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My first game of Pokemon was Yellow Version. I had a team of lvl 88 Pikachu, lvl 85 Butterfree, lvl 85 Pidgeot, lvl 95 Blastoise, lvl 83 Charizard, and a lvl 82 Venusaur. Noted that nothing can beat the old storyline, but the newer ones are very interesting, making leveling up easier. You are not a true Pokemon gamer if you never played through the original Pokemon games.