Retro Gaming 90’s- Pokemon Gold & Silver: (1999)

When we think about high profile classics for Game Boy Color back in the 90’s one if the few games that comes to mind is Pokemon Gold & Silver from 1999. The Pokemon Game Boy series started back in ’96; following the releases of Pokémon Red, Blue & Yellow which were all highly successful. Pokémon Silver & Gold were considered to be sequels to Red, Blue and Yellow with added modifications as it related to overall gameplay. Pokémon Gold & Silver included at least 100 new species of creatures; while including a day/night cycle similar to that of Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest for the NES from 1987. Similar to Red, Blue and Yellow players were expected to collect as many Pokémon as possible to fill up their Pokédex fun Silver & Gold. As far as the main storyline was concerned players were also presented with the task of defeating the Elite Four along with the Pokémon Master Lance to become champion towards the end of the game. The side scrolling top-down perspective from Pokémon Red, Blue & Yellow returned in Gold & Silver; in addition with the feature of players being able to utilize items in order heal or make their Pokémon stronger in some way.

One of the features included in Pokémon Gold & Silver that did not exist its prequels was the PokeGear. Unlike, Pokémon Red, Blue & Yellow players were now able to call other competitors after receiving their phone number following battles. Players were also able to use PokeGear as a watch or to listen to the radio which was pretty cool as well. Along with the inclusion common type of Pokemon such as fire, water, glass, electric, air, psychic, rock, normal we got see new elements introduced in Gold & Silver. These two games saw the introduction of steel, poison and dark type Pokémon all with their specific strengths and weaknesses as well. Pokémon Gold & Silver also introduced the Three Legendary Beasts which consisted of Raikou, Suicune and Entei. In some ways the Three Legendary Beasts were similar to that of Kanto Legendary Birds from Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow; which consisted of Zapdos, Moltres and Articuno from the first generation of Pokémon from ’96-’98. Overall, Pokemon Gold & Silver was a very fun RPG for Game Boy Color which gave players countless hours of gameplay. Game Freak & Nintendo’s Pokemon Gold & Silver games were so popular following their ’99 releases that they reached at least 23 million units in sales.

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