How I got back into playing Pokémon
Recently, I decided to start playing Pokémon again. I don't really recall what triggered it, but I remember I was just in the bus one day, heading home from work, and I suddenly thought "Hmm, I haven't played Pokémon in ages! Let's download a Gameboy emulator on my phone and replay Pokémon Red".
As I played it, I recalled how much fun it was, and when I got home, I wondered if the new Pokémon games were any good. The latest Pokémon game I had played at the time was Pokémon Sapphire, which I played around 2008 - 2010 probably, and which I really enjoyed. And I had briefly played Pokémon Go when it came out in 2016, but it didn't have as many features back then, so I didn't play it too long.
So I checked online, and found that the latest version of Pokémon was Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, released on November 2017. So here was a really recent Pokémon game, not even one year old yet.
I went ahead and downloaded an emulator for the 3DS and started playing Ultra Sun on it. I don't have a very powerful PC, so the frame rate of the game was atrocious! 1 minute cutscenes would take more than 3 minutes to play out, but I was absolutely loving the animations and that the game was 3D! It's come such a long way from what it was back on the Gameboy!
On the emulator, the gameplay stuttered, but I was so mesmerized by it that I played anyway, and eventually I got to the point where I could pick my starter Pokémon (It took waaay too long on my non-gaming PC). As usual, the choice was between a Grass Pokémon, a Fire Pokémon, and a water Pokémon. I've always picked the Water Pokémon as my starter in every Pokémon game I've played (Squirtle in Pokémon Red, Totodile in Gold, and Mudkip in Sapphire), but in Ultra Sun, the Fire Pokémon is Litten, which is such an adorable cat! And so for the first time, I picked a Fire Pokémon as my starter.
And then once I'd made my choice, the following cutscene played:
This scene totally stole my heart
This isn't my character or a recording of my gameplay, by the way. I took it from this Youtube video
And that is the exact moment I decided that I need to buy a Nintendo 3DS so I could play this game properly. And I did just that the very same weekend. Went out and bought myself a Nintendo New 3DS XL, a copy of Pokémon Ultra Sun, and that's how it all started.
Well, at least, that's how I started getting back to Pokémon. It all really started when I was around 10 years old and my parents got me a Gameboy Pocket with Pokémon Red. And I guess I've always liked Pokémon since then.