- Release date: 2/27/2016
- Developer: GAME FREAK Inc.
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Genre: RPG
- Content rating: ESRB E
- Features: 1 player
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Pokémon Blue Version
GAME FREAK Inc.
Nintendo Game Review - Pokémon Blue Version
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Pokémon Blue Version was released for Nintendo 3DS in February 2016 as a celebration of the original edition’s 20th anniversary. Game Freak Inc. developed the game, and Nintendo published it.
The game was released as an exact graphics replica of the 1996 edition. It was meant to maintain the retro look and feel that made it so wildly popular back then. Pokémon Blue Version features dull and monotonous monochromatic black and white images. The characters and background are also highly pixelated. The only good thing about this particular edition is the great framerate that eliminates motion delays and glitches.
Pokémon Blue Version is a role-playing game. It is set in the Kanto region of Japan and follows the adventures of a Pokémon trainer that you get to control. You start out with one Pokémon and gather hit and EXP (experience) points that allow you to unlock new abilities for your existent trainee.
The aim is to find and train as many Pokémon as you can. There are 150 of these with different traits and abilities for you to explore. On your journey through the region, you will also come across hostile Pokémon, rival trainers and members of the villainous Team Rocket. These encounters launch the turn-based game view for combat mode. Here you have numerous fight sequences to choose from.
Unfortunately, the version released for the Nintendo 3DS is only available in single-player mode. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun with your friends. Simply connect wirelessly and trade your Pokémon for a more exciting gaming experience.
The Nintendo 3DS controller makes it a lot easier and more precise to direct the trainer’s activities. The accuracy is especially important when throwing the Pokéball to capture new Pokémon. The controls will keep you very active and engaged. They also ensure that you truly get to enjoy all the efficiency and convenience that the console has to offer. That way, whether you are training or fighting, you will have a wonderful time playing Pokémon Blue Version.
Replay Value: 5.0
Pokémon Blue Version has excellent replay value. One reason for this is the numerous Pokémon characters you have to choose from. Each fight experience with these is different, and you will have a lot of fun trying them out.
The points system also increases replayability as you can try again to improve your score by applying better strategies. Finally, the presence of unlockables including Pokémon and game levels also contribute to the high replay value.
This classic without a doubt deserved a reboot. It gives both old and young Pokémon fans a chance to revisit the game’s roots. The simple yet engaging gameplay is arguably the best thing about this release. It will have you thinking and acting like an actual trainer working to get your Pokémon in shape, protecting them and finding new buddies. You also have fun trades to look forward to with your fellow Pokémon enthusiasts.
If you do not mind the black and white pixelated visuals, this old-school game is something you will without a doubt enjoy.
Pros : Great gameplay.
Numerous Pokémon to collect.
Cons : Lowquality graphics.
Replay Value 5.0