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Nintendo Game Boy Advance Pokémon FireRed

handheld video game

"Gotta catch ‘em all!" First issued by Nintendo in 1996, this challenge sparked a Pokémon craze that led to a successful television series, trading card game, and full-length movie. Since its initial release, Pokémon has become the second best selling video game franchise worldwide, and the best selling role-playing video game (RPG) of all time. Nintendo released the first Pokémon games for the Game Boy in Japan as "Pocket Monsters: Red & Green." After proving successful, the games came to North America in 1998 as "Pokémon Red" and "Pokémon Blue." The games provide a simple premise: A single player travels and catches Pokémon while fighting other trainers and their teams of monsters. The player’s ultimate goal involves winning Pokémon battles against eight Gym Leaders and entering the Pokémon League to battle the Elite Four, while simultaneously completing one’s Pokédex, which contains a record of all known Pokémon. Although it is a single-player game, players have the opportunity to trade or battle Pokémon with other Game Boys via a Game Link Cable. Even though Peter Bartholow, a Gamespot critic, described the graphics and audio of the original Pokémon games as "somewhat primitive," other critics praised the games for their innovativeness, as well their promotion of imagination and creativity among the children playing them. Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokémon, modeled the monsters after the insects that he collected as a child. He did this to provide a new generation of children with the opportunity to collect insects and creatures while stimulating their sense of exploration and ingenuity. After Pokémon "Red" and "Blue" proved successful in the United States, Nintendo continued to release new and updated versions of the game. The company published "Pokémon Gold" and "Pokémon Silver" in 2000, and in 2003, Nintendo released "Pokémon Ruby" and "Pokémon Sapphire," which were the first games intended for the Game Boy Advance. In 2004, Nintendo published updates of the classic "Red" and "Blue" versions of the game, entitled "Pokémon FireRed" and "Pokémon LeafGreen." These games, also played on the Game Boy Advance, included many new features including Pokémon from later generations, as well as enhanced graphics. Critics and players alike enjoyed the games, and they sold a combined one million copies within the first month of their release. In 1999, Pokémon appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in a story titled "Beware of the Pokémania." The so-called "Pokémania" was sweeping the nation via trading cards, a television series, toys, websites, and the original Game Boy games. By 1998, "Pokémon Red" and "Pokémon Blue" sold a combined 9.85 million copies in the United States and spawned many sequels. It is evident that even decades later, the "Pokémon flu" that struck America’s children with the release of the first games has still not subsided.

  • Manufacturer: Nintendo
  • Material: plastic | printed paper
  • Origin: Japan
  • Object ID: 111.3753
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