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Play the first generation(Red, Blue or Yellow).You cant go wrong with it.It is the best pokemon in my opinion.Sure, the graphics are obviously extremely dated, but if you can get through that, it is the best pokemon



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Einsam_Delphin said:

New Super Mario Bros. is basically Super Mario Bros. but with different level designs, mechanics, and power-ups, so it's more different than it is better, presentation aside, allowing the original to still be appreciated as the things unique about it have held up.

Pokemon X/Y is basically Pokemon Red/Blue but better in literally everyway. More Pokemon, more features, more gameplay depth. Outside of nostalgia there's very little reason to play a lesser version of Pokemon.

You just contradicted yourself.

X & Y are basically Red & Blue but with different level designs, mechanics, and "power-ups". Yes, they are much better, but are still different games. You should have compared Red & Blue to their GBA remakes.

@OP though, if you really want to start off from the beginning to get a feel for how the franchise evolved, I'd recommend playing either Red or Blue, and then Gold or Silver. Which ones you choose, I guess it just depends on your tastes. I would post a list of the exclusive Pokémon of each version, but if you've never been into the franchise I don't think you'll have too much of a feel for any of the Pokémon so instead of it helping on your decision, it's only going to ruin a bit of the surprise of seeing Pokémon you didn't know.

I guess in the end, for a first-timer, it doesn't really matter which version you pick - just don't play both, since they're parallel versions for a reason (they're the same game). So, as I said, play Red or Blue, and then Gold or Silver. From then on, I wouldn't bother playing the other generations in order.

Edit: and about the Red & Blue hate, don't mind it. Red & Blue are still solid enough games and I'm sure you can find enjoyment in them - it's just that us Pokémon fans know that later games completely overshadowed the originals.



Just make sure you don't miss any. All of the gens are really fantastic, with gen 5 having the best story. (Especially since BW2 are continuations)

Highly recommend that gen.



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mZuzek said:
Einsam_Delphin said:

New Super Mario Bros. is basically Super Mario Bros. but with different level designs, mechanics, and power-ups, so it's more different than it is better, presentation aside, allowing the original to still be appreciated as the things unique about it have held up.

Pokemon X/Y is basically Pokemon Red/Blue but better in literally everyway. More Pokemon, more features, more gameplay depth. Outside of nostalgia there's very little reason to play a lesser version of Pokemon.

You just contradicted yourself.

X & Y are basically Red & Blue but with different level designs, mechanics, and "power-ups". Yes, they are much better, but are still different games. You should have compared Red & Blue to their GBA remakes.

@OP though, if you really want to start off from the beginning to get a feel for how the franchise evolved, I'd recommend playing either Red or Blue, and then Gold or Silver. Which ones you choose, I guess it just depends on your tastes. I would post a list of the exclusive Pokémon of each version, but if you've never been into the franchise I don't think you'll have too much of a feel for any of the Pokémon so instead of it helping on your decision, it's only going to ruin a bit of the surprise of seeing Pokémon you didn't know.

I guess in the end, for a first-timer, it doesn't really matter which version you pick - just don't play both, since they're parallel versions for a reason (they're the same game). So, as I said, play Red or Blue, and then Gold or Silver. From then on, I wouldn't bother playing the other generations in order.

Edit: and about the Red & Blue hate, don't mind it. Red & Blue are still solid enough games and I'm sure you can find enjoyment in them - it's just that us Pokémon fans know that later games completely overshadowed the originals.

Yes they're different games, but in Pokemon's case they're different mainly because they're objectively better/worse. 



I liked Heart Gold/Soul Silver the most. The gameplay is a bit slow IMO, but the actual amount content is incredible. If you don't get bored of the gameplay you can spend 100+ hours on this one.

I liked X and Y as well...and I think a lot of the gameplay issues I had with the older games have been resolved in those titles.

I've noticed you enjoy retro games...so if you want to enjoy Pokemon in its original form...waiting for Red/Blue/Yellow on the 3DS might be worthwhile. I just believe those games to be very dated now...as others have said. I think Heart Gold/Soul Silver will be your best choice for that reason anyway...since they're actually remakes of the 2nd generation games, which themselves made tons of improvements over the 1st generation.



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Start from Yellow, Gen 1 to 4 always pick the third version.
Yellow, Crystal, Emerald and Platinum.



Why play Pokemon when there's the vastly improved, mature, Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth? You missed Pokemon when it came out back then? Well, Cyber Sleuth was made to cater to the older fans when Digimon started back then with a mature Digimon game, and actually delivers on the word "mature," unlike Pokemon(specifically, Black/White).

I recommend starting in order of release....or just start with X/Y.



BraLoD said:
Start from Yellow, Gen 1 to 4 always pick the third version.
Yellow, Crystal, Emerald and Platinum.

I like Red/Blue and Gold/Silver a lot more than Yellow and Crystal. I guess I might be alone on this, but I really think they're the better choices, especially if they're being played for the first time.

Emerald and Platinum though, are obviously a lot better than their paired counterparts.



AlfredoTurkey said:

Man, not much love for the original, non-remade versions of Red and Blue. I didn't expect that. Usually, games as beloved as Pokemon (Mario, Zelda etc), their first games are cherished as classics. I guess the first Pokemon games were popular because the basic concept was just totally fresh and interesting? Are those of you who think they suck, are you guys old enough to have played the original FIRST? Because if not, that might be why there's so much backlash against them. 

Einsam_Delphin said:
If you absolutely must play the originals, then yeah it's better to start with them as once you play the newer games you'll realize how terrible Red & Blue are.

Well, that was the plan. I don't know how else I'd appreciate the improvments if I never played the original games. Although, again, I don't know how a game that was so beloved could be "terrible". People don't think the first Mario is terrible. This whole thing seems odd to me.

I've been there from the start, and it's the truth: the orginal games didn't age so great.

Between the endless battles that happened if you made the mistake of clicking "Rage" against a ghost type,  the skipped moves if you over leveled a Poke, to the extreme balance issues against the Psychic type, Gen I had loads of issues that make it borderline unplayable now, especially when compared to the newer games in the series. 

Thankfully, it was all fixed in pkmn Gold and Silver, and I think that's by a mile one of the best ones in the series and layed the template for what many newer fans still like about the series today.

And it's not like this is the only series that suffers from aging poorly btw. Try playing GTAIII vs even any game in the series. You'll almost wonder how anyone even played through that game in 2001.



I think those that don't hold the originals as the best pokemon games in the franchise were too young to ever experience it. They were probably exposed to the later generations first.

The originals are by far the best and the most charming. Gold & Silver are amazing as well basically an upgraded version of the originals plus 100 more pokemon. Ruby & Sapphire were good as well. Then the franchise began to get a bit stale.

X & Y definitely pumped some much needed life into the franchise. Such a great instalment in the series.

But yeah playing the originals (Red/Blue/Yellow) and watching the anime...what a time to be a kid back in the day!