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.

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!

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!

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!

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!

This kid is a loser!

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

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!

“Pluspower” you say? 

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


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!

9 thoughts on “First Impressions: Pokémon Trading Card Game!

  1. That’s too bad that this Pokemon game wouldn’t save!! How frustrating that would be to start over every time!! But it’s old and yes, from a flea market.. ha ha.. It looks like something my youngest kid might like playing.. He is all Pokemon these days… LOL.

    1. I know, I’m so bummed! I am definitely considered getting it from the eShop because there is no way I will restart every time. Ah well. That’s neat that your youngest son likes Pokemon… I bet he is excited that new Pokemon games are coming out soon! 🙂

  2. Yes, Pokemon is always coming out with new games. My youngest kid wants every one of them of course! ha ha.. There is a new one coming out in December I think Pokemon Sun and Moon. He talks all the time about wanting that one.. Too bad December is still quite far away right now. But I’m sure it will make a nice Christmas present when it gets here. 🙂

    1. lol I’m sure he does want all the Pokemon games!! They come out with so many of them, I have a hard time keeping up with them. You’re right, Sun and Moon are coming out in a few months! I’m sure he can hardly wait! 🙂

      1. Yeah, right now he wants the Pokemon Go that just came out… Gosh, I cannot believe how popular that game is.. hahaha.. wow. The thing is though.. We do not have a device that would do Pokemon Go… but even my husband wants to play it because he wants to use it as a teaching project at his high school for his students, so we actually might decide to look into that more in the near future. Are you interested in Pokemon Go? But, yes, he (my 9 yr old son) is counting the days until the Pokemon Sun and Moon come out. 🙂

      2. I know, the popularity of Pokemon Go is CRAZY right now! I think it seems like a really fun game, but I don’t think I’ll play it. I don’t really feel like having to go all around town to catch Pokemon and have to stop at certain places to get more PokeBalls! Maybe I’m just lazy LOL. I dunno, I might still download it, ya never know. That’s neat that your husband wants to use it as a teaching project! I’m sure his students would enjoy that.

      3. Pokemon Go is becoming crazy here with everyone it seems!! I had no idea that it would be that popular. People will go anywhere just to catch their pokemon. It’s crazy. And some people will spend their last cent on gas for their car to go Pokemon hunting here. I’m not in a hurry to play it either… Maybe when the popularity dies down, I will think about playing it.. and if we ever decide to get a real cell phone plan.. ha ha ha.

      4. I didn’t know it would be that popular either! Even people that I know that have never played a Pokemon game in their life are playing it! My husband actually downloaded it and I gotta admit, it’s pretty cute. I will probably download it on my phone as well. I’m not gonna go out of my way to catch something, but it’s still interesting to see what pops up!

      5. Pokemon has gotten out of control here!! Seriously!! People are running into things because they are so busy staring at their phones.. crazy. Oh, I have to send you an image I found earlier about Pokemon Go! You might find it hilarious!! Maybe, maybe not? LOL. My husband and kids thought it hilarious!! I’ll send it to you through email!! I would like to see it too even tho people are stupid crazy with it here. Maybe people in Florida are smarter than us Kansas peeps!! LOL. But here, the teenagers and adults are so into the game that they don’t pay attention to what’s around them. However, that doesn’t make me not want to play it. I still wouldn’t mind trying to catch a Pokemon!! I just don’t want it to be all I care about!! LOL.

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