Pokémon Red (GBO) vs. Pokémon Ruby (GBA)
For those of you who have never played Pokémon (Cthulhu forbid), it’s a game where you play as a little boy who just got his Pokémon training license. You are trying to catch every Pokémon, and then train them to compete against gym leaders and an elite team of trainers. Pokémon are these little creatures that inhabit the world, and they’ll randomly attack you when you’re fishing or walking through the grass. Then, you either fight the Pokémon until they faint and get experience for it, or fight it until it weakens and throw a Poké Ball ( a device used to capture a Pokémon) at it to make it yours.
In Pokémon Red, one of the games in the first series of Pokémon, you play as a character called Red (if you follow the storyline of all the games) or a character named Ash (if you follow the storyline of the TV series). Or you can name him whatever you danged well please. You have a rival who you name Blue, Gary, or whatever you want, respectively. You then start the game and pick a Pokémon. If you pick the water Pokémon (Squirtle), your rival will pick the grass (Bulbasaur). If you pick the grass, he will pick the fire (Charmander). If you pick the fire, he will pick the water. In short, he will always have some kind of a natural advantage over you. There are 150 Pokémon in this game, starting with Bulbasaur (#1) and going all the way up to Mewtwo (#150). I know each and every one. There is also a 151st Pokémon, however there are only a few ways to catch it. It was rumored that if you used Surfed off of a dock before a ship left and pushed a truck with a Machoke, this Pokémon would be under there. Not true. The only ways to catch this Pokémon are to use GameShark to generate one, or to have won one in a competition in New York City. This Pokémon was Mew. This game had an awesome storyline, awesome characters, and a kick-ass world layout.
Then, two series later, Pokémon Ruby came out. With 200 more Pokémon than the first, and 100 more than the second, it is seriously hard to remember all those weird fake Japanese names and their numbers. This time your rival pulls the same trick with the three types of starting Pokémon. However, your rival is actually more of a friend in this game who likes to pull you into unavoidable, painfully-tough battles. One of the best features of all the Pokémon games is the ability to trade between versions. No such luck this time, though. There’s no time capsule here to let you trade outside of the Ruby/Sapphire boundary. The storyline is much longer, and slightly more interesting at first, but after a while, it begins to get really, really, really boring. Sure, they’ve added features like two-person duels and hideouts and such, but they seem to pull the same tricks as they did in the last two games. They haven’t added that many new features and the such to this game to keep me hooked. Eventually, I say “Hey, isn’t this the same thing you pulled in the other four games”, and I suddenly realize that it is. This game does, however, get my vote for kick-ass music. It’s like techno remixes of all the old game’s music!
These games are pretty much tied in everything, except one category. Pokémon Red gets my vote for nostalgia. Every time I turn that game on, it brings back some kick-ass memories of when I first started playing, all my times trying to figure out how to get all the rumored “PokéGods”, the supposed “Pikablu”, and all the other fun crap. It also gets another vote because 151 is the perfect number for an amount of Pokémon. Not 251, and certainly not 351.
Winner: Pokémon Red