Have never played a Pokemon game, and I want to see what I'm missing...
Most Useful Answer KBoyle
Jan. 9, 2013 at 21:59
As it stands the DS lite has the widest pokemon options, as it can play GBA games as well. While I think people big the first game (Red + Blue) up too much due to nostalgia, I'd still recommend starting there (preferably the remakes, FireRed/LeafGrean as they're a bit more accessible)
I personally started on Pokemon Silver when I was 6, so you could start on HeartGold/SoulSilver if you wish.
To be fair, every main series Pokemon game is fantastic, so you can't really go wrong with any of them. I'd just suggest starting with the basics so you get the most out of the experience.
So I've never played a Pokemon game (I always assumed they were just for little kids, so ignored them), but I get the impression I'm missing something...
Bearing in mind the only handheld I have is DS-Lite, which Pokemon game would you recommend I try?
If it makes any difference, it'd likely be single-player only, but there's a chance the kids would dust off their DS-Lites, too, if they saw me playing on mine...
I'd strongly advocate the original Red/Blue, or maybe even Yellow (it depends how much of a Pikachu fan you are). In terms of the complete package, they just can't be beaten. The world makes sense, the little narrative vignettes you'll encounter are often very well done, and occasionally quite dark. But it doesn't feel as engineered as any of the games that followed - it's frequently whimsical, goofy, and utterly endearing. Moreover, Game Freak don't spam you with pointless features and quirks to try and make the experience seem different because, well, they're the first generation of games in the series - they didn't need to.
While I do agree that the originals are very good, I often feel like the rose-tinted goggles appear every time I think of them, so...
I'd go with the consensus that Gold and Silver are the best generation. You can get the updated versions (Heart Gold and Soul Silver) for your DS. These improved on some of the stuff in the first generation, but didn't have a lot of the more divisive stuff the later versions did, such as double / triple battles, and I think you'd get the most Pokemon-y Pokemon game.
I hope you enjoy them.
I still contend that Red/Blue/FireRed/LeafGreen are the best places to start (and the best games generally), but they're also not on DS.
Bearing that in mind, Quietus' suggestion is a good one, though I personally found those games to be just a little too grindy (even by franchise standards) and reliant on water HMs for my liking. The Pokewalker is totally awesome, mind.
Otherwise, Black or White might be a good shout - for my money they have one of the most interesting storylines of the bunch that doesn't get fully explored in the sequel. B&W 2 are both excellent, though I'd say that they mainly appeal to more experienced Pokemon players who can appreciate the tweaks to the formula.
I think between you you've recommended most Pokemon games out there - but I trust recommendations from all three of you and it's reassuring to know that all of those you've mentioned should be good.
Now I just need to find my DS. It's round here somewhere but I've not really used it in the last year or two...
Thanks again folks. I'm currently around six hours into SoulSilver, and it seems decent so far.
(Urgh at using resistive screens having used only capacitive ones in the last couple of years though!)
I'm a bit OCD and find it impossible not to grind levels out of my low level Pokemon, even though I'm pretty certain most (or all) of them will fall by the wayside as I acquire better ones later in the game.
As a consequence I put about 20 hours into the game in the first week, but wasn't actually very far through the game - I'd discovered only two villages.
And that's while I only had a handful of Pokemon to play with. If I were to continue in that fashion with all the beasties I found I reckon I'd end up putting in literally thousands of hours before getting half way through the game.
Overall - fun game, but if you've an obsessive personality you can very easily lose a good chunk of your life to it. I imagine I'd have the same problem with the other Pokemon games, so I gave up and moved on to something else about a week ago.
If only the Pokewalker let you evolve more than one level at a time.
@Late: It takes a lot of willpower to quit while you're ahead, sounds like the right decision to be honest.
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