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Pokemon Red

video game review video game review video game review Video Game Review: Pokemon Red Publisher: Nintendo
Category: Role-Playing, Pokemon
Platform: Game Boy
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: September 1999

Overall Rating: 3 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
3 Stars out of 4

This is the game that killed the Beanie Babies. Now America's youth is obsessed with Pikachu, the cute yellow Pokemon with special lightning powers. The only difference between Pokemon and old-school RPG's is that characters can morph into new characters after enough experience points. Like the guardian forces in Final Fantasy 8, once you capture a Pokemon, you train it by battling other Pokemon for experience points. You yourself can't die; only your Pokemon can die. Catching Pokemon is a lot of fun, even if the game is simplistic. Parents should not be concerned about Pokemon mania. This game actually teaches valuable management skills to children and creates an in-depth social experience as players can actually trade Pokemon electronically. I am quite impressed that 5 year-olds are able to master a game like this. A perfect mix of action and Academy Award-winning character development, Pokemon is a great game for the 12 and under crowd, and even older folks, too.

Players who own the Blue cartridge can only trade Pokemon with owners of the Red cartridge, and vice versa. Trading is possible only with the Game Link cable.

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