We are on the cusp of a new era, ladies and gentlemen. Everyone is buzzing with excitement concerning the newly released generation of Pokémon games. But as we blaze trails into the unknown, let us not forget that which came before it. For, if it were not for it we wouldn't be here today. That's right, we're here to discuss Pokémon Red and Blue in depth.

Pokémon Red and Blue were released just two short years ago for the original Game Boy system. Now some of you may have those fancy new Game Boy Colors but I played these games on that bad boy over there.

That's right, that big brick capable of surviving anything was my gateway into the world of Pokémon. The Kanto region still showed all of it's glory in four shades of grey, and I had that handy little manual to help me imagine which colors each pocket monster was supposed to be. I started out my own personal journey with a little lizard named Charmander. I had originally wanted the Blue version, but when the retailer only had the Red version I just had to aim for that awesome dragon on the cover.

But that wasn't my ultimate goal, no. My goal was to capture and raise all 151 of the monsters. This meant trading between the two versions with other people for version exclusives. I still remember like it was yesterday running into school with my Game Boy Brick and my link cable, ready to see if my friends had caught that elusive Pinser or Scyther. We would trade endlessly trying to complete our pokédex and be the first to obtain them all.

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I had a rough go of it at the beginning, taking the Fire starter first to the Rock gym and then the Water gym, but as I progressed through the game, making many mistakes along the way, I eventually completed the game and went down in the annals of history as the new Champion. The thrill of defeating my rival for the last time for the crown was something that I could never replicate again.

No matter what happens in the future, we should always remember these two games. So while you're playing Gold and Silver, trying to catch the new 100 monsters and reveling in the new day/night system, or experiencing the breeding system to try and create the strongest monsters possible, remember that without Red and Blue you wouldn't have the game you're enjoying now.

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And while we're here, what's up with the whole Dark and Steel elements anyway? They couldn't come up with anything better? I didn't think Psychic was overpowered.