Since Pokémon Black and White 2 releases this weekend in Japan, I would like to share some experiences I have with the franchise in regards to the games. Obviously, Pokémon up to this day has a big influence on my life as it got me into playing more video games and watching anime. (Image Source)
Back when the first Pokémon Games came out in the United States, it became wildly popular. At first, I was completely oblivious to it until I got a copy of Pokémon Blue. That is when I got into the series more and played other related games. Believe it or not, I bought the limited edition Pikachu Gameboy Color, Pokémon Snap, Pokémon Stadium and Super Smash Bros. From a gameplay perspective, the game mechanics wasn’t too complex while still being fun. It’s not until the second-generation games where things got better.
Pokémon Gold and Silver is where the series got better as it added more features and 16 gyms to beat in both regions. Also, it’s probably the first game I played through during my childhood straight through before beating it. Of course, it introduced us to the most annoying Gym Leader named Whitney. Even if your Pokémon was a few levels higher, she still manages to beat all your Pokémon with her Miltank and the move “Rollout.” I think other people had problems beating her too. Sadly, I never beat Red since his Pokémon is at a high level until the remakes came out. On the other hand, I did get Pokémon Stadium 2 (which is 3 in Japan) and Crystal version.
When Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire came out, it was a let down since you can only battle the Hoenn Gym Leaders. Also, Pokémon like Ditto and Eevee was completely missing from these versions, thus disappointing me a bit more. Pokémon Colosseum, Red/Green remakes and XD addressed some of these issues, but it kind of left a bad taste in my mouth. On the other hand, there were some improvements such as the IV and EV systems’ refinement, introduction of abilities and natures, and double battles. This pretty much sets the stage for competitive battling for Generation IV and V, which they made more improvements through new moves, abilities and the separation of physical and special moves.
Several years ago when Pokémon Diamond and Pearl came out, it was simply big since it introduced online battling and trading. With EV training items becoming more accessible, it was easier to train Pokémon and allowed me to get into competitive battling. At this point, I lost all interest in the Anime, but still playing all the games. When I’m out, I spend a lot of time breeding and training Pokémon that I have a play time over 300+ hours. Also, I used them in the Battle Tower and Frontier. This still holds true to my Pokémon White version, more so since they took automatic leveling to level 100 out of the game.
As Pokémon Black and White 2 finally touches down in Japan, It makes you think how much the series has changed during these years. Out of all the changes, I think the Internet connectivity was a significant change for the series as you can play with anyone around the world. Thankfully, the saga doesn’t end there and I look forward to playing the Japanese version of the game once it comes in the mail.