I’ve loved Pokémon since I was a child. It was the first video-game franchise I really bought into, and I have a lot of fond memories playing the game when I was younger.
My first game was Pokémon Yellow on the Game Boy Colour (I had a Game Boy Classic but as far as I recall all I had on that system were Tetris and Gremlins), followed by Pokémon Crystal. I never owned a proper copy of the initial Generation III games, but I did play a bit of Pokémon Ruby, and played a lot of the following games Pokémon LeafGreen and Pokémon Pearl. After that, I grew out of it a bit, but in the past year or so, I’ve jumped back into Pokémon – having played ΩR/αS, X/Y, US/UM and LGP/E.
I’ve even tried to catch up on what I missed by purchasing a second-hand copy of Pokémon White, having heard that Generation V had the best story, but thus far I haven’t been able to penetrate that game, having gotten used to the far superior graphics and interface present on Generations VI and VII. I’ll get round to it eventually though, I’m sure.
In my time playing all of those games, what interested me the most was the exploration aspects of the games – the travelling, uncovering the mythology of the different regions, and encountering new Pokémon for the first time.
However now, having done all of that, I decided to pick my Nintendo 3DS back up and try something new – to catch all 807 Pokémon (pre-Meltan and Melmetal – they can wait until the new games come out in November) in anticipation of the Generation VIII games Pokémon Sword & Shield.
My plan took a bit of a hit after the whole ‘Dexit’ scandal, in which the creators of Pokémon revealed that the new game would not feature all the current Pokémon like prior generations, but eventually I decided I would go for it anyway.
I started with ΩR/αS, as I realised there was a lot to do in the post-game that I didn’t really look into when I did my first playthrough. With the use of the Pokémon Bank, I transferred all three starters onto one game, and then caught a Lotad to act as my central ‘starter’ of sorts (I’ve always wanted a Lotad, and seeing a live-action Ludicolo in Detective Pikachu only cemented that fact). As you can probably imagine if you’ve played a Pokémon game, the central campaign was even more of a breeze with all three starters on my team, and so when I got down to it, I was able to smash through the story pretty quickly.
But after that, I got to experience something I hadn’t tried the first time around – utilising Latios and Latias‘ soaring through the sky feature. Through this, you could travel to Islands off the coast of the Hoenn region and find portals that let you encounter Pokémon not native to the region, as well as the bulk of the Legendary Pokémon from across the series’ history. Thus far, I’ve managed to rack up Lugia, Suicune, Entei, Raikou, Regirock, Regice, Registeel, Latias, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Deoxys, Regigas, Cresselia and Verizion. Doing one of these every ten Pokémon makes them feel like an event each time I play, rather than just mindless catching Legendaries, which is fun. Not sure how I’m going to go about capturing all the mythical Pokémon I’ve missed during event giveaways though…
Including those Legendaries, my total count currently sits on about 143, last time I checked, which is just under twenty percent of the way there. After catching a few more Pokémon, Legendary and otherwise, I’ll be going back to play X/Y, before finally returning to US/UM.
The quest to be a Pokémon Master begins!