game player that truly says they don't get pissed if things aren't going their way in a multiplayer contest.

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Despite just having numbers after the titles, each game does have their own feel and uniqueness that fans will be asking for their favorite at a party. Ever have some buddies over and trying to figure out what to do with a case of beer? It doesn't get much better than a round of Mario Party.

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7. Metroid

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  • Super Metroid (Super Nintendo - 1994)
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  • Metroid II: Return of Samus (Game Boy - 1991)
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  • Metroid Prime (Gamecube - 2002)
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It wasn't the best selling Nintendo franchise, but it featured one of the company's most unique and great games. One of the best platformer titles of all time -- Super Metroid -- is a game that many tried to mimic but couldn't duplicate. Even the jump to a first-person shooter felt comfortable because it didn't feel forced, weird, or much different from the predecessors.

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Metroid deserves to sit next to all the other popular Nintendo franchises. It won't be the first that comes off the tongue, but it may have had some of the best games ever created under the company's umbrella.

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8. Wii Sports

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  • Wii Sports (Wii - 2006)
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  • Wii Sports Resort (Wii - 2008)
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  • Wii Sports Club (Wii U - 2013)
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Not many people would immediately think about Wii Sports as a franchise, but it's one of Nintendo's most successful games in history. The packaged add-on to the Wii console generated so much conversation that the franchise itself has sold over 109 million copies. Wii Sports was essentially a demo of what the Wii could do in its early stages. Unfortunately, the revolutionary machine couldn't do much past it, and gamers preferred the traditional controller over the Wiimote and Nunchuck combination.

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Still, the original five-sport demo was a blast to pop in whenever you were bored, and the sequel was just as fun with the additional games and play modes -- regardless of how simplified they are. Don't tell me there weren't multiple playthroughs of the 3-point challenge in basketball in Wii Sports Resort!

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9. Mario Sports

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  • NES Open (NES - 1991)
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  • Mario Tennis (N64 - 2000)
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  • Mario Super Sluggers (Wii - 2008)
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Realistic sports are a blast to play, but sometimes it's fun to add a little bit of craziness to it. Midway had the infamous NBA Jam and NFL Blitz titles, but Nintendo added their own spin with their most popular mascot and his friends. From the NES to the Wii U, Nintendo has always had a wide variety of sports titles featuring the plumber.

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Just trying to narrow it down to three titles is next to impossible. Outside of a solid football title, a popular North American sport, if there's any sport that you want to enjoy on a Nintendo console, a game with the mustached mascot will generally exceed expectations.

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10. Super Smash Bros.

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  • Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo 64 - 1999)
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  • Super Smash Bros. Melee (Gamecube - 2001)
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  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii - 2008)
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Who knew that putting Nintendo mascots in one big four player brawlfest would have become so popular? The series kicked off with the insanely fun N64 debut, but the series hit its high point with SSB: Melee, a game that ruled dorms and parties throughout the turn of the millennium and partly why the Gamecube was as successful as it got. For a series that just has three titles, selling over 22 million copies is a true testament to how fun the game is.

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There's nothing quite like Nintendo franchises in the video game industry. It's why the Japanese giant continues to publish on their own systems -- there's a huge variety of games that simply can't be found on other consoles or the PC.

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The reason for why the rankings are as they are is a combination of popularity, sales, and the historic value of the series. Each of these franchises own a piece of history that will be stored in Nintendo's vault and be treasured for the rest of time. Generations will pass, and with each new one that comes, they'll get to admire where not only it all began, but the legendary chapters since.

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Enjoy a ranking of the best 10 Nintendo franchises of all time, and debate which you think should be higher or lower on the chart, or if you believe a franchise has been left out.

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