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Pokémon Yellow was a very, very clever game release by the folks at Nintendo and Game Freak. It was first released in Japan in 1998 and not only managed to capitalize on the fact that the first two Pokémon games had taken over the world. It capitalized on the fact that people had fallen in love with Pikachu and the Pokémon TV series.
More Of The Same
Do not think of Pokémon Yellow as a brand-new Pokémon game. Actually, at the time of release, some people felt that it was a bit of a cash-in. I think that is not the case at all in all fairness. The game features the same formula as the original Pokémon game. Your main goal is still to defeat gym leaders, win badges, capture Pokémon and become the grand champion.
Didn’t I See You On TV?
The big change that Pokémon Yellow offers is that it far more resembles the Pokémon TV show. You do not actually play as Ash, but many other characters from the show are here and the Pokémon also look more like they do on the show. Unlike the other Pokémon games, this one does not give you the choice of a starter Pokémon, you have to start with Pikachu.
Who does not love Pikachu? This game does make him be your starter Pokémon, but Pikachu has way more personality than any of the three starters that were in the original games. You can talk to him and actually develop a relationship with him. This adds a lot to the game and really does make Pikachu feel like he is your buddy. There is even a Pikachu surfing mini-game which is way more fun than you would think. In all the decision to make this game about Pikachu and his relationship with you as a trainer does make it seem different from the other Pokémon games even though the story, in all honesty, is not completely different.
Let There Be Color
You can play Pokémon Yellow on a standard Game Boy and also a Game Boy Color, but it does work better on the Game Boy Color. This does not look a million times better than the original Pokémon games, but the fact that the color pallets work very well, it really does showcase the Game Boy Color in a very good way. Having different Pokémon also have color really helps make them look more like the way they do on the TV show.
While I love Pokémon Red, Blue and of course Green. I must admit that I feel Yellow is the better game from the original wave of Pokémon games. Granted they have not changed a ton of stuff here, but I feel the changes that they have made do actually make the game have way more personality. If you are a fan of the Pokémon TV show, you will really appreciate what they have done here.
- Pikachu is the star!
- You can actually capture the original three starters
- The story is closer to the TV series
- It looks great on the Game Boy Color
- I love the design of the Pokémon
- Some might see it as a cash in!
- It would have been cool if you actually were Ash!
Download Pokemon Yellow
Pokemania is running wild! On Sept. 6. Nintendo will release Pokemon Yellow, the latest installment to the ever-popular Pokemon series. Pokemon Yellow isn't actually a sequel to the Red and Blue versions, though--but it's got a lot of new stuff that no true Pokemon fan will want to miss. For example, Pikachu is now on your side from the very beginning.
You can see him on the map screen, and you can interact with him throughout the game (it's very cool). Also, you can now print out your Pokedex data using the Game Boy Printer. You can look forward to lots of subtle changes as well--hidden mini-games, cameo appearances by characters from the cartoon, new art for the monsters in the Pokedex, and more. The only downside? The game was created before the GB Color was released, so the color enhancements are Super GB only.