Join Date: Dec 2004
Trying to get this done before the deadline... here's part 1 of my LP Pokemon Blue. I'll add some sketches if I have time..
Lurking in darkness, within the depths of my nightstand’s top drawer, resides the long dormant pair of Pokemon Blue and matching blue colored Game Boy Pocket. I have never done a “Let’s Play” before but I sure as shit enjoy nostalgic trips into the old pokemon universe. What better way to do this than a return to my roots, back where it all started...
The cartridge is dusty. Per old school Nintendo bylaws, I blow any residual particles out from the bottom slot. Whether this actually does more good than harm is tough to say but it’s a force of habit. The same is done to old handheld and the two are reunited once more, just like the old days. I flick the power switch to “on” and await the falling Nintendo logo.. but nothing happens. “Oh right, I probably need to charge this thing,” I mutter to nobody in particular, suddenly realizing that I actually need.. dun, dun, dun... batteries. Believe it or not, we used to need these magical little cylinders to power our portable gaming devices. AAA, to be precise, which was always quite an oddball size, even in the late 90’s...
Fresh batteries now in place, I flick the switch to “on” once more and see the red power light flicker to the left of the screen. The screen itself, however, is blank. Did my Game Boy Pocket finally give out? Now what? Oh yes, contrast, I recall. I adjust the little pinwheel on the right side of the device as everything slowly comes into focus, in all its wonderful black and tan glory. Simpler times. I crank the volume up, watch Jigglypuff foolishly try to Doubleslap a Gengar and I’m off... Let’s play.
I ignore the intro. For those who don’t know, I’m a 25 year old male so even if I had never played this in my life, I don’t need instructions. I choose the name Blue for my avatar and as an homage to the game itself. Rival obviously gets the name Red. You all know what happens here, anyway. Once the shrink ray hits, I play a quick game of SNES, check my email at the computer and grab a potion. Fortunately, no Windows 95 blue screen.
Making a beeline to the north, I am stopped by Prof. Oak immediately, as if I’m about to commit suicide by heading any further. I guess pigeons and rats are ravenous creatures that can rip me to shreds without a guard dog of my own for protection.
Back at the lab, I am given a choice of guard dog before Oak’s own grandson. Suck it, Red! Being lazy, I turn to my right and grab the fire lizard Charmander. I was going to pick Squirtle but SoS is a dick and did that already. On the bright side, manga Blue also has Charmander so let the parallels continue! I bestow the affectionate nickname of “REDMEDICNE” after the Fugazi album (particularly for “Bed For The Scraping”
but, you know, character limits..) on Charmander and await my rival’s predictable starter selection.
Red picks Squirtle like a loser, hoping to get some advantage over me, and we battle it out for trainer supremacy. I gladly accept the experience points while my rival trudges off in a huff after his defeat. He better get used to that...
Nothing much happens afterward. Kill some Pidgeys and Rattatas, obtain the free potion, grab the parcel in Viridian along with another potion, and play UPS man for Oak. Upon my return to Pallet Town, I’m told I need to enslave all pokemon I can find to catalog them in the pokedex. OK, cool, I can do that. Can I have that Bulbasaur on your desk to help get me started? No? Guess Oak doesn’t want me to complete his mission THAT badly...
Returning to Viridian, I stop at the Poke building to be refreshed and restored and then go to the Mart to load up on pokeballs. While impossible with one game cartridge (or is it???), I plan to catch as many pokemon on my journey as I can. While snagging every wild monster in my path, I run into Red again and promptly spank his ass again with REDMEDICNE. (Charmander does NOT want to be defeated
.) He mentions something about Elite 4 and badges... Oh yeah, pokemon always instructs you to catch them all but actually you’re supposed to be the best, like no one ever was. Make up your mind already..
Next stop is north, having captured literally every pokedex entry in my immediate area (and promptly boxing them). Viridian Forest holds a couple bug catchers that think they can defeat a fire type but Ember roasts them. Wild pokemon avoid my now level 14 Charmander like the plague but after some pacing, I find the rarer monsters Pikachu and Weedle and declare myself done with this place.
Healing up in Pewter, I check my Pokedex: 12 Seen, 11 Owned. Too easy; let’s get some more. Attempting to head east, I am stopped and instructed to take on the local gym leader. Maybe this will be more of a challenge than the scrubs I’ve faced so far... Entering the gym, an idiot stops me with some new pokemon, babbling about lightyears. Whatever guy, Charmander knows not of physics, he is a brute who wins battles. Victory leads me to Brock, the man in charge.
While Charmander lacks an advantage here, he is REDMEDICNE and promptly dishes out his own cure to this battle... burns and special stat exploitation. Brock instructs Geodude to protect itself with Defense Curl but that’s a novice move and Charmander slowly but surely wears the boulder down. In comes Onix, the large rock snake. While appearing intimidating, it Bides its time storing energy and does not attack. Bad move. Easily exploited, Charmander patiently lowers Onix’s attack with Growl and picks its openings with Ember. The first gym badge is ours, along with the useless Bide TM, and... what’s this? REDMEDICNE is evolving???? Obtaining level 16 after defeating Onix, Charmander has now grown into a Charmeleon. Excellent, another pokedex entry. After only an hour of playtime, I save with 17 pokemon seen and 12 pokemon owned and 1 gym badge. I’m on my way...
EDIT: And I made it...
...to route 3. Before leaving, though, I load up again on Pokeballs. At this point, REDMEDICNE the Charmander, now Charmeleon, has hogged experience points and run over every trainer and wild pokemon in his path. This doesn’t change heading east to Mt. Moon. I like Charmeleon, he’s grumpy and easy to use. Continuing to work on my pokedex, I pick up the only new pokemon available on this route, Jigglypuff.
Resting up at the Pokecenter outside Mt. Moon, a man stops me with an amazing offer: a new pokemon for my dex at the cost of only 500 pokedollars! Being that I just burned a ton of money again, I use up the majority of my 681 remaining money and purchase the KING OF KARP, Magikarp. I decide I want to work on my investment and train Magikarp up to Gyarados. Two levels later, fuck it, into the box you go.
Good fortune finds me in Mt. Moon as I don’t have to search very long for Clefable and Paras. Charmeleon beats up everyone in sight and I add 4 more entries to the dex with ease. I pick up the Water Gun and Mega Punch TMs, though no pokemon to use them on right now, the two Moon Stones, and the Dome Fossil. The dreaded level 16 Raticate was 8 levels behind me at this point so I didn’t sweat facing it. Oh yeah, and some organization named Team Rocket is doing some shit in here but I dunno what.
The bright sunlight of route 4 shines through as I reach the exit of Mt. Moon. TM04 almost drops in my lap so I pick it up and move on to the new grassy area. Nothing interesting to report but I pick up the version exclusive Sandshrew. Will this be, finally, the second permanent entry to my party? Nope, Sandshrew is level 6, I’m under a deadline, no time to level up now.
A stop at the Cerulean City Pokecenter is short lived as I find Red waiting for me just to the north. Charmeleon is so overleveled at this point that the battle should be a cakewalk but Pidgeotto gets a Sand-Attack in, and I manage to miss 8 attacks in the match. Still, a win is a win.
Nugget bridge provides a nugget and an offer to join the joke organization Team Rocket. I contemplate joining up but Arceus has other plans for me.
A small patch of grass to the north of the bridge reveals a level 12 Abra. I’m feeling lucky and toss a pokeball. Success! Those things can be annoying to catch sometimes.. Also found is a level 14 Bellsprout that I snag and nickname WEEDS. I fight a nearby trainer with a Machop and Geodue. WEEDS shows his value and proves his worth in this match. Finally, the second member of my team is decided upon.
Now, here’s where things get interesting... I head west of Nugget Bridge next and pick up the Thunder Wave TM. Not much over here so I’m about to Teleport back to Cerulean when a trainer tries to lock eyes with me for a battle. Too late! Abra sends me back to the outside of the pokecenter... but something’s... wrong. I can’t seem to open my backpack or check my pokemon. In fact, it seems as though the only thing working are my legs. Karma for not battling, perhaps?
I wander back north in search of the trainer I snubbed but make a wrong turn and end up facing a Slowpoke trainer. WEEDS comes out without any help from me, does his thing and Vine Whips until he goes down to Confusion. In comes REDMEDICNE to finish the job. Still can’t access my items or pokeballs but I know WEEDS is hurting, so I go off in search of the Pokecenter.
Then, it happened. Out of nowhere, a wild Mew appears! Even though it’s only level 7, this is something special and I drain a few pokeballs before I manage to capture it. Start menu restored, I head back to Cerulean, box Mew for now, being on a tight schedule, and move on to Bill’s house. But not before trying out this strange phenomenon a few more times (netting me a Nidoqueen, Gengar, and Cubone before getting bored).
Inside Bill’s, I find an odd pokemon that can talk but, considering I just discovered and caught Mew, this seems rather.. tame. Turns out it’s Bill and he’s turned himself into a pokemon. I help him undo his experiment and he rewards me with a boat ticket. Cash or a rare Eevee would have been cool, too, you cheap bastard.
Now that route 25 is cleared, I decide to take on the local gym leader. By now, REDMEDICNE is at level 26 and WEEDS is 19. Two warm up trainers later, WEEDS evolves into Weepinbell, just in time for a battle with Misty. The gym battle is uneventful, a snoozer you might say, as WEEDS uses Sleep Powder on Staryu, Growths 4 times and Vine Whips it to death. Starmie meets the same fate. The Cascade Badge is ours, and just in time, too.
Pokedex watch: 51 Seen, 26 Owned.
Last edited by Carl; Jun 9th, 2012 at 10:35:19 PM.