It’s been 16 years since the original Pokémon games came out. Wait, 16? Suddenly, I feel old.
They were available in 2 flavors: Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue. Future games in the main series would always abide by this dual version rule (there was often a 3rd flavor, too, but let’s disregard that).
Anytime I see the colors red and blue together, I’m reminded of a simpler time. When I was 5, my older brother and I huddled up on the living room couch, each with a Game Boy Color in hand. He had Pokemon Red inserted into his. Me, I had the superior version on deck: Blue! And yes, for starter Pokémon he picked Charmander and I picked Squirtle. Of course, I would win every battle because Water –> Fire. Duh. Even a 5-year-old kid would know that.
So what was the difference between the two versions? Honestly, not much. Some Pokémon were exclusive to either version – meaning if you could find it in Red, you wouldn’t be able to in Blue and vice versa.
Other than that, there was, uh…a color filter, I guess. Red had a red filter, Blue had a blue filter. Shocking, I know.
But back in the day, we had to buy those 2 game cartridges separately (well, our parents did). But now, In a brand new, never-before-seen display of innovative laziness, Nintendo is planning to release both versions of the upcoming Pokémon games in one single package!
The bundle comes with a special bonus. You might remember that the special editions of Pokémon Heart Gold and Soul Silver came with a nice little figurine of legendary Pokémon Ho-oh and Lugia, respectively.
Well, the special bonus in this new Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire bundle is nowhere as awesome. …Not even close.
You get 200 in-game Potions. Yes, the item that heals 20 Health Points for your Pokemon. Yes, the item that becomes completely obsolete several hours into the game, when you start encountering Super Potions that heal 50 Health Points and suddenly your 20 Health Point dinky syringe become obsolete. Yes, this is disheartening. Most of all because the bundle costs $80, while the individual games cost $40 each. Hint: You save nothing in buying this. And you can only find them in Best Buy or on Amazon.com.
On the bright side, 200 is an absurdly high number. All together that’s like, 20,000 health points of recovery. For free!
That aside, the Primal forms of the Legendary Pokémon mascots for these versions look awesome.
For the record, the blue guy wrecks the red guy. Hard.
Primal Kyogre destroys Primal Groudon when the two games globally release individually and as a lazy bundle on November 21, 2014.