Gaming Post 35: Pokémon Silver Version

The random number generator chose Pokémon Silver Version. That’s interesting.

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Pokémon Silver Version was a Game Boy Color game that came out in October of the year 2000. It was one of the two video games that introduced players to the second generation of Pokémon (the group of 100 Pokémon that were revealed to players after the first 151). Silver Version’s mascot is the legendary Pokémon Lugia, who had been introduced to audiences earlier that year in the second Pokémon Movie, “Pokémon the Movie 2000”.

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When Pokemon Gold and Silver came out, I didn’t get Silver right away, but I did get Gold Version the first day it came out. I chose Gold instead of Silver because I preferred Ho-oh over Lugia. To me, Ho-oh seemed like a Pokémon that was even newer than Lugia, and that is what made me decide to get Gold first.

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I eventually received Silver as a Christmas present, seemingly on Christmas of 2001, but it possibly could have been 2000. My memories of that time in my life are a bit fuzzy. The only evidence against me having gotten it for Christmas of 2001 (that I can think of) is that Pokémon Crystal was already out at that point, and Silver was considered to be inferior to Crystal. I can’t say for certain whether or not I got Crystal on its release date, but if I really did get Silver for Christmas of 2001, it seems that Pokémon Crystal might have been received on another occasion some time after its release date.

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Thinking about this feels like a time paradox.

I was about 9 back then, and looking back at it, I seemed to be more focused on playing through the story rather than playing beyond the end. I got all 16 Badges in the game and beat Trainer Red like I had done in Gold Version, but in Silver, that’s where I stopped. My starter Pokémon was Totodile because I had already chosen Cyndaquil in Gold, and because Chikorita was in my opinion the lamest of the three.

 

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In those days, I had a guide which I attempted to use with my friend Jonah to complete the Pokédex, but it was a fruitless endeavor. There was no known way to get Mew or Celebi without cheating, and I wasn’t goal-oriented enough to capture the other 249 that were possible to catch. My first real attempt at catching em all would have to wait until Generation 3.

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I lost this guide some time in the past 15 years.

I remember reading that Pokémon Silver Version was considered by the Scholastic Book of World Records to be the most sold video game. I don’t think it was true though, even at the time it was printed. Maybe it was the most sold game during a specific year, but I’m not sure. Even so, if it was true that more copies of Silver were sold than Gold, it seems to indicate that people favored Lugia over Ho-oh at that time, even though the metal Gold is usually considered to be more valuable and thus better than Silver. The reason for Lugia’s popularity might be its design, but it seems to me that people were starting to prefer Pokémon that they were familiar with over those that were perceived to be new. Lugia had its movie, and although Ho-oh did appear in the first episode of Pokémon on TV, I know I never saw that episode until years later, so to many, it was completely new. The sentiment of preferring the familiar would drive some people who had previously liked Pokémon to dislike the newer Pokémon simply based on the fact that they were new and not of the original 151.

 

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As for me, I liked the shiny cartridges.

Pokémon Silver Version was good, but it was pretty much the same exact game as Gold. It was because I had already beaten Gold and Silver that I later found Pokémon Crystal to be not worth finishing until I finally did in 2014, but that’s a story for another time.

 

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Technically, I have still not played through the remake of Pokémon Silver that came out in 2010. I played Heart Gold but it was my brother who played Soul Silver. I’ll be sure to think of an excuse to play through Soul Silver one day.

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In Soul Silver, the HM background color is Silver! Not Gold! It’s Different!

I played Pokémon Silver again in the year 2014. I won’t tell you why, but you may be able to guess. Until the time is right, I’m leaving it as a sloppily kept secret. By the way, here’s a trailer for The Yellow Quest!

 

And here’s a link to the playlist

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Gaming Post 14: Pokémon Yellow Version

Excellent! The random number generator has decided that I should write about one of the most important games from my childhood.

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I would consider Pokémon Yellow to be my first video game. It’s true that I played computer games before I got Yellow, some of which are even on my list of beaten games (See JumpStart 3rd Grade), but Yellow was the first game I ever owned for a console, and back then there was a bigger distinction between computer games and video games than there is now.

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I was a big fan of Pokémon before I even owned any of the games. I watched kids trading Pokémon cards on the bus before they were banned, I watched my friend play Blue Version on the bus every day, I saw the movies in theaters when they came out, and I watched the TV show if it happened to be on. The only reason I didn’t own any Pokémon games was that my parents were resistant to letting me get into video games. One day, however, when I was almost 8 years old, my Mom asked me if I wanted to get a GameBoy Color, and I was totally on board with that. I did the math, and though I’m not 100% on it, I’m pretty sure it was August of the year 2000, and I’m guessing that Toys R Us was having a sale. My mom decided to get me a GameBoy so that I would make friends easier with people who had the same interests as mine (it worked).

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When I went into the store, I chose the lime green GameBoy Color, and though I had intended to decide between Pokémon Red or Blue, when I got there, I noticed that a third Pokémon game had come out staring Pikachu. I knew that it was the game for me, and so I named my character ASH and the rest is history.

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I was super excited to have a Pokémon game of my own, and also to be able to obtain badges faster than the real Ash did (I previously noticed that his progress was so slow, and it was bothering me).  However, try as I might, I wasn’t very smart back then and after getting to Vermillion City I lost Pikachu in the PC System, either because I didn’t know what Deposit meant or I accidentally released him. I didn’t think to turn my game off to return to the last save and I didn’t want to wait for Jonah’s advice the next day, so I started a new game with a vengeance. After all, even I knew that two badges wasn’t a lot to lose.

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The second time I got to the Battle with Brock, I somehow had a lot of trouble trying to beat him. I determined that this was because Pikachu only knew electric type moves and they don’t affect ground type Pokémon like Geodude or Onix. To address this, when my Dad had to go on an errand, I stayed in the car and trained my Pikachu in the patch of grass south of Pewter City for about an hour. It only took an hour to teach Pikachu the move Slam, and in the process, Pikachu got to level 20. That one hour of training made the rest of the game a breeze. I don’t exactly remember my pace, but I think that I remember watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade three months later while making my way through Victory Road for the first time. The next year, a Pikachu balloon would be added to the parade, but I know where Pikachu was during the 2000 parade. He was helping me beat the game.

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So eventually I did beat the game. It must have been hard work, but I don’t really remember. I know I eventually got Pikachu to Level 100 and that it felt like a pretty big deal. Having recently done the math (considering the US release dates of the games and movies), it may be that I actually bought Pokémon Gold Version before finishing Pokémon Yellow, but that fact must have previously been erased from my memory (The passage of time is strange when you’re young). I wasn’t quite good enough to catch all the Pokémon back then, but that would eventually change.

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In August of 2009, I returned to Yellow Version, and brought along a recording device. Some time this year I’ll be posting my abridged playthrough of filling my Pokédex in Yellow with all 151 Pokémon. I also added a feature for people who own Pokédex 3D Pro for the 3DS. Here’s the playlist of The Yellow Quest!

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