It’s been 16 years since the Pokemon games were first released outside of Japan (where the games are almost 19 years old!) During that time, several generations have been created and new features introduced, though the classic core structure has remained the same. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the evolution of the Pokemon game series since they first made their way around the world.
Red And Blue
Ah, the classics. While it’s hard to point out new features to the first games of a series, it’s certainly easy to see where a lot of the core gameplay originates from. Besides introducing us to the first 151 Pokemon, Red and Blue created the blueprints for all future releases. You receive a starter Pokemon and the Pokedex, beginning your quest to capture various Pokemon. Along the way, you defeat 8 Gym Leaders, an evil team, your omnipresent rival, and the Elite Four to become the Champion. This basic format has been consistently built upon over the years.
Yellow introduced a few new features that made it stand out from Red and Blue. Your starter was Pikachu, though you were able to obtain the other starters as part of the story. Pikachu follows behind you and even shows the early signs of the Happiness system used in later games. Pokemon now had colored sprites, and a unique color palette was given to each town and city. It was also the first to have a mini-game outside of the Game Corner, assuming you taught your Pikachu the move Surf in Pokemon Stadium.