Pokémon FireRed was released on the Game Boy Advance in 2004 and was actually a remake of the original Pokémon Red and Blue that were released the better part of a decade earlier. This remake had the hard task of having to follow Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire which was no mean feat. Still, enough time had passed that those who played the original Pokémon games were getting old enough to have a bit of nostalgia.
Pokémon FireRed is set in the Kanto region which if I am being honest is probably my most memorable region when it comes to Pokémon games. As this is a remake of the first game, it is hard to criticize the story here as it was the one that really started it all. You are a young child who meets Professor Oak and sets out on a journey to become the very best.
It is a pretty charming story and features many cool things such as Team Rocket. You will be exploring all kinds of areas and coming across some pretty interesting folks on your travels. I think that the story works quite well in that it is very nostalgic for those who played it on the original Game Boy. At the same time those who missed out back in 1996, can see how this Pokémon craze really started. They did add in some cool stuff like running shoes, a female hero and rival not to mention plenty of new moves for your Pokémon to do.
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You need to pick your starter Pokémon from Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander. I have and always will be a Charmander man by the way. You then need to train your Pokémon, capture new ones and level them up so that they are fit for battle. Pokémon FireRed does not screw around and I forgot how difficult the first Pokémon game was. I found the gym leaders here far more challenging than in the other Game Boy Advance Pokémon games.This difficulty may take a while to get used to, but it just forces you to be a better trainer and to go and grind and make your Pokémon stronger. The game is rather basic in comparison to the four other Pokémon games on the Game Boy Advance that came before so I would have really liked to have seen them add in the contests here.
Kanto Looks Pretty
This is a remake of a game from 1996 that was on the original Game Boy and I think they did a pretty solid job in terms of the game’s presentation. I will say that it does not look as good as Ruby and Sapphire, but it is as you would expect a leap from Pokémon Red on the original Game Boy.
Things just have a bit more polish to them and while a little on the basic side, I must admit that I do like this as it gives the game a bit of an old school charm when in comparison to the other Pokémon Game Boy Advance games.
For those who played the original Pokémon games on the Game Boy. Pokémon FireRed for the Game Boy Advance is a great trip down memory lane. It may play it pretty safe in terms of “new features”, but I think that this is a solid remake and probably the best way you can experience the original Pokémon games.
- The three starter Pokémon are real classics!
- Kanto is an awesome place to explore
- Professor Oak and Team Rocket!
- Lots of iconic Pokémon to find and capture
- It is one heck of a challenge!
- The presentation may be a bit lacking for some
- The AI does not hold back!