Retro Games- Pokemon Gold & Silver: (1999)


When it comes down to gaming there is nothing like the classics especially during the late 90’s and early 00’s.  Shortly after the releases of Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow Game Freak had went on to develop more titles for handheld consoles such as Game Boy and Game Boy Color.   Pokemon Gold & Silver was first released in Japan in late 1999 prior to being available in countries such as America in the year 2000.  The great thing about Pokemon Gold & Silver was the fact that the games themselves were not radically different from Red, Blue and Yellow.  In Pokemon Gold & Silver people had to progress throughout the game to earn various badges along with battling the Elite Four towards the end of the game.  Pokemon Gold & Silver introduces some new gym leaders to this game including Faulkner, Bugsy, Whitney, Morty, Chuck, Jasmine and Oryxes.   Along with having new gym leaders in Pokemon Gold & Silver both games saw the return of some old ones such as Brock, Misty, Lt. Surge, Erika, Sabrina and Blaine from Red, Blue and Yellow.  Also, during the beginning of both games players have the option of choosing what type of Pokemon they want to start off with.  Similar to Red & Blue the Silver and Gold versions of Pokemon give players an option to choose between fire, water, and a grass type Pokemon.

Whatever type of Pokemon one chooses to start off with in the game will play a significant role in determining what type of strategies they will use to defeat each gym leader especially towards the beginning of the game.  Since players have less Pokemon in the beginning of the game when they participate in gym battles they have to capture certain types of creatures to have a successful chance on defeating the leaders along with their associates.  Capturing other Pokemon and leveling them up before gym battles are always helpful especially if one is knowledgeable about their strengths and weaknesses in relation to what type of creatures they are dealing with. Some people might argue that the beginning of Pokemon Silver and Gold is not as difficult as Red, Blue or especially Yellow since the first three gym leaders utilize flying, bug and normal type creatures.  Whether a player chooses Chikorita, Cyndaquil or Totodile in the beginning of the game is not as much of a big deal since none of them are necessarily weak against flying, bug or normal type Pokemon.

It was usually tougher in Pokemon Yellow since players had to start of with Pikachu and catch other Pokemon to battle rock type creatures in the very beginning. Also, in Pokemon Red & Blue Pokemon most people were tempted to select Squirtle or Bulbasaur in the beginning since Charmandaer would have had a tough time dealing with rock and water type Pokemon during the first two gym battles.   When it comes down to gym battles in Pokemon Gold and Sliver there are at least fifteen different leaders that people must battle along with dueling the champion in the end.  Even though, players have their plates full with seemingly endless gym battles they also have to deal with Team Rocket as well.   The adventure that players experience in Pokemon Gold & Sliver along with having the opportunity to catch legendary Pokemon such as Raikou, Entei, and Suicune makes both games seem unforgettable.   When it came down to games for handheld consoles in the late 90’s and the early 00’s many people consider them to be classics to this very day.  The original Gold & Sliver Pokemon games were both so good that some people would probably prefer them over HeartGold and SoulSilver for the Nintendo DS.  Anyone who was a true fan of Pokemon back then realize how great both games were along with the fact that Game Freak exceeded their expectations in terms of developing successful sequels to the Red, Blue and Yellow versions of this title.


Gaming Consoles- Game Boy: (1989)

Game Boy

We all remember when Nintendo had produced the original Game Boy console in 1989.  Nintendo is considered to be one of the most innovative gaming companies of all time because they always found a way to reinvent themselves with a new product or game that was highly in demand.  In the 1980’s the Nintendo Entertainment System was a very popular home based console that provided different types of gameplay that was not seen in many arcades especially when it came to platform & RPG games. The success the that the Nintendo Entertainment System received since its release is unfathomable considering the fact that it sold millions around the world and is considered to be one of the best game consoles of all time.  A couple of years following the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System a handheld game console was developed by Nintendo which was just as fun.  When Nintendo had released the original Game Boy handheld console many people loved the product because it allowed people to play their games anywhere they went.

Game Boy was also convenient because it utilized either AA or AAA batteries depending on what model you used.  The controls for Game Boy were similar to that of the NES because it included a directional pad along with and A & B button.  The controls for Game Boy also featured a select & start button along with additional features that made this hand console stand out.  Some of the additional features Game Boy had included was the universal serial bus (USB) link cable that would allow multiplayer gameplay on one game.  Game Boy was so popular that it sold at least one million units in America within a month due to its excellent features along with gameplay that highly resembles that of the NES. One of the original games for the Nintendo Game Boy included the famous puzzle game known as Tetris which was considered to be the best selling game for that console with over 30 million units worldwide.

As time progressed during the 1990’s games such as Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow became extremely popular and generated sales in the millions since their respective releases.  Along with having so many great titles such as the Pokemon series, Zelda Link’s Awakening, and Dr. Mario Nintendo had created an add on for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System entitled Super Game Boy released in 1994.  The Super Game Boy was worth approximately $60 following its initial release and made anyone who was a hardcore Nintendo fan want to purchase the product if they already owned an SNES game system.  Many people would agree that Nintendo’s Game Boy was a huge improvement from their preceding handheld console known as Game & Watch which was released in 1980.  Also, the Game Boy handheld console was proof among many other things that Nintendo had always found a way to reinvent themselves along with keeping the masses interested in their products.  The development of Game Boy definitely created some competition with the likes of Sega Game Gear and Atari Lynx in the early 90’s which made the gaming experience exciting for everyone.  It has been over 25 years since Game Boy was released by Nintendo and even though it was a long time ago this handheld console is recognized as one of the most influential game systems of all time.