Pokemon was rad.
Get past the initial hurdle of realizing that the core concept is
enslaving catching wild animals Pokemon and forcing training them to fight other Pokemon, and you've got a straight-up epic game system that spawned seven generations of game titles and a bunch of anime shows.
It's been twenty years since the release of the genre-defining original Pokemon Red & Blue and Nintendo celebrated with an invitation to share stories from folks' first encounters with Pikachu and What Have You.
Happy #PokemonDay! Pokémon Red Version & Pokémon Blue Version launched in Japan today, way back in 1996! To celebrate, we’re asking everyone to share your favorite moment from the Pokémon video game series. Let us know by using #PokemonDay & we may RT you! https://t.co/cnVUy9g1c3 pic.twitter.com/Oq2xLxYnmD— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 27, 2018
Those of us that grew up on the furious deployment of Ultra Balls and TMs and Rare Candy leapt to respond.
My favorite moment from the Pokemon video games was in the Red & Blue... After defeating the Elite Four, getting through the cave near the end and finding Mewtwo to battle and catch him! 😀— RebelTom (@TheRebelTom) February 27, 2018
It was so epic and I think everyone saved their master ball for him.#PokemonDay pic.twitter.com/wofUzPrp0i
There was always that one that got away.
So many different islands to explore.
My favorite moment from the Pokémon video game series is definitely experiencing Pokémon BW for the first time. Everything from trying out the new features to meeting all the wonderful Unovan citizens (and Pokémon!) makes the whole experience very dear to me. ❤️🖤 #PokemonDay— ✨ Kaysh Kaysh ✨ (@ACCFMii1) February 27, 2018
Some memories were very specific.
The fan art was strong.
Here's a memory about a memory.
Here's a memory many of us share:
Seriously, though, anyone that's taken a Magikarp all the way to a Gyrados truly understands glory (and patience). Happy #PokemonDay, fellow nerds.