There is nothing quite like playing Pokemon Red and Blue for the first time. Released back in 1998, the original games still hold up surprisingly well today.
Soon, a brand new generation of gamers will get the chance to play the games that started it all when Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow release on the Nintendo 3DS eShop on Feb. 27. If you've wondered what the games would look like running on the new hardware, the trailer below will sate your curiosity.
They look basically the same as they did close to two decades ago. These aren't remakes, mind you, just ports of the original game onto the 3DS. That being said, the originals still look great thanks to the simple art styles and almost complete lack of color. The game's iconic soundtrack is still intact as well, and great music never goes out of style.
While newer games in the franchise have added more Pokemon and more types, plus made navigating the world faster, the core building blocks of what made the franchise a huge success back in 1998 remain unchanged. You pick a Pokemon, capture more and travel the world to battle gym leaders, and occasionally, stop the nefarious plots of various Pokemon-related terrorist organizations. It's all in a day's work for a Pokemon master-in-training.
Nintendo is releasing special edition 2DS bundles that come with the games pre-loaded on the handheld consoles to celebrate Pokemon's 20th anniversary (the games originally launched in 1996 in Japan). The new bundles should once again reignite the debate of which version of the game is superior.
Fans seem to be almost equally divided when it comes to choosing between Red or Blue as their favorite (a recent Nintedo poll on Twitter has 52 percent of voters choosing Red over Blue), but anybody who says Yellow is the best is kidding themselves.
The Pokémon #Splatfest begins this Friday night and will run all day Saturday! Which will you choose:
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 18, 2016
Yellow is unique in that instead of choosing from Charmander, Bulbasaur or Squirtle at the start of the game, players receive franchise mascot Pikachu as their first Pokemon. A lightning-type starter, when the first gym uses rock types? You've got to be kidding me. When your first (and strongest) Pokemon is weak against your first real opponent, it forces players to acquire other Pokemon and level them up before attempting to take down Brock and his rock types. It makes the first couple of hours of the game way harder than Red or Blue, making it a less ideal starter game for newcomers.
Check out the trailer for the games below.