Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Best Pokémon Games

Yesterday, we gave away a pack of Pokémon Cards--and not the trading cards. No, this was a pack of 52 cards featuring pictures of various Pokémon. In order to generate a few responses, we asked people what their favorite Pokémon games were. (Here is the Facebook post if you want to chip in your two cents)

As expected, the results were enormously skewed towards the original Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue on the Game Boy, both of which were released in 1998 here in the US. There was also a fair amount of love for Pokémon Yellow which allowed Pikachu to follow you around, and the numerous updated versions like Pokémon Ruby, Pokémon Emerald, Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, and their recent enhanced remakes, Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver.

Surprisingly enough, there was also some love shown for the Pokémon Trading Card Game on the Game Boy, Pokémon Stadium on the Nintendo 64 (which had the awesome feature of letting you use the Pokémon you'd captured on your Red/Blue cartridge), Pokémon Puzzle League, even Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team on the Game Boy Advance.

But one that stood out for us was the mention of Pokémon Snap and Hey You! Pikachu. The former was a revolutionary "photography" game with gameplay that would later be revisited in the PS3 exclusive, 'Afrika' and, to a lesser extent, the photography elements in the 360 exclusive, 'Dead Rising.'

Was Pokémon Snap a particularly good game? Yes, if you had a marginal interest in photography and Pokémon. As for Hey You! Pikachu, it used a microphone peripheral similar to the Seaman game on the Sega Dreamcast, though it was not implemented as well and we have to say we preferred our quirky man/fish on the Dreamcast to Pikachu on the Nintendo 64.