Day 31: Fave Pokemon Game - Pokémon Emerald
I love the pokemon series dearly, hence why I made this challenge in the first place, and I’ve played so many of its games. I’ve played Red, Blue, Yellow, Silver, Emerald, Diamond, White, X, even the side games like Snap and Stadium. I enjoyed Red, which was the first game of the series I ever got, and I chose Charmander, I still remember how exciting it was. Some reason, I didn’t keep up with the series after the 6th grade, so I didn’t play Silver until years later on emulator. But really the pokemon game I remember most fondly, is/was Emerald.
I played Emerald for my first time in 2006, so a few years after it actually came out. And I played it on an emulator. I had gone up to Virginia to live with my best friend and his family for a month as a high school graduation vacation. They had this tiny apartment and it was in the middle of the mountains so you had to drive to get anywhere and I couldn’t drive. So when I was unable to go anywhere or do anything, I played Emerald which I had found on their computer.
I just remember, not five minutes into playing, feeling that super excited burst of nostalgia. Emerald is also my favourite gemstone so it was a perfect match. The game also was the third in its generation, which meant it allowed for improvements that Ruby and Sapphire of course didn’t have. Emerald also had Rayquaza who is just freakin’ awesome. And the plot was excellent with the two opposing teams and it included awesome characters. Literally, there is nothing I dislike about Emerald, well except that you can’t get a Masquerain unless you trade and sadly I couldn’t do that on an emulated version. But overall, Emerald just brought back every good and wonderful feeling I had when I first discovered pokemon and boosted that love by all the nice innovations, fine-tuned story aspects, and character/pokemon developments.
By the way, keep your eyes peeled for my Final Summary post of my Great Pokemon Challenge that I’ll be doing tomorrow. Hard to believe I’ve done this a whole month.