I used to get so excited looking at walkthroughs… you know the pictures of the entire areas with the items and everything?
and reading ahead, seeing what you would encounter, like say, the parts of Yellow where you could get the Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle, ahhhh…
I was playing Blue (was always a Red player in the past) on my phone, but stopped at the Elite Four because I thought it might be an idea to send my guys off to the Crystal game I’d started in order to boost them up, because they weren’t even level 50 yet.
I gave them all nicknames, so I’ll have to point out which ones are which.
Bulbasaur, Kadabra, Jolteon, Squirtle, Geodude, Charmander. I, uh… I did a bit of trading as early as possible. <3 multiple save states.
first time I ever played Red, I basically just had my Blastoise, plus a Rapidash I’d caught, Zapdos and Articuno… who else? hmm. I think I had a Primeape, and maybe a Vileplume?
I don’t think I had all six first time, though… I might have just used old Bubbles (R.I.P. ) and bought loads of Hyper Potions and Full Heals.