What a Malaysian to-be Pokémon trainer can do until the app launches?
Everyone is talking about it. Fans can’t wait to get their hands on the app. A handful lucky ones have had a go at it, and went absolutely berserk ‘capturing’ the adorable little creatures and playing Pokémon Trainer for a day.
We are referring to Pokémon Go, a free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game . While Southeast Asian Pokémon fans wait with bated breath for the app to be available, let’s take a walk down nostalgia lane on how far Pokémon has evolved as a role-playing game.
It began when Nintendo launched the first Game Boy for Pokémon in 1996 (Red and Green), sending Pokémon warriors into a frenzy. The black-and-white gameplay took much of our childhood. Back then, this Game Boy was a much-desired item for the 90s kid who loved Pokémon.
The next best thing: Nintendo 3DS
20 years later, the Nintendo 3DS Handheld Pokémon 20th Anniversary Edition came pre-loaded with the much loved game that started it all – the Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version. It even came with matching cover plates, featuring Charizard and Blastoise. This 3DS Pokémon bundle should tide eager Trainers until Pokémon Go makes its way to Malaysian shore.
Collect, trade and fight
In fact, Game Boy was not the only outlet for fans to live out their fantasies of being Pokémon masters. Nifty Nintendo also came out with collectible game cards, something that 90s kids in Malaysia would have surely splurged their school allowances on. Schoolyards back then turned into marketplaces to trade rare and desirable Pokémon cards. It was the sheer excitement of the unknown – buying a deck of collectibles, not knowing what to expect and trading collectibles with friends.
Today, grown up 90s kids can relive the good old card trading days with these Pokémon TCG: XY Primal Clash Theme Card Deck, and be transported back to a time where owning the rarest of them cards was a novelty. Get reacquainted with Pokémon characters, to be armed and ready when Pokémon Go becomes available.
Pikachu, I choose you!
One of the more famous species of Pokémon, Pikachu appeared in a series of video games, animated TV shows and movies, and even trading card games and comic books. With Pokémon Go, diehard fans should probably introduce the adorable Pikachu to their peers through this Poké Ball replica, or other Pokémon-related items that Nintendo has developed. This way, you can share the love and go creature hunting with your non- Pokémon friends.
Admittedly, Pokémon was an absolute must-have for every 90s kid, but behind this simple game, it gave with it a set of skillsets not many other games offered, namely strategizing to win battles, dealing with losses, navigating risks, negotiating for trade-offs, and fostering friendships. The concept of Pokémon cards was simple, and its interface on Nintendo Game Boy predominantly 2D and simple, as compared to Pokémon Go, which became a world-wide phenomenon.
Gotta Catch ‘Em All
Pokémon Go uses the latest technology and it is at the forefront of augmented reality games. But while waiting for the future to come, relive the anticipation with old-school Pokémon games and memorabilia. Your days of becoming a full-fledge Trainer will soon come. Discover more Pokémon and other childhood favourite games at affordable price on 11street (www.11street.my).