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4 years ago#1
Where to start? Which game is the quintessential Pokemon? What is it with these Gold/Blue/Black/Volume 1, 2, etc?

And, mostly, what game is it it like Zelda? Like Halo? Like Metroid? Please compare and teach me.
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4 years ago#2
Black/White and Black/White 2 I guess...
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4 years ago#3
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It's an RPG. Simple enough.
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4 years ago#4
It's a game about a world where weapons don't exist, and all disputes are settled by having your tamed creatures fight each other.
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4 years ago#5
Go buy a Pokemon game and teach yourself.
I'd say Emerald (GBA) is a good starting point. Or Black/White 2 if you want a modern one you can walk into a store and buy.
4 years ago#6
RPG game in short, your party members are pokemon, not humans. Start with HG/SS or Platinum if you want, Black/White 2 if you want to experience the latest.
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4 years ago#7
Pokemon is a turn-based RPG where you can basically add any random encounters into your team, and as such, very customizable, unlike most JRPGs. There is almost no limit to the amount of teams you could possibly have.
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4 years ago#8
Its an RPG/pet simulator. You catch wild animal-like creatures, raise them through friendly competition, and work alongside them to defeat the region's Pokemon League.
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4 years ago#9
Just buy any game. They're all good at easing you into things.
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4 years ago#10
It's a turn-based RPG series. Best comparisons among games made by Nintendo would be Earthbound or Paper Mario. But the main characters don't fight; the random monsters you encounter can be captured and added to your team, and they do the fighting for you.

The versions usually come in pairs (Black/White, Heart Gold/Soul Silver, X/Y), and each game in the pair is nearly identical, so it doesn't matter which game from any given pair you get.

Recommended game? Depends. Black/White 1 for the story. Black/White 2 for the variety of gameplay options. Heart Gold/Soul Silver for the nostalgia you're unlikely to have. Platinum (which is essentially an upgrade of Diamond/Pearl, and I'd recommend it over either of them) for all-around.

X and Y aren't out yet, and we know little about them at this point, so no comment.
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