Red + Blue Memories: Part Two

Now that the chaos of the 20th Anniversary of Pokémon has calmed, it’s time to take a look back at some of our Red + Blue memories.

Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue were the first time many Pokémon fans visited the Pokémon world and regardless of age the First Generation games hold a special place in the hearts of many and will continue to do so for years to come.

Join us as a we take a look at just a handful of memories from our readers and staff members…

Staff Memories

I always looked forward to hanging out with my friends who had Pokémon Red or Blue. Looking back I can’t really say what is was exactly that piqued my interest so much, but I was always out in my backyard hunting for bugs or snakes so it was probably that thrill of finding creatures and having them accompany you on your adventures. It probably isn’t too hard to see where my affinity for Grass and Bug-type Pokémon came from either. It wasn’t until the Gameboy Advance came out that my parents decided I could buy one and Pokémon Crystal was my first title. Growing up has sapped some of the awe and wonder I had as a child while playing through the games, but mastering the underlying complexities of the battle system still make each game interesting for me as an adult.

Pokémon Red was the very first Pokémon game I played. I remember buying it alongside so my red (…err, pink…) Game Boy Color from Toys R Us and playing it in the care journey home. After learning about the link cable me and friends spent hours outside our houses trading and battling, sitting outside long enough to get sunburn on our thumbs and tops of our hands. I can also remember being shown how to complete the Mew glitch by a childhood friend, then getting upset thinking he had broken my game.

When I think of the original games I recall the street where all of the local kids used to gather and play with their Gameboys. I was already blown away by the cartoon and was desperate for a Gameboy and a copy of Red to call my own. I tried to convince my mother to buy me one but my efforts were in vain. Eventually a local boy who had both Red and Blue and TWO Gameboys took pity on me and lent me Red and a Gameboy for a weekend. By the time my mother began to soften up to the idea of buying me a Gameboy, Yellow had just come out so I opted for that and the Gameboy color. Come to think of it, if my mother hadn’t have happened to see another kid showing off about his mother buying him Yellow then that probably that wouldn’t have happened either. Especially since that kid’s mother was her childhood friend who she was always competing with.

I was never the most social of people, so I remember sitting in my quaint room, leveling up my Charmander in Pokemon Blue and wondering how on Earth I was going to get past the Pewter Gym. As the game went on, I felt immersed in this world that seemed so different from reality, yet so wonderful and satisfying. I explored Viridian Forest, everything just sparked my interest further. The battles, the characters, the storylines, the goal to catch ’em all… It’s shaped who I am today, and what my passion as a gamer stands to be.

Reader Memories

I remember playing it and being obsessed with my Bulbasaur it smashed the first two gyms! I also had a Wigglytuff that I loved, I wish I still had them to be honest, I think the pokemon I have from an early game is a Pelliper from Sapphire.

These games came out in 1999 in Europe, and I was only two years old back then. My brother was older and he got the games. We always played together and that way I got to play the game too. A year later I got my own purple seethrough GameBoy and my own game, and although I didn’t understand a word, I enjoyed it a lot. Nowadays my brother and I are still a fan and so I am glad he showed me the wonderful world of Pokemon!

I first played Pokémon Blue when I tried out a cousin’s copy. It turned out my Grandma accidentally bought an extra copy, so she gave that one to me. A friend of mine actually chose my starter and beat the first gym while he was trying it out for himself, but I took it from there.

I remember that for a long time, there was still an air of mystery to the game. After learning that some Pokémon would only appear once in a game, I was convinced that Zubat might be one, because it looked so strange. Boy was I proven wrong…

I easily beat most of my friends in battles, because before long, I’d memorized the type chart and all of the Pokémon types. Plus, I had a level 70 Charizard, which was well above what most of them had. I didn’t learn any degree of real strategy until Gen II though.

I never played the originals.

Twitter Memories


Didn’t get your memory features this time? Don’t worry, there’s always next time with our Gold + Silver Memories. Stay tuned!

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    1. Not moving at least. I mean, he’s still moving. Where is he moving to? Why does he want to move? Why hasn’t he finished moving yet? All those questions, yet no answer.

  1. I played Red & Blue around 2013-14, so I have no heavy memories. Yet, I do remember when I was first playing Pokemon and getting stuck trying to find Sootopolis City for weeks! Until my cousin showed me how to get to the city.

    1. Hoenn was my first as well and Sootopolis was tricky but very unique at the same time knowing you had to dive to legitly get there.

  2. One memory of fails from which I have a lot of lol was buying a bunch of full heals thinking they would replenish health.

  3. My first game was Pokemon blue when I was 6, and if you played the game, you’ll remember the guy that stops you because he’s thirsty. Well, I didn’t know what to do- so for a month I was stuck there and couldn’t figure out what to do. Eventually I used the Internet.

    1. Wait, you had internet? I had never even heard from it when I started playing Red.

  4. Yeah. No. I have no memories from Red and Blue. I wasn’t born when they came out.

  5. I played Red and Blue as my first Pokemon game. Me and my two friends went to a store, and we intended on buying a kirby game. Right when we were gonna buy the game, my older brother said we should buy Pokemon Red and Blue. We immediately chose Red and Bleu because well, I was young, and older brothers always seemed to be right. Me and my male friend bought Red and the girl friend bought Blue because she wanted to be different. Thus starting my first pokemon Journey. Some selective memories
    – Getting in an argument over who was gonna pick which starter, but Eventually we came up with an Order to picking our starters. First the Girl, then the Boy, then me. and every new generation the first goes last and the second goes up etc. And I picked last for Kanto (which means I got squirtle)
    – Not being able to read a lot of the words, so asking my brother for help like 24/7
    – Literally crying because I wasn’t able to beat my Rival in Cerulean city.
    – Catching Abra and cheering to my friends/
    – Struggling with Misty too XD
    – Losing over and over to Lorelei, and Lance
    – My team: Blastoise Pidgeot Nidoking Raichu Alakazam Arcanine
    – Getting Gold and Silver the next year…

    1. Which reminds me, It’s my turn to pick this year this in Sun and Moon
      Here’s to no ugly starters!

  6. When I played Red, I had no idea how to save so I would just choose squirtle, screw around a bit, get bored turn it off. Rinse and Repeat. One day I played for a longer time than normal and found an NPC who wanted to trade. I was obsessed with the idea of trading pokemon and didn’t have friends so I could never do it. Which is why I was super excited and set out to find the pokemon to trade. I don’t remember if I did though so…. yeah

    1. These are by Bobertbra on DeviantART. Being someone experienced in the Fakemon community sure lends a hand when these leaks come around

  7. im 19 now and remember being reaaaallly young and playing my brothers pokemon red probably around 2001 or 2002. i remember thinking that kanto was huge and that finding your way through mountains was impossible. I also remember playing pokemon gold in the back of my mind and a tiny bit of gen III – to this day Hoenn and its pokemon dont exist in my head. Sinnoh was my first real game, i got pearl cause my brother had diamond and then i went on to platinum which were both brilliant looking back. I got pokemon white, white 2 and heartgold but they didnt live up to Sinnoh in my eyes, maybe i just outgrew it (no offence to anyone who still plays!!) I cant believe pearl came out 10 years ago nearly…so i must have been 10 or 11 when i first played. time absolutely flies. typing this knowing noone cares but i think its amazing when something so small can be a big part of your life…When you reach the end of your teenage years you really do get nostalgic about the times when you sat and played pokemon in the sitting room with your family… I remember coming to this site everyday after school waiting for leaks and news on pokemon black and white…the lead up and anticipation was more fun than the game. so thanks pokejungle and the team for a brill job and ill deffs be looking out for sun and moon news x

  8. My first Pokemon game was Pokemon Blue, and it’s quite the blast to be playing it again alongside a friend who got Red. It’s incredibly nostalgic to be here, too.

    1. And it says on the news section.

      With the official reveal of the third mythical Legendary Pokémon in the sixth generation, Volcanion, we finally get to see the first fire/water type Pokémon in action.
      The latest trailer for the Pokémon the Movie XY & Z, which not only will deal with Zygarde and his new Perfect Form but with Volcanion is set to possibly put an end to Generation 6 and Kalos.

      1. So weird…….R we sure this is an official site? Why would they allow for comments? I feel like people are mistaking this site for the official one. It just seems so different from all the other ones. Plus it doesn’t link back to the official main site in anyway from what I see. I think this is a fake site that just look very good

        1. That’s what I was thinking!

          I’ve never heard ‘generation 6’ by a official website. The video also doesn’t link to pokemons real YouTube channel.

          1. They don’t usually, but there have been instances when they refer to “generations” It’s just not very common

          2. while they have mentioned “generations” befoire I don’t believe they’ve ever out right said “generation ____” before. I’m pretty sure this is a fake site

      2. I find it interesting that they show direct screenshots of the concept art and unfinished model of the strange woodpecker. The fact that they actually show the video player, and not real screenshots, makes me believe this is a fake site. =/

      1. I knew it. There’s no way Pokemon would make a community Facebook account either for any of their games

          1. I think it’ll b obvious to all when the actual site is up. Their twitter will likely have something on it as well.

  9. Well, since we’re all pretty sure the region is gonna be based off of Hawaii, I’ll keep on the lookout for suspicious Pokémon activity like a random Pika on the beach when I go there in the summer.

      1. Yeah. It’s not whale season but I still get to see other giant things erupting liquid (because volcanoes) ??

    1. I’m going there too, I believe it will be my first time visiting Kauai! I can’t believe this is happening again, because I was in Paris (along with other European countries) in 2013 before X&Y released.

      1. Its funny how things work out. This is my first time ever going to Hawai’i, though.

      1. Wow….he actually did…..I keep telling myself that a region doesn’t need to be based on a specific country or area just because he goes there on vacation, but here we are hahaha

        1. I’d say that there’s a 91% chance now that Hawaii is our new region’s inspiration, and I couldn’t possibly be more happy about it. 😀

          1. I’m excited! But I feel like I’ll be entering S/M with a different midset. I’ll be looking more for character development and lasting impact in these next titles rather than anything else. They’ve already innovated the system enough, now it’s time for the storytelling to get back on part with B/W.

          2. Yeah, I agree! Now that they’ve learned the 3DS’s hardware, it should be more polished and fluid, and with the time they’ve taken, it might just be a very good game! All I hope is that the region’s beautiful and has a true jungle portion. As well as the new Pokemon being more in numbers, hopefully with the same quality XY’s Pokemon have.

          3. It’s definitely my belief that I’m not the only one complaining about a lackluster story. I’m sure that, as something we can all benefit from, GF will have made that one of their primary concerns. I don’t want to fully meet the villain after the sixth gym or whatever XY decided to do with Team Flare. I want to see them from the beginning to the end. Didn’t Team Plasma show up in the second city in B/W? And didn’t all the Gym Leaders come together at the end of BW2? And didn’t N seem like a character that most could connect with, and could be easily mistaken? This is what the franchise needs. Battle system, great. Pokemon battles and models, great. City and town designs, great. Graphics, great. Sure, could they polish up on some 3D effects and add some more 3D models–yes, but aside from the endgame goal to beat the Elite 4, I want things to be more involved. Maybe this isn’t how Pokemon was supposed to be interpreted. As a matter of fact, R/B/Y didn’t really have any character development whatsoever, nor did the villains seem daunting or consistent. I might be stuck in the past after the masterpiece that was B/W, but that can’t be left behind for the sake of advancing these games more than just technically.

    1. From a quick Google search, it only has one native mammal called the Hawaiian Hoary Bat. But, it has a lot of brought in animals such as pigs, mongooses, and rats. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Zangoose and Rattata returning. I’ll look more into it!

      1. I just feel like Pokemon made so many bat Pokemons though, but a new mongoose species would be awesome

        1. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw some baby evo for Zangoose for early game. I’d also say we’ll likely see some more tropical based Water types, such as a dolphin if it isn’t the starter!

          1. Omg if not a starter, they better do a dolphin Pokemon regardless, it’s been six generations and still no Dolphins which are my favorite sea animals

          2. Psychic because of their echolocation.
            Fairy because they could make the first form adorbable and the second form majestic.

  10. Hawaii is also the location for the Mauna Kea Observatory which is very important to astrophysics so it ties in to the scientific angle of sun and moon. I bet there will be a astronomical facility like a telescope or something in game.

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