Pokemon yellow...what can I say? This epitomises my childhood and I have recently rediscovered it and loved it all over again. When I was about 10 my Mum bought me a Gameboy Color and this game because I was obsessed with Pokemon. And I never bought another game for it! Pokemon Yellow was enough for me.
It's as good now as it was when I was a child (if not better because I'm older and understand more) and I have completed it twice since I've rediscovered.
It was developed by Gamefreak (for Nintendo) in 1998 by Japanese Developers.
The plot follows the anime series that was all over our TV sets in the late 90s. It follows a 10 year old through his (or her - you decide - but the picture is a boy!) first Pokémon journey. The object is to travel around the world and battle other trainers and also catch all 150 Pokémon to fill up your Pokedex.
You go through different cities, complete tasks there, catch some new Pokémon and then battle the trainer at the Gym. In every city there is a gym with a gym leader and you must beat this gym leader in a Pokémon battle before you can go to the next city.
There is also the evil Team Rocket trying to ruin the world of Pokémon...you have to beat them and thward there plans along the way as well.
I think the plot is fantastic...it's a proper journey which I like. You develop new skills, get new Pokémon and discover new places at every stage of the game.
The game was made for Gameboy Color in 1998. So it's quite basic.
Controlling your character is easy enough; you move with the directional arrows. The 'A' button is select for pretty much anything. There was never a point when I thought 'how do I do this?' - it all seemed very natural and user friendly.
Naturally, the graphics aren't up to our modern day standards and the technology of the Gameboy means that it's quite difficult to see the screen in certain lights.
The main issue with this game is that if you didn't grow up with it, you might find it incredibly old fashioned. Most of the appeal to me is that it has so many good memories. There are many new Pokemon games on more modern devices such as the Nintendo DS that may be more suitable if you haven't got into Pokemon before.
The worst thing about this game is that you cannot have multiple save files. You can only be playing one game at a time. This means that you can't share your Gameboy with friends or family without them disturbing your game.
It is not possible to catch all 150 Pokemon on Yellow by yourself. You need a friend who also has a different Pokemon Game (see below) and a clever little thing called a trading cable. This is a lot of fun to do, but unfortunately in the sad adult world we live in, very few people play old-school Pokemon and you may find it hard to find a friend to trade with.
=Time and Replay ability=
As I said at the start, I have completed this twice in a couple of years. It takes around 45 hours to complete I would say (well it did for me anyway), but once 'completed' you can spend a long time getting new Pokemon to fill up your Pokedex.
In terms of replay ability, you can definitely replay it! Each time will be different when you choose new Pokemon to train up and be in your top 5. Different choices can be made and although the plot is still pretty much the same, it feels like a whole new game. Plus you forget a lot of the stuff you did at the beginning!
=Compared to other Pokemon games=
As I've said this is from Generation I of Pokemon. Also released in Generation I were the Red and Blue games (and Green in Japan). The gameplay is all very similar for these 3 games aside from the (in my opinion, winning) increased role of Pikachu in Yellow; this is why I chose yellow over red and blue. In Yellow your Pikachu follows you around everywhere instead of being in his Pokeball. It's really quite cute..
In Yellow you only have the option to have Pikachu as your starter Pokemon, whereas in Red and Blue you get to choose between Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle. The great thing about Yellow is that you can get all three of the red/blue starters later in the game (an option not available in red/blue - you can only get the one you start with unless you trade). One bad thing about Yellow is that your Pikachu refuses to evolve into Raichu - but you can trade with a friend if you really want him.
I am very much what the internet refers to as a 'genwunna' (a gen 1er) as in I only play games from Generation I - I personally think it got too complicated after this and lost sight of what I enjoyed about the games. They keep adding new Pokemon and new worlds and new techniques. Naturally the quality of the games and graphics improves with each new Generation, but I can't bring myself to play them!
10 years ago you could get this anywhere, but since Gameboy Colors are a thing of the past and the game isn't actually made anymore it's a little more difficult. I was lucky enough to find mine in the back of a wardrobe, but you might not be so lucky. My boyfriend saw me playing it and wanted to get his own version (as I have said before there are NO multiple saves!!) which cost about £15 used on the amazon marketplace. You'd be hard pushed to find a new version (Amazon is currently listing new ones at £499!) as they are collector's items only really. Luckily they are quite durable and second hand really doesn't matter. The other thing is that you may have to fork out to buy an old Gameboy if you don't still own one (or never did!). These are available for around £20.
The game also plays on a Gameboy Advance if you own one of those.
Overall I'm going to give it 4/5 - the graphics are pretty poor but that's all part of the retro and nostalgic quality I love about this game!
-When I bought this game-
At the time I was playing Pokemon Red for the first time I think Pokemon Yellow had already been released so I knew I would want to buy this game as soon as I had the money, when I did save the money for it I bought for about £30 from Toys R Us (this was before I knew about Game Station).
This game changes the way you receive your starter Pokemon to match the cartoon where Ash ends up getting a Pikachu because he slept in and missed his chance to choose out of Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur, the game works in the same way except that the Pokemon you have received would have been Eevee if your rival hadn't pushed you out of the way.
The Pikachu also refuses to evolve much like Ash with his Pikachu in the cartoon, it's cry has also been changed from the standard growl to the first part of it's name, it also refuses to stay in it's Pokeball so it follows you around during your adventure.
The number of Pokemon available to catch remains the same as the previous game keeping the number at 150; although the Pokemon available in the wild have changed slightly and the TM and HM compatibility has been altered (Charizard can now learn Fly via HM02).
The Pokemon available via trade or received as a gift have also been changed since the previous game.
Some of the gym leaders have altered their teams by changing the Pokemon they use to closely match the cartoon. Some leaders such as Brock have also had their levels reduced slightly.
I also found that the due to the typing of your starter Pokemon it forces you to try out other types of Pokemon rather than just soloing it with your Pikachu as it's Electric type moves won't work on Brock's Pokemon.
The rival's Eevee also evolves based the actions you take during the game, these actions involve whether you win or lose against him.
Two team rocket members are added to the game that are based on Jessie and James from the cartoon, they also have the Pokemon they normally use in the cartoons (although the Meowth doesn't talk though)
The original starter Pokemon (Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur) are given to the player various points in the game based on how happy Pikachu is or after a certain badge.
This game was as addictive as the previous game in the series and played this all day for weeks, I enjoyed it very much and will give it a 5/5 as it's a game I would highly recommend to anyone whether a fan of the series or not.
I'd just like to say I've never reviewed a game before so not sure how this is going to turn out, I would appreciate constructive critasizum to help me improve this if I need to.
Game boy first came to the United Kingdom in 1988 this was one of the first handheld game consoles and I vividly remember my oldest sister having one of these and I was amazed at it, by this time Pokemon wasn't out but I do remember her having super Mario and other platform games, then a good few years later came the game boy pocket. I remember my brother having a red one of these, it was about a third the thickness off the original game boy and could of course fit in your pocket, Pokemon games then started to come out for this and I remember watching my brother play on them all. The it got even better when the game boy colour came out which I happily received the yellow Pikachu edition for Christmas one year. I never really had many games so I just stole all my brother's Pokemon games. Choosing to review this so very late on in my life because I've recently got back into my games and purchased a purple game boy colour along with this game and a Harry Potter game the other day and I just can't put it down Pokemon has once again taken over my life!
Pokemon game's are set in a world of Pokemon as is they were normal animals like we have that flutter in the tree's ad hide in the grass. Your objection is to become the worlds greatest Pokemon trainer. To do this throughout this and all Pokemon game's you need to fight, capture, train and evolve Pokemon and defeat the gym leaders to gain certain badges to work your way up to the Pokemon league to beat the elite four.
You start off in little Pallet town where you live and you go to see Professor Oak, he is the ultimate Pokemon professor and knows all about them, he requests to see you and this is where you obtain a Pokemon, originally you are supposed to get Eevee however Oak's grandson Gary is not please that you get Eevee and he doesn't so he steals in and you end up with the cutest little thing that is Pikachu. He also sets you a task, one of many throughout the game, he entrusts you with a Pokedex, this records every Pokemon you encounter and catch and as they saying goes 'Gotta catch em all' this is really handy as a player as well as it shows you what else you need to capture in order in have them all.
The Pokedex stats there are 133 Pokemon to be seen and collected, but anyone else who knows these games will know there are at least 150 and some cannot be seen or collected unless trading with another Pokemon game. Also at the end of the game you finally get the chance to capture Eevee and make sure you do do it as there is only one in the entire Yellow game, you then go and buy either a water, fire and electric stone as this is the only way to evolve Eevee, so you can only change it once, however being a geek me and my friend looked up cheats how to multiple a Pokemon and we did this with eevee three times so we could have all three evolution's of her.
You have tasks throughout the game and you have to collect certain moves known as TM and HM in order to carry on, TM moves are just normal moves that can be added and discarded however HM there is only 5 of these and you cannot delete them once they have been 'learned' by a certain Pokemon but you can teach them as many times as you want. These are 'Fly, Surf, Flash, Dig and smash' You need the first HM cut, this can be obtained from the SS.Anne boat located in Misty's town, with this you can cut down broken trees to get into secret house and find treasures on the floor. You will need HM Flash to get through Rock tunnel to get to the next town, this can be taut to an electric Pokemon and the ideal one is Pikachu as you carry it around with you all the time, you need to get this other wise you cannot continue with the game as rock tunnel is pitch black and you need a Pokemon to light the way. Pokemon evolve at different levels some a lot higher than others and they usually evolve three times each, you can also catch the evolved versions in the grass but if you train yours and evolve them it makes the Pokemon stronger. Certain Pokemon can only be evolved by trading such as Graveler.
In each town there is a gym and it's leader, You need to train and defeat each town's gym leader to receive the badge, each one lets you do more things, if you train your Pokemon to high without having a certain badge then the Pokemon refuses to listen to you and will no longer obey you until you have the correct badges, which as you can imagine will make it quite difficult as you won't be able to beat the leaders because your Pokemon don't listen to you. There are certain Pokemon on this game that you can only obtain by taking it off someones hands, such as charmander, bulbasaw and squirtle. You first get Charmander is the town where misty is located, these train up a lot faster than all the other's because they was once someone else's, it works in the similar way of trading with another game boy.
One of the best thing about Pokemon is they never die, they will only faint, which I think is great otherwise if they died we'd have to go out and catch them all over again and the game would take forever to complete! You pick up certain things along the way such as fossils and old amber, without me giving it away make sure you talk to everyone in the game, you will fine use for them as everyone usually gives you hints and tips to help you. You get town map with is a brilliant way to find out where you are and where to go to next, it also show's the water routes you will need to take.
One of the most annoy bits in the game is Ghost tower, this is filled with wannabee trainers who you have no choice but to fight and earn money they all have Ghastly and Haunter Pokemon, I've found these to be quite hard to defeat with normal Pokemon your going to need a water Pokemon as this is the only one to inflict real damage before it makes all your Pokemon confused.
The music is very repetitive and becomes quite annoying by the third town, it's not the worst when your in the towns, but more in the caves when you run into fights 6 times down a small stretch the music of it becomes unbearable when your getting annoyed already trying to find your way out, this however isn't because it's old, because the music is exactly the same on Nintendo DS. The graphics for this isn't to bad considering it's the first game boy colour, it has no light and I forgot it wasn't like Nintendo DS when I turned out the light the other night which was amusing. The colours on this are mainly blue and green and a few wishy washy colours but of course they did the best the could with the technology they had at the time.
Overall this is an excellent game for both children and adults and proves to be most entertaining and enjoyable, this game will take you ages to complete i'be just got past the third town and what with all the training too I've already been on it for 10 hours and I never even noticed, this is a very addictive game and I will be re purchasing the other games too. I recommend this for anyone who loves real games that last long but do prove to be challenging at times despite it being a (U) children game.
In this game you start off with Pikachu and it follows you around for the rest of the game as long as it's conscious and in your party. You pick up all 3 starter pokemon Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur near the start of the game. This is one of my favourite pokemon games as you get all 3 starters, I hope they re-make it or make anothe new one similar to Yellow. The idea of getting all the starters is really cool!
There are two aims of the game - the first is to collect the 8 badges of Kanto and defeat the Kanto Eilte Four. The second aim (much harder and time consuming) is to complete the Pokedex. You need to know someone else with Yellow, Red or Blue to be able to complete the Pokedex, and it is hard. However comapred to the difficulty of completing later generation games it's a lot easier, as in later versions it's possible to visit different regions, import pokemon from every single region and now to date there are over 450 pokemon to catch! Compared to the original 100 (I think) this is epic!
The game takes place in the Kanto region, the gym leaders and cities are the same as in the Red, Blue, Fire Red and Leaf Green versions of the game. The legendary pokemon up for grabs are the 3 birds - Zapdos, Articuno, Moltres and the powerful Mewtwo.
The game's quite expensive now, I've seen it sold on Amazon (New) or 50 pounds! Now that's astounding considering when it was first released it cost incredily less. In fact my dad just came home one day with Pokemon Yellow, I was over joyed! (And then Red a few months later, yay!)
The graphics are completely primitive compared to the graphics in pokemon games nowadays, and the sounds are bad too. Anyone who loves retro gaming should buy this though, it truly is the original pokemon.
Its intresting to think that at one point this was being reviewd right here on DooYoo as a brand new product, and yet I am reviewing it as one of gaming history and nostalgia.
Pok'emon yellow was released in the summer of 2000, being brought out as a special edition to give the fans a better link to the anime story. Obviously from the cover , this game featured highly around Pikachu and allowed the player to more realistically play out the story of Ash Katchum.
Whilst the gameplay and dynamics were widely the same as its counterpart Pok'emon red/blue , Yellow added a few more new details and aspects.
Essentialy staying as a top down role playing game, you controlled a young boy wanting to become a top trainer. This is where the first change occurs between this and red/blue, as you start off with pikachu , you venture straight out into the world and dont choose from the 3 starter pok'emon of squirtle , bulbasur and charmander. Although they could be gained later on from NPC's in various ways.
Pikachu , unlike every other pok'emon, lives outside of the ball and follows behind the player. The player could also interact with Pikachu , such as turning around and seeing his emotion, be it happy or sad, angry or confused. These changes occured mostly down to its condition, so low health or a confusion attack had their respective emotions shown. Pikachu would also react depending on the building or area you were entering which gave you a little hint as to wether something bad was about to go down.
For the first time in the game , as well as linking with the show, Jesse, James and Meowth appear. In case you dont remember the animated series these are the running enemies of the show and are known as Team Rocket, their intrests include trying to steal your Pok'emon and making a strange signal very similar to the Nazi salute. I wonder wether you questioned as I always did , wether they should spend less time chasing Ash and just buy some Pok'e balls and catch some Pok'emon, I mean it isn't that difficult.
Another small change was that a small amount of new Pok'emon were bought to the series, however some were then pulled out of the game. Cleverly meaning that for the purists, they would need both games and have to trade and evolve in both games between two game boys.
Battle systems remained the same with the game relying on its simple turn based formula for attacks, as well as the use of items.
The game was also released for use on Game boy Colour, the first Pok'emon game to do so, although the colours weren't overly vivid and so it wasn't easy to show of all the bright colours the Pok'emon showed off in the series. Pikachu was however as yellow as he could be and the graphics remained the same as they did in the previous outing, but the shading and grass was slightly better with the inclusion of colour letting a slight amount of depth to be created. Notably with Pikachu you could see his markings which brought a smile to my young face every time I turned the game on.
The sound to remained the same, although picking up slightly with the Gameboy Colours slightly better speakers. I am happy for this as if they had taken away the iconic battle noise I would have been a little distraught.
The game also caused the release of a special Pikachu Game boy Colour which today is worth around £40.
Pok'emon yellow is worth £70 in good condition and is in the guiness book of records for selling 1 million copies in 2 weeks, a great achievement even by todays standard.
Pokémon Yellow was my first Pokémon game. At first I wasn't interested in the series but as an RPG fan and the fact that people were overly obsessed with it as a kid in the 90s, it wasn't long until I took interest.
Pokémon Yellow improves upon Red and Blue by giving you a new popular starter - Pikachu. Its the birth of the happiness system. Pikachu's mood changes based on how you treat him. Healing him and so on makes him happy and he has different reactions based on where you are. The game prohibits you from evolving it though unless its traded elsewhere.
One cool feature is how they allow you to also collect the 3 starters in game whereas in previous versions you can only have 1 of each and need to trade or restart your game to play with the others.
The object is to collect all the Pokémon and train your team by challenging other trainers and competing agaisnt gym leaders for badges to get into the Pokémon League and be crowned champion. One cool feature within Yellow is the surfing Pikachu mini-game which you can get access to if you also own Stadium 2 for N64, since a transfer pak can be used to trade Pokémon between the N64 and Gameboy or to watch them battle in 3D.
Great storyline, awesome RPG, and I'm still a fan of these original games moreso than the recent generation for the DS.
One negative I have to report is that the Pokémon games are loaded with a battery which lasts around 10 years or less. When the battery dies, your saved data is lost forever and you lose the ability to save new games. It can be replaced, but its sad to know all my hard work will someday be wiped out and lost forever.
Pokemon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition is a role playing game for the Nintendo Gameboy.
The storyline is basically the same as the Red and Blue versions of the game. A young boy becomes a Pokemon trainer and journeys the land of Kanto to collect all of the Gym badges and become able to challenge the Elite Four and become a Pokemon master. It is however more closely related to the plotline of the TV show as your character receives a Pikachu as a starting Pokemon like the shows main character Ash.
The gameplay is identical to its predecessors and offers excellent monster battling, each of your Pokemon can learn up to four moves and at certain levels your Pokemon will evolve into new more powerful and rarer forms. With up to 150 of these creatures to capture and tame you will never be short of things to do.
Travelling the world is fun with many places to visit, cities, towns, museums, forests, ancient ruins all await you and your team of Pokemon to explore.
Some nice features about Yellow include your Pikachu who doesn't like to travel in his Pokeball like the one in the show and you can talk to your Pikachu who will show you his mood which is a nice touch. Team Rocket also comprises of the shows characters Jessie James and Meowth and you can also capture the three starter Pokemon, just like in the show!
Graphics have remained the same apart but do include an expanded colour palette which supports the Gameboy Colour, though the game is a standard Gameboy title. There are also a couple of sound bites from the shows Pikachu character.
If you are a fan of the show prepare to go on another journey through the world of Pokemon, the extras don't really change the gameplay to much but the fans will appreciate the small touches that make the game mimic the storyline of the show.
Grown up alot now since I first played this pokemon game but I still havent grown out of playing the games, they are so addictive. I love coming back to this game and doing it again. For me this has to be one of the best pokemon games out there because you have pikachu following you everywhere, how cool is that? you dont see that these days. But seriously, this game has quite a long life span for its generation and is still fun to play in this age.
You start an adventure to catch all 151 pokemon and become the pokemon master and you do this with pikachu with you all the time. There is not much of a difference between this version and the blue and red versions but in my opinion this would be the one to get.
This game is an RPG (Role Playing Game) where you need to gain experience in order to make your pokemon stronger, in order to do this you need to take down your opponents to gain experience for the pokemon you are using. You can get to the maximum level of 100 which you can take down everyone in the game with ease.
You can also go against your friends and see who really is the best.
Pokémon yellow never did interest me much. Mainly because it was a revamp of the original Pokémon blue and red with a slightly different mix of Pokémon and had many references to the TV programme.
The plot and gameplay of Pokémon yellow is pretty much identical to Pokémon red and blue. In the game you take the role of a trainer very similar to that of Ash Ketchum, out of the Pokémon TV series. He has just left home and is given a trusty Pikachu as his first Pokémon his aim: become the world's greatest Pokémon master. To do this he must beat all of the eight gym leaders in the land and earn the badges to earn passage to the legendary elite four, the greatest Pokémon trainers in the world. In his way stand all the other Pokémon trainers in the land as well as the criminal Team Rocket, featuring the trio from the TV series, Jessie, James and Meowth. Unlike the other games you can also catch all three original starting Pokémon, Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle.
The main drive of the game is to search and catch different Pokémon with the trusty Poke balls. After they are caught the can become part of your party of six and be used to fight other trainers and Pokémon. In doing this your Pokémon level up like your standard RPG character would. As they grow, the Pokémon gain abilities and moves with some even evolving into stronger, more efficient Pokémon. Unlike other Pokémon in the game, Pikachu, you're starting Pokémon walks behind the player character. He makes a lot of noise and displays emotion every now and then, when he enters certain buildings or rooms. Also the player can check Pikachu's mood by facing him and clicking on him. A box will appear showing Pikachu's face and he will express a mood of, anger, curiosity or happiness.
The strategy of all the Pokémon games is found in the moves and type of each Pokémon. All Pokémon are assigned a type or two. There are fifteen types of Pokémon in the game and each Pokémon is assigned one or two types, which each possess strengths and weaknesses to other types of Pokémon. For example, water Pokémon are very strong against rock and fire type Pokémon but weak electric types. This adds a rock, paper, scissors element to combat as well as the standard RPG, meaning the most successful Pokémon teams will be a balanced mix of Pokémon.
What makes all of the Pokémon games stand tall in the RPG gaming world is the large customisation levels in terms of your party. The party you can create has a huge amount of possibilities. The game boasts an amazing 151 Pokémon all of which have fifteen types. The Pokémon also learn a ton of moves but can only have four at one time, meaning that no two games will ever be identical even if you tried to make it the same.
Despite basically being an upgraded version of the standard Pokémon Red and Blue it was extremely popular and was at the time, the fastest selling handheld game ever. If you were a huge fan of the TV series or happen to adore the little yellow mouse Pikachu, then I would recommend Pokémon yellow. If not grab a different one as this game has very little different to offer.
I remember getting this game for Christmas when I was about 10 years old. Over ten years later, I still enjoy playing it. Many aspects of the game are similar to the Red and Blue games, but with added perks. One of the highlights for me was little Pikachu following you around. By clicking on him you can see his facial expression, which I loved as a child and still do. This made me feel like I was really Ash Ketchum on his Pokemon adventure.
The Special Pikachu edition relates to the TV series in many ways - Team Rocket's Jessie and James even make several appearences! You also have the opportunity to get all three starter Pokemon at various points throughout the game.
This is a fantastic game and I would throughly recommend it to any Pokemon fan, and those who enjoyed the original Red and Blue games. You can take Ash from getting his first Pokemon up to defeating the Elite Four, and even capture the legendary Mewtwo! Great game for adults and children alike.
I'm a tad insane! I can't seem to shake off my love for Pokemon even now some 10 years after it first became a worldwide success and well me myself being 21 but still...
Whenever I find myself lost for something to do and work or studying isn't keeping me as occupied as it should, I turn to the world of Pokemon.
Pokemon Yellow - Pikachu Edition was originally released in 2000 and was based on the massive selling first generation games Red & Blue [or Green in Pokemon's homeland of Japan]. Because of this the land and general rules of the game are basically the same though the game was tweaked to fit in with the anime. Like Crystal and Emerald it is designed to be a third and final edition to a generation of Pokemon games and to include a few differences from the originals so to tempt new buyers. A bit corny really. However, you really do get a greater feel for the franchise when playing this game as players could choose to replicate Ash's entire party from the TV series if they so desired, something that would've been impossible before without using the trade function.
The graphics have been updated from Red and Blue which is no surprise as the game made the leap from the old brick sized Game Boy to the slimmer Game Boy Colour. However, the graphics and indeed the storyline and length of the game are still behind the later Pokemon releases but that doesn't stop this from being a terribly addictive, yet enjoyable game.
The basics of the game remain identical with you being a Pokemon trainer traveling the region of Kanto in a bid to become the ultimate Pokemon champion and add all 150 of the little critters to your Pokedex. This time you are given Pikachu by Professor Oak when the game starts and just like in the TV series, it refuses to stay in its Pokeball so follows you around instead. This brings up some rather enjoyable moments such as the ability to talk to Pikachu and see from its facial expressions what it thinks of you and also there is a mini surfing game that is now available later on in your quest.
Obviously if you can't stand Pikachu then the game isn't really for you but you could break the rules and dump it in your PC storage system...
Some of the Gym leaders have had minor readjustments to their teams to fit with their television counterparts and there's also the opportunity to capture all three original starter Pokemon within Yellow as well as being able to battle the hilarious Jessie and James of Team Rocket on three occasions.
The Pokemon sprites themselves look a lot better especially during a battle as they represent their televised versions more rather than some of them being very blurred and almost unrecognisable in Red and Blue. Gameplay moves at the player's own desired pace and the maps have a lot more colour to them than before probably due to the shift in console. Even when the game's battles have been completed, there's still the difficult task of capturing all 150 of the things! And let's face it - the first 150 were always the best.
I really enjoyed the game as it gave me the chance to have all three of the original starter Pokemon without all the insanity that comes with trading and the battles were a lot more difficult than before which made the game more challenging, especially to begin with.
Whilst everybody is in a flutter these days about the Wii, X-Box, PS3, Nintendo DS or whatever, this game shows that there will forever be classics that will only continue to mature with age. It's a must have for any Pokemon fan as the game can be made as challenging as the individual wishes, making it an ideal port of entertainment for kids and adults alike. If you're sad and still stuck in the past that is...
I've recently started playing Pokémon Yellow again, purely for nostalgia purposes and I am once again astounded by how great the game is! First released in 2000 for the Game Boy Colour, Pokémon Yellow (as well as its sister games Red and Blue) it still just as entertaining years later and proves it's the quality of the story which makes a game memorable.
Like other Pokémon games, the story follows Ash Ketchum (you) as he travels round different towns and cities catching and battling Pokémon. However, as it is a Pikachu special, Pikachu follows you throughout your journeys (never one to enjoy the Pokéball.) Compared with the sort of games that are available nowadays, the graphics aren't particularly great but this doesn't detract from the game one bit. As an earlier game, only the original 150 are included which is especially entertaining for those who grew up during the Pokémon craze and now them well. The game is challenging and requires patience, but it is also rewarding and moves at the correct pace - something I find the later games (pearl/diamond) don't deliver on. For that reason its suitable for kids as well as adults and I'm having as much fun playing it now as I did when I was 13 (although I did have a read through back in the day which helped!)
I would defiantly recommend Pokémon Yellow as one of the best games from the beginning of the 21st century and indeed the Pokémon franchise.
Released in Europe on June 16th 2000, Pokémon Yellow is successful sequel to the Pokemon Blue and Red versions. However, unlike Pokemon Blue and Red which were the start of the Pokemon franchise and inspired the future series, Pokemon Yellow was inspired by the series. So anyone familiar with the original generation of the Pokemon series will understand what I mean. You will be able to pick up that many of the characters and Pokemon have changed there appearance to match the animation and most notably that you, like Ash Ketchum; start off with a Pikachu that follows you around.
Unlike the other Pokemon games you do not have the option of choosing your starter Pokemon. You will be required to keep a Pikachu Prof. Oak has just caught and keep him happy. Although sounding rather unfair initially, seen as though you may want a Squirtle for instance, it offers a couple advantages. You are able to collect the regular starter Pokemon rather early, once again following the series, but they do tend to be at a much lower level.
You then have to go out and catch your Pokemon and become a 'Pokemon Master.' Although that may sound tough it is actually very easy to pick up. Once you have bought your Pokeballs you are able to walk in long grass, fish, go in caves etc. and catch some Pokemon. You have to catch 150 Pokemon, although you can only carry around 6 at a time so choose your team wisely. The basic options are: Fight, Pokemon, Item and Run. With fight you are able to choose 1 of 4 moves your Pokemon has learnt and either attack your enemy or render them helpless or disadvantaged, e.g. putting them to sleep with 'sleep powder' or weaken his defences with 'leer.' The 'Pokemon' option just lets you change your Pokemon and 'Item' allows you to pick from any item in your bag to use. Whether it is potion to heal your Pokemon, Awakening to wake them up or a Pokeball to catch a wild Pokemon, the Items you buy or find are vital. And if you select run you will run away from a wild Pokemon.
Every city has a Pokemart and a Pokemon centre where you buy items and heal your Pokemon, but there are the only things that stay the same throughout the map. You have to go through electrical plants, forests, and caves etc. all while trying to defeat the 'evil team rocket, which now have the addition of Jesse and James from the series. The Yellow game also make you battles Prof. Oak's grandson and your enemy, Gary, throughout the game.
You will also be approached by other trainers in the game who, when they see you, battle you (you do not have a say in this so be prepared for them or try to avoid them). This allows you to train up your Pokemon and collect some money after beating them. Then once your Pokemon are strong enough you will be able to beat the Gym leaders to get badges. You need 8 badges in total to be able challenge to the Elite 4. Each Gym leader has their own unique style of Pokemon, i.e. fire, water, rock etc. It is up to you to realise which Pokemon are strong enough to beat the different elements, for instance electric Pokemon are powerful against water Pokemon. Then once you get to the Elite 4 I'm sure you would have the game cracked, so I needn't go on about the game mechanics any longer.
The graphics are poor compared to today's standard, but for a Pokemon Colour game in 2000 they were pretty good, but if you want a game with better graphics you need to look at the newer Pokemon games which all have newer Pokemon. The music is annoying and repetitive and the Pokemon just make strange noises as they appear on screen, but don't let that put you off the game.
For it's time it offered great freedom in play, although you have to follow the map around from city to city you are able to go back on yourself a lot, train Pokemon whenever you wish, stay in a certain area or just battle your way through. There's a hundred ways to beat the game, and even more Pokemon to catch.
It is an easy game to grasp but can be hard to find your way around, so I recommend buying a guide to help you make your way through the map with ease. You also need a friend with another Pokemon game, preferably Red/Blue in order to catch all 150, because not all of the Pokemon appear on Pokemon Yellow and you have to trade with them to get them in your collection. Overall it is quite addictive and will now be very cheap. But for all those people who would like the 'best' version I would say you need to look at the newer games on the DS, but I still prefer the original 3.
Pokemon Yellow, My first ever pokemon game, accompanied with my first ever gameboy on christmas day! A slight advance on pokemon Red + Blue, but i emphasise slight! The only advance i ever noticed that was instead of a young boy walking round the pokemon world on his own, he is now walking round with a little electric mouse trailing happily behind him! And we all know that mouse as, Pikachu!!!! This game definitely brings back some memories, back in the good ol' days when you would sit outside at 7°clock in the evening playing pokemon with your best friend, on your top of the range Gameboy Colours!!! This game is a great game! So many places to explore, fun to play, educational (to a point :P) and a memorable game if any! It also encourages creativity! How to conquer certain pokemon with other certain pokemon, what the most sensible route would be to take etc. In ways it really does teach young children how to have fun, and use common sense!
For a Game Boy Classic cartridge, this is not a bad little game. I have never owned this, but I have borrowed it long-term before and I can safely say it is more enjoyable than the Red and Blue versions with Pikachu following you around and an extra surf game on the beach somewhere.
When compared with the later Pokémon games, it's not brilliant, but when you have played on the later versions, it has a nice back-to-basics feel with only the original 150 (151) Pokémon.
When played on a colour console, it shows in colour, unlike the Red and Blue versions which show in red and blue respectively.
The game starts off in Pallet Town, just like in the Red and Blue versions. Professor Oak wants you to collect a parcel for him and in return he gives you a Pokémon (Pikachu) for you to keep.
This is like the previous Red and Blue versions, except you have no choice in the Pokémon, whereas in the other games you could choose from Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle.
Naturally, you still have a rival, but he takes the Pokémon that Oak offers you first: Eevee.
The game takes you - playing the role of a young boy named Ash (although you can name him whatever you want) - catching and battling Pokémon and collecting useful items along the way, such as TMs and HMs (technical machines and hidden machines used to teach your Pokémon moves), poké balls (used to catch Pokémon), Potions (used to restore 20 hit points) and many other items throughout the game.
There are two main aims of the game - to become the Pokémon Master and to catch all the Pokémon (the latter is a bit too difficult and can take ages. If you don't have a friend with the other games to trade with via the link cable, you can't catch them all).
Ash has to move through the towns in Kanto (the name of the fictional world/country), battling gym leaders (there's one in each town) and overcoming obstacles such as sleeping Snorlaxes and Team Rocket, not to mention the irritating rival, Gary (although he too can be named with whatever name you want).
In each town there is a Pokémon Centre used to fully heal your Pokémon and to use your PC to store and withdraw Pokémon and items and a Mart for buying various Pokémon items (e.g. poké balls and potions)
Also in found each town is a gym. These are for battling Pokémon in and they become progressively harder as you move through the game, as do the wild Pokémon (which makes you wonder about the unskilled, unequipped inhabitants of the towns!). Each gym specialises in a different type of Pokémon (for example Misty uses water Pokémon which should be a pushover for the electric Pikachu). After defeating a gym leader, you will be awarded a badge (e.g. the boulder badge for defeating Brock's rock Pokémon). Once all the gym leaders have been defeated, it is then time to test your Pokémon and your skill against the Elite Four.
The Elite Four are very difficult if you haven't trained enough and you've got to know what you're doing with the weaknesses and resistances of your Pokémon and theirs. The Elite Four, as their name suggests, consists of four Pokémon masters who each specialise in different types of Pokémon. You cannot heal your Pokémon between each master, except with the items you have with you, so be careful!
If you lose against the Elite Four, as with losing against any trainer, you black out, lose half your money and end up back at the last Pokémon centre you visited.
If you want to catch all the Pokémon, you don't have to own them all, but you do have to have owned them at one point, so if you trade with someone (using the link cable) and then trade back, the Pokémon you received and then gave back is added to your Pokédex (the device that records the Pokémon you have seen and caught/owned).
There are 151 Pokémon to catch altogether, but only 137 Pokémon can be found on Yellow. The remaining 14 can be found on Red and Blue and traded across to Yellow. All, that is, but one; Mew. Mew is pretty hard to get hold of because you need to transfer one across from the Nintendo 64, as far as I know, but seeing as not many people have one with the Pokémon game, it' a bit difficult to actually finish the game in this way.
Overall, this is a nice game with plenty to do on it. It is fairly varied although as with all the Pokémon games there are too many wild Pokémon in caves and long grass--unless you're trying to find one and then they seem to all but disappear.
The Pikachu following the protagonist around is a nice touch, especially as you can turn around and talk to it to see how it's feeling (it shows a picture of Pikachu's face to show you its mood).
The added surfing game is a small addition, but a fun, slightly addictive one. In this, Pikachu moves from left to right, or rather Pikachu stays in the middle of the screen while the sea moves from right to left. The aim is to get Pikachu to do flips and jump over the (rather odd looking) waves in order to earn points. The points don't really serve a purpose, except so that you can beat your high scores. The only problem is, I've forgotten how you get a surfing Pikachu...
There have since been Pokémon games for the Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance and now the Nintendo DS, but a lot of people still prefer the original games for their classic feel and for the original 151 Pokémon - as opposed to the ridiculous numbers in the modern versions.