Pokémon Red and Blue – Legacy

X and Y Battle.jpg
It took 17 years before the games were fully rendered in 3D, but the battle system iself has remained the same.

The most startling aspect of Pokémon’s legacy is simply that it was born perfect. The formula has received numerous bells and whistles over the years, but at its heart Pokémon is still the rock-paper-scissors, turn based RPG series it was when it first began. So how has the same gameplay endured for over two decades?

Largely because the series today has gained a huge metagame following, which Nintendo and Game Freak have embraced more so with each new generation. Since communication went global in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, we’ve been seeing more of that competitive scene trickle its way into the main titles. Now there is so much to think about when creating a team. There are currently 721 creatures to choose from, with 18 types to master and overcome. Each Pokémon has up to three abilities they can utilise that give them extra boosts or constraints and four move slots to fight with. Yet if that kind of variety wasn’t enough, every Pokémon has a nature that indicates which stats they will excel in over others and two hidden values that players can take advantage of to get the best out of each

Super Training
EVs are earned by defeating Pokémon which excel in a particular stat. Every creatures only has a certain number of EVs before they’re all used up. So a trainer can never max out every stat, so knowing how to get the best out of every Pokémon is the key to success.

creature. These last two hidden states are known as EVs (Effort Values) and IVs (Individual Values), values that have been around ever since the first Pokémon games. These, for example, are what make one Charizard stronger than another at the same level. It takes a lot of work to bring together a perfect Pokémon team that can tackle any situation and thankfully the latest generation of Pokémon X and Y has streamlined almost every aspect meaning even casual players can get a taste of the big leagues. However what helps makes the series remain so gripping is that, despite all the variety, we can never be prepared for everything in the game, there are always surprises in store and with variables such a critical hits and accuracy playing their part too, it makes Pokémon perhaps one of the most intricate RPG experiences in all of gaming. Indeed the series may not have changed too much since its grass roots, but the layers its added to the battle system have never ceased to keep things interesting.

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The anime was for many their first experience of Pokémon. Today it’s aired over 900 episodes with no end in sight.

So indeed the main Pokémon titles have proven a success but things haven’t stopped there; the series has branched into multiple spin-off titles, a widely popular anime and film series, one of the biggest trading card games in the world and amassing merchandise galore. So big is the Pokémon web of affairs there’s even a Pokémon Company that handles the majority of non-game content. Despite being one of Nintendo’s more recent series, only Mario beats it out as being the best-selling series the company has under their belt, selling over 277.52 million units overall.

The future of Pokémon promises to be an interesting one and this year, the series 20th anniversary, rumblings of the seventh generation are around the corner. But there’s something a little more interesting in the works at the moment. Pokémon Go anticipates bringing the series into our everyday lives and while information is still relatively sparse, from the trailer revealed late last year, it looks to herald a whole new era for the series, one that will hopefully secure its place in the future for more generations to come.

If you haven’t seen the trailer for Pokémon Go yet then definitely check it out here. For me the focus on the first generation of Pokémon here shows Nintendo want to bring back an audience who grew up with Pokémon to begin with.

Pokémon Trainer.jpgUsually at the end of these things I like to make note of how this series is represented in Super Smash Bros. As this is Pokémon, I think a Pokédex itself is necessary for the more important roles. Pokémon have appeared in all shapes and sizes in the series but largely as summonable allies from the items Poké Ball and the Master Ball, the latter of which was added into the latest iteration of Smash. Furthermore the stage Saffron City in Smash 64 is based on the same city found in Pokémon Red and Blue and the character of Pokémon Trainer is based off the protagonist here also.

  1. Bulbasaur
  2. Ivysaur – Playable Character in Brawl (Under Pokémon Trainer)
  3. Venusaur – Poké Ball in Melee
  4. Charmander
  5. Charmeleon
  6. Charizard.pngCharizard – Playable Character in Brawl and 3DS/Wii U (Former under Pokémon Trainer) & Poké Ball in N64 and Melee.
  7. Squirtle – Playable Character in Brawl (Under Pokémon Trainer)
  8. Wartortle
  9. Blastoise – Poké Ball in N64 and Melee.
  10. Caterpie
  11. Metapod
  12. Butterfree
  13. Weedle
  14. Kakuna
  15. Beedrill – Poké Ball in N64
  16. Pidgey
  17. Pidgeotto
  18. Pidgeot
  19. Rattata
  20. Raticate
  21. Spearow
  22. Fearow
  23. Ekans
  24. Arbok
  25. Pikachu.pngPikachu – Playable Character in all iterations of Smash
  26. Raichu
  27. Sandshrew
  28. Sandslash
  29. Nidoran F
  30. Nidorina
  31. Nidoqueen
  32. Nidoran M
  33. Nidorino
  34. Nidoking
  35. Clefairy – Poké Ball in N64
  36. Clefable
  37. Vulpix
  38. Ninetales
  39. Jigglypuff.pngJigglypuff – Playable Character in all iterations of Smash
  40. Wigglytuff
  41. Zubat
  42. Golbat
  43. Oddish
  44. Gloom
  45. Vileplume
  46. Paras
  47. Parasect
  48. Venonat
  49. Venomoth
  50. Diglett
  51. Dugtrio
  52. Meowth – Poké Ball in N64, Brawl and 3DS/Wii U
  53. Persian
  54. Psyduck
  55. Golduck
  56. Mankey
  57. Primeape
  58. Growlithe
  59. Arcanine
  60. Poliwag
  61. Poliwhirl
  62. Poliwrath
  63. Abra
  64. Kadabra
  65. Alakazam
  66. Machop
  67. Machoke
  68. Machamp
  69. Bellsprout
  70. Weepinbell
  71. Victreebel
  72. Tentacool
  73. Tentacruel
  74. Geodude
  75. Graveler
  76. Golem
  77. Ponyta
  78. Rapidash
  79. Slowpoke
  80. Slowbro
  81. Magnemite
  82. Magneton
  83. Farfetch’d
  84. Doduo
  85. Dodrio
  86. Seel
  87. Dewgong
  88. Grimer
  89. Muk
  90. Shellder
  91. Cloyster
  92. Gastly – Enemy in Smash Run
  93. Haunter
  94. Gengar
  95. Onix – Poké Ball in N64
  96. Drowzee
  97. Hypno
  98. Krabby
  99. Kingler
  100. Voltorb
  101. Electrode – Poké Ball in Melee, Brawl and 3DS/Wii U
  102. Exeggcute
  103. Exeggutor
  104. Cubone
  105. Marowak
  106. Hitmonlee – Poké Ball in N64
  107. Hitmonchan
  108. Lickitung
  109. Koffing – Poké Ball in N64 and Enemy in Smash Run
  110. Weezing – Poké Ball in Melee
  111. Rhyhorn
  112. Rhydon
  113. Chansey – Poké Ball in N64 and Melee
  114. Tangela
  115. Kangaskhan
  116. Horsea
  117. Seadra
  118. Goldeen – Poké Ball in N64, Melee, Brawl and 3DS/Wii U
  119. Seaking
  120. Staryu – Poké Ball in Melee, Brawl and 3DS/Wii U
  121. Starmie – Poké Ball in N64
  122. Mr. Mime
  123. Scyther
  124. Jynx
  125. Electabuzz
  126. Magmar
  127. Pinsir
  128. Tauros
  129. Magikarp
  130. Gyarados
  131. Lapras
  132. Ditto – Initially planned as a Poké Ball Pokémon in Melee but cut from final release.
  133. Eevee – Poké Ball in 3DS/Wii U
  134. Vaporeon
  135. Jolteon
  136. Flareon
  137. Porygon
  138. Omanyte
  139. Omastar
  140. Kabuto
  141. Kabutops
  142. MewtwoAerodactyl
  143. Snorlax – Poké Ball in N64, Melee, Brawl and 3DS/Wii U
  144. Articuno – Poké Ball in Melee
  145. Zapdos – Poké Ball in Melee
  146. Moltres – Poké Ball in Melee, Brawl and 3DS/Wii U
  147. Dratini
  148. Dragonair
  149. Dragonite
  150. Mewtwo – Playable Character in Melee and 3DS/Wii U (DLC in the latter)
  151. Mew – Poké Ball in N64, Melee, Brawl and 3DS/Wii U
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