Pokemon Blue Log #1: ‘ELLO PALLET TOWN!

I have serious issues staying committed to handheld games. No matter how great the game is, if it’s a handheld exclusive, the odds of me completing it are like 18%. I’d rather play something on a nice, big, BRIGHT television—which is why I thank God daily for the Super Game Boy. 

And thanks to the Super Game Boy I once made ample progress in Pokemon Blue, but I never finished the damn game.

It wasn't you, it was me...

I remember becoming frustrated with it because I couldn’t understand WHY my Charizard wouldn’t pay attention to me. ::sadface:: I also had this misconstrued thought that Pokemon Blue was a HUGE game—probably because the amount of catchable Pokemon appeared intimidating—aaand I thought I’d never finish, so I gave up. And was probably introduced to something shiny like Earthbound or Harvest Moon. 


Yesterday I started Pokemon Blue on Super Game Boy. And now that I’m older and, uh, wiser, I understand Pokemon Blue really isn’t that big of an undertaking. Now I’m hooked. ABSOLUTLEY hooked.  I think I spent a total of nearly five hours yesterday, and within that time I defeated two gym leaders and caught about 15 Pokemon. 

I’m telling you it has been a LONG time since I experienced nostalgia like that. From the opening theme to the battle music, I felt like every five minutes I was snapping photos and squealing over something or another. 

How can Pallet Town even be called a town? There's like, two houses. It should be Pallet Settlement.

I didn’t know this, but you can catch Pikachu in Viridian Forest–although they’re very rare. Since I never caught one in my prior play through I figured I’d give it some effort. And by some effort I mean I would wander around for over an hour.

Finally, after many Caterpies and Weedles…

WOOHOO! I caught that bitch! I planned on using him a lot during the game, but I quickly discovered he really ain’t all that and a bag of chips. Buuuut I knew I would need to level him for the battle with Misty–and while I was doing that I came across ANOTHER freakin’ Pikachu!

Speaking of…that battle with Misty was a BITCH! I ultimately defeated her, but only after I leveled Pikachu up to 20 and even that wasn’t enough. (I eventually had to put Charmeleon in!)

But yeah. It was a bitch.

At times, I became desperate.


After pwnin’g Misty (after she pwn’d me several times) I was mentally exhausted and had to turn Pokemon off. But I’m already thinking about playing it later today. I’m so friggen’ addicted. The next thing you know I’m going to be spending $400 on a sealed box of Red and Blue trading cards. 


On a final note, I’m really enjoying the simplicity. Playing an old school GameBoy game like Pokemon Blue is like a cleanse for the nerdy soul; everything is so cut and dry and what you see is what you get. There aren’t any future DLC packs to worry about, no patches to download and no updates to install everytime you turn on the system.





  1. When I was younger I did the Missingno cheat thingamabob on cinnebar island, it glitched out and I couldn’t save or anything. Went out and replaced it that day.

    Don’t use cheats kids. It’s bad for your cartridges.

    • MISSINGNO! I was just learned about that a few nights ago. I heard it can multiply your items in slot #6 or whatever, but I don’t want it to corrupt my ish.

      • I don’t even know what it did. Pokemon was the wild west back then, anything goes on the playground. Bad trade? Coldcock him. No good pokemon? destined to be alone.

  2. Between having never beat Ocarina of Time and never beat Pokemon Blue/Red/Yellow I think I have my priorities way out of line

  3. Try the “legit” mew thingy, all you need is fly/teleport and a hell lot of pokeballs and a pralisis or sleep inducer :)

  4. HOLYCRAP I seriously also just started playing this again maybe two weeks ago! Yes it is a fantastic game. Inventory system’s a pain though.

    And just stop it with the Pikachu hating. I’m about to go fight gym leader 5, and my Pikachu kicks ass! Just wait till your rival throws out a Pidgeotto, and then you’ll see what I mean. Also my Pikachu totally got me through the Misty fight on the first try. He is a tough little bastard.

    • Ha! That’s awesome! It must be the season of teh Pokemahnz!!!

      Okay, fine. I’ll give Pikachu another shot ;)

  5. THIS EXPLAINS the Pokemon on SNES Pic!!!

    Classic Pokemon Red and Blue, and for those who got into it Pokemon Green. Then the ever so TV inspired Pokemon Yellow.
    Will your Pikachu be enough for Serges Raichu?
    Oh you haven’t even gotten into Team Rockets Shenanigans.
    heh heh Monster Zero Glitch =P
    Nothing like lvl 120+ Glitched Mobs XD

  6. Nostalgia! Man, I need to pull out Red version and play it again! I also haven’t beaten my yellow version yet, it was tough way back when!

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