First Impressions: Pokémon Trading Card Game!

Like I said I would do, I spent the last 3 days playing Pokémon Trading Card Game for the Game Boy Color for the first time! Here are my impressions of the game, day by day.

Day 1:

I started playing the game after buying it several years ago at a flea market and then never playing it! It took me a few tries to even get the cartridge to work in my Game Boy Advance SP, which concerned me a little bit. I was gonna be pissed if I bought the game in bad working condition! It’s not like I could return the game because 1. it’s been years since I bought it and 2. the flea market I bought it from doesn’t even exist anymore!

Anyway! When it finally started working, I was greeted by a cheerful title screen that made me excited to start playing.

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Let’s get started!

I started a new game and put my name in. My avatar did not change, so I suspected I was a boy. This was confirmed when Dr. Mason (some so-called trading card expert who really just seemed like a sarcastic asshole) told some dude named Sam to do a practice duel “with him.” Meaning me. I’m NOT a boy! Oh well.

Before the duel, I read through a shitload of rules that I half understood. Dr. Mason orchestrated my every move, but it did help me understand the game a little better.

Here’s a few screenshots of my very first duel. Go me!

After I won, I got to choose my deck. Of course, I chose the Squirtle & Friends deck. Squirtle 4eva!! 😉

I “wrote in my diary,” which means I saved, then quit the game. Aannndd…. once I turned the game back on, my file wasn’t there. Fuck the shitty save batteries in these old games!!

Day 2:

Despite the fact that my lousy game didn’t save, I decided to give it another go. I played through what I did yesterday- played a practice duel, chose the Squirtle & Friends deck- then I explored Dr. Mason’s laboratory a bit. I used the computer to check my e-mail and found that Dr. Mason sent me a booster pack- how nice of him!

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Hopefully there’s some good cards in there!

Afterwards, I spent some time running around the lab, talking to everyone. Most of the guys in there were talking about shit I have absolutely no clue about (such as building and modifying decks), but oh well. One guy, Aaron, wanted to challenge me, so I took him up on his offer.

What a long battle! I had to knock out four of his Pokémon, and it seemed like it took forever. I won, though, and I got a bunch of energy cards as a prize.

Since the battles are lengthy, I decided to call it quits for the night. I saved, and when I exited the game, I got excited because my game was still there!

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Will my game stay saved this time?!

…then I turned the Game Boy off and back on. Do you think my game was still there? NOPE! FUCK YOU!

Day 3

I decided to give this game one more go, even though I knew my efforts were futile. I went through all the same shit AGAIN, then decided to do a little exploring outside the lab.

Apparently, there are 8 different Pokémon clubs. You can win medals in each of the clubs, then you can face off against some legendary card master or some bullshit like that (it was explained to me 3 times, I just stopped listening!). Yippee!

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Hmm, which Club to choose?

Well, since I picked Squirtle & Friends as my first deck, I visited the Water Club. There, I ran into some little shit named Ronald, who basically told me I would never be up to his skill level. I would have punched him if I could!

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This kid is a loser!

Anyway. The Water Club has a very relaxing atmosphere, complete with an indoor swimming pool!

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What a nice little place! I tried to jump in the pool, but the game wouldn’t let me.

I challenged a girl named Amanda, and I kicked her ass. I received a couple booster packs as a prize. In one of them was the Flame Pokémon Moltres, which is pretty cool.

Um, I also got this… lovely looking booster card. They say it’s a “pluspower” card, but it looks suspiciously phallic to me! 😉 It probably doesn’t help that I have a very dirty mind as it is!

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“Pluspower” you say? 

Haha! After all that excitement, I ran around and talked to a few other people, then quit my game. 

Conclusion

It’s a shame that the game battery is toast in this game, because I actually quite enjoyed it. There is a little bit of a learning curve, but it’s actually pretty fun. I feel like it would probably take A LOT of time to build a deck strong enough to win the entire game, but it would be fun to work towards. You never know, I may end up downloading this game on Virtual Console!