To celebrate the upcoming local release of Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, I thought it would be a great time to reflect on the series and think about our first Pokemon. While it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, the original games proved to be a home run with people from all over the world. One thing many Pokefans have in common is the memory of their first Pokemon as well as their favourite overall. Now, it’s no big secret that I’m a massive fan of the series, but I have to admit, I never started with the original. I only started my journey with Crystal. I chose Totodile as my starter and did not regret that decision. Later I managed to buy Blue and I chose Bulbasaur. Ever since then, I’ve been fixated on grass type starters, with my favourite being Serperior.
While not usually the best fighters – competitively speaking – starter Pokemon are put on a very high pedestal, and for a good reason. These three Pokemon are usually the first we see when the game is announced. At first glance, people already begin to weigh up the options of who to select. It seems silly, but it’s actually a real thing and even spawned a few memes. I struggled for days up to the launch of X and Y on whether or not I should go with Fennekin or with Chespin. The winner was Fennekin because I really liked the look Braixen.
Another reason why the three are so vital is that they serve as the mascots for the series – not including Pikachu. Why people like – ney, Love – that fugly yellow rodent, is beyond me. They are often used in promo material and happen to find their way into Ash and Co’s team in the anime, so we form a sort of attachment to each one. Sure there are other Pokemon that steal our hearts later on, but these three will always be with us from our tiny insignificant town that we’ll only visit again after the game is finished, to the Elite four where you beat the champion but never become one yourself…
So I ask you this ‘Do you remember your first starter Pokemon?’