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 PLATFORM: GAME BOY ADVANCE
DIFFERENT SHADES OF THE SAME COLOR

n all honesty, I had a lot of fun with this game. The immature child in me loved giving nicknames like "Dumpface" to my captured companions, and the collector in me became absorbed in leveling the little guys up. However, these features are nothing new or innovative; they were all intact when Pokémon Red and Blue released six years ago, and this game is really more of a director’s cut than a new installment. However, the new bells and whistles streamline gameplay and make this title much more fun than I was expecting.

There are some strides in new directions with the addition of the wireless adapter (included with the game), which allows up to 40 trainers to hang out in the Union Room where they can organize battles or just chat with each other. Though the adapter is pretty slick, and much more portable than a link cable, it doesn’t feel like a tool to strengthen gameplay as much as it seems like a gimmick to mask the fact that this is a marginally enhanced re-release of a Game Boy game.

Yes, the graphics and animations are improved, along with some updated moves and the option to select a female trainer. Still, like mortuary cosmetics, these things just serve to gussy up a corpse to make it more appealing. Now, I like a good round of kick-the-cadaver as much as the next guy, but only diehard Pokémon fans will notice the new features. Though they do ease up the gameplay considerably, it’ll still look like the same old Pokémon to everyone else.

  

LISA MASON   8.25

I really played the heck out of the first Pokémon set that Fire Red/Leaf Green is a remake of. Still, the deluge of too-similar additions that came after my first blush of Poké -frenzy lessened the series’ appeal for me and I fell off the wagon. These shiny carts bring back my nostalgia by updating the graphics, adding a few new features (the Union Room and drastically improved menus), and keeping the rest essentially unchanged.

8
CONCEPT:
Remake Pokémon Red and Blue, the Romulus and Remus of the Pokémon empire
GRAPHICS:
Compared to other handheld Pokémon titles, this is tops. Compared to other handheld games in general, utterly unremarkable
SOUND:
On par with the best internal speakers of 1987
PLAYABILITY:
The new interface is nice, but at its core the game is still just a bunch of menus
ENTERTAINMENT:
If you enjoy obsessive collecting, this is your holy grail. Otherwise, it can be a toilet bowl of tedium
REPLAY:
High
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