Retro Games- Pokemon Gold & Silver: (1999)


When it comes down to gaming there is nothing like the classics especially during the late 90’s and early 00’s.  Shortly after the releases of Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow Game Freak had went on to develop more titles for handheld consoles such as Game Boy and Game Boy Color.   Pokemon Gold & Silver was first released in Japan in late 1999 prior to being available in countries such as America in the year 2000.  The great thing about Pokemon Gold & Silver was the fact that the games themselves were not radically different from Red, Blue and Yellow.  In Pokemon Gold & Silver people had to progress throughout the game to earn various badges along with battling the Elite Four towards the end of the game.  Pokemon Gold & Silver introduces some new gym leaders to this game including Faulkner, Bugsy, Whitney, Morty, Chuck, Jasmine and Oryxes.   Along with having new gym leaders in Pokemon Gold & Silver both games saw the return of some old ones such as Brock, Misty, Lt. Surge, Erika, Sabrina and Blaine from Red, Blue and Yellow.  Also, during the beginning of both games players have the option of choosing what type of Pokemon they want to start off with.  Similar to Red & Blue the Silver and Gold versions of Pokemon give players an option to choose between fire, water, and a grass type Pokemon.

Whatever type of Pokemon one chooses to start off with in the game will play a significant role in determining what type of strategies they will use to defeat each gym leader especially towards the beginning of the game.  Since players have less Pokemon in the beginning of the game when they participate in gym battles they have to capture certain types of creatures to have a successful chance on defeating the leaders along with their associates.  Capturing other Pokemon and leveling them up before gym battles are always helpful especially if one is knowledgeable about their strengths and weaknesses in relation to what type of creatures they are dealing with. Some people might argue that the beginning of Pokemon Silver and Gold is not as difficult as Red, Blue or especially Yellow since the first three gym leaders utilize flying, bug and normal type creatures.  Whether a player chooses Chikorita, Cyndaquil or Totodile in the beginning of the game is not as much of a big deal since none of them are necessarily weak against flying, bug or normal type Pokemon.

It was usually tougher in Pokemon Yellow since players had to start of with Pikachu and catch other Pokemon to battle rock type creatures in the very beginning. Also, in Pokemon Red & Blue Pokemon most people were tempted to select Squirtle or Bulbasaur in the beginning since Charmandaer would have had a tough time dealing with rock and water type Pokemon during the first two gym battles.   When it comes down to gym battles in Pokemon Gold and Sliver there are at least fifteen different leaders that people must battle along with dueling the champion in the end.  Even though, players have their plates full with seemingly endless gym battles they also have to deal with Team Rocket as well.   The adventure that players experience in Pokemon Gold & Sliver along with having the opportunity to catch legendary Pokemon such as Raikou, Entei, and Suicune makes both games seem unforgettable.   When it came down to games for handheld consoles in the late 90’s and the early 00’s many people consider them to be classics to this very day.  The original Gold & Sliver Pokemon games were both so good that some people would probably prefer them over HeartGold and SoulSilver for the Nintendo DS.  Anyone who was a true fan of Pokemon back then realize how great both games were along with the fact that Game Freak exceeded their expectations in terms of developing successful sequels to the Red, Blue and Yellow versions of this title.


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