21 things you’ll only understand if you played the original Pokemon Game Boy games

Red or Blue? How can you catch Mew? The trials and tribulations only people who played the games went through

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And then, eventually, Yellow too.

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Squirtle, Charmander or Bulbasaur?

Your choice said a LOT about you – and really had an impact on how you’d fare in your first gym battle.

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Could you beat Brock’s rocks with anything other than a water Pokemon?

And why wasn’t he your pal like he was in the TV series?

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Why did they have to put Mount Moon at a point in the game where you hadn’t been allowed the opportunity to buy any Repel?

D’oh.

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Oh, thought you’d beaten that gym leader, did you?

Thought you’d get a badge, did you?

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WHY WOULD YOU MISS? WHY?

And what on earth was Focus Energy even supposed to do?

Or Rage?

There was nothing more frustrating than having your Pokemon be put to sleep, then take another move to wake up, only to be put to sleep by Jigglypuff again.

It was well worth chasing down that Master Ball after all.

Everyone had their own ideas, including flying back and forth to Cerulean City, turning three times on the spot, flying to Viridian City, getting lost in the Safari Zone and heading to Lavender Town to stand on your head.

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One player had a highly sought after Pokemon (Mew) and the other offered up a less desirable one, like a Level 2 Zubat who accosted you in a cave.

The players linked their Game Boys using a link cable and entered the trade. The first player (Mew’s owner) would then turn off their console or pull the link cable out while the ‘waiting’ message flashed up on screen. Meanwhile, the second player would hold on until ‘trade completed’ appeared.

If all went to plan, you’d both have Mew. And little Zubat would disappear into the ether.

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Who’s the greatest master now, eh guys?

Nobody liked Gary.

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Abra was such an awful pain in the behind, teleporting before you could try and catch it again.

Don’t even get us started on Kangaskhan in the Safari Zone…

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WHY CAN’T I RUN? WHY?

You could return home to Pallet Town a hero.

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