Pokemon GO started life as a well thought out and genuinely funny April fool’s joke on the part of Google, in which it suggested that they’d partnered with Nintendo and Game Freak to bring a plugin to Google Maps that allowed people to travel to locations and capture Pokemon onto their mobiles from their natural habitats. It’s been quite a while since that video did the rounds, and now Niantic Inc, makers of ‘Ingress’, have attempted to bring that video into reality.
Launched to capitalise on the ever-growing ‘monster catching’ sub-genre of the RPG that has been popularised by the Pokémon series and started in the original Digital Devil Saga on the NES, Edgebee brings Critter Forge to in-browser gaming.
Nintendo test the water of Freemium games and mobile gaming in general with the release of Pokemon Shuffle (Mobile) a game which saw release onto the 3Ds’ virtual store not too long ago. Following on from the variable quality in the official app for the ‘Pokemon Trading Card Game’, it looks like the first of Nintendo’s big franchises has arrived.
After two successful releases on the Game Boy, Game Freak shifted their attention to the new Game Boy Advance for the third entry into their popular Pokémon series. After the twin regions to explore in Crystal people were expecting something pretty impressive on the new hardware, and whilst it doesn’t break much new ground it is a solid evolution of the series.
The original Pokemon titles had already taken the world by storm and cemented the Game Boy back as the number one handheld for a second generation when the sequel arrived in 2000. As sequels go this is one of the most ambitious follow-up RPGs ever devised. Doubling the content of the original and improving upon its predecessor in every conceivable way.
When considering how best to approach the multiple releases of the Pokemon franchise we made the decision to review each generation as a whole, with a focus on the ‘special’ version of the game usually released last with additional tweaks and features. In the case of the original Pokemon generation of titles (‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ respectively, with ‘Green’ included if your Japanese) this would be Pokemon Yellow.