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Otter Mii-kun
April 16th, 2012, 3:19 PM
What are your earliest memories that you have concerning the Pokémon franchise? These can include when you first heard about it, when you started with your first game, or when you first started watching the anime, or whatever you remember about it.

My earliest memory of the franchise was when I heard a report on ABC World News Tonight (?) about the seizures in Japan caused by the Porygon episode, although I didn't really know what it was all about.
By mid-1998, I started hearing about Pokémon from some of my classmates, and it increased greatly by the end of the year, and well into 1999.
I had been hearing about the trading card game, the Game Boy games (Red and Blue), and the anime that had just started its English dub run in syndication, followed by the first Movie, which I heard hyped to no end at the time of its US theatrical release.
I didn't want anything to do with all this at the time. However, come Christmas 1999, my aunt (or grandma?) gave me Pokémon Yellow for Christmas, telling me that I would like it. When I first loaded it, needless to say, I got hooked on it almost immediately, and then started watching the anime, which by then moved to Kids! WB. (Incidentially, the Burger King Pokéball recall popped up around this time, and I did get some Pokémon toys from Burger King at that time, and also with the promotion of the 2nd movie.)

April 16th, 2012, 4:17 PM
I renember playing Pokemon Gold first, with its save state in Ecruteak. Then, I renember that I played Pokemon Yellow version for a while.

April 16th, 2012, 4:51 PM
My earliest memories of Pokemon were playing with and collecting the cards and watching the show. I didn't play the video games until much later.

Atomic Pirate
April 16th, 2012, 4:55 PM
I remember being a wee lad when I came home from school one day. There was a blue box containing "Pokemon: Sapphire Version" sitting on the table. I remember playing that game and being blown away by the RPG elements. That was the first Pokemon game I ever played, and it made a huge impression.

April 16th, 2012, 4:59 PM
My earliest?

Sitting on my parent's bed when I was around four years-old and noticing a commercial for it on TV. Being just a little tyke, I didn't really pay it any mind. Later I watched the first episode with my sister, an anime geek, and liked it. As the original series ran on she was cool enough to tell me whenever Pokemon was on. We also built up a collection of Pokemon videos from the store that I watch frequently. I was simply watching a few episodes here and there, no big deal.

Things changed once my parents bought me a silver Pikachu and Pichu Game Boy Color with my very own copy of Crystal.

April 16th, 2012, 6:38 PM
My earliest memories of Pokemon are of me and my mom walking through Wal Mart. She let me pick out a toy to take home, and I chose a Charmander, Charmeleon, and Charizard three pack. This was before I know anything about Pokemon. Needless to say I freaked out when my dad brought home Pokemon Blue for me. I had no idea there was a game. I freaked out a few months later when I found out there was a show. I've been in love with the series ever since, ahahaha.

April 16th, 2012, 6:50 PM
I remember walking into a video rental store. (Yes, everything was in VHS!)
And seeing a pokemon tape, it was Vol. 4 Poke-friends. And i rented that thing over and over until mom bought it for me~

Been hooked ever since!

April 16th, 2012, 7:10 PM
I remember walking into a video rental store. (Yes, everything was in VHS!)
And seeing a pokemon tape, it was Vol. 4 Poke-friends. And i rented that thing over and over until mom bought it for me~

Been hooked ever since!

I put my mom through that same thing! It got to the point where whenever the video store clerk saw me coming she would have the Squirtle Squad VHS ready for check out. My mom got so fed up with renting the same VHS over and over again, she bought me the VHS collection where Ash gets Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. I think I still have it somewhere at my parent's house...

April 16th, 2012, 7:26 PM
i first heard of pokemon through watching animie at 3 or 4 some 8 or 9 years ago ive loved it ever since hope my moms getting me yellow soon...

April 16th, 2012, 9:41 PM
I don't remember if I first got into the series because of the show or the TCG, but I know it wasn't the games (knew about them, but didn't own my first until a couple years later).

My first memory of the show was watching the episode Battle on the St. Anne. For some reason, I seem to remember this episode being played before the actual first episode, because I remember being confused why Ash didn't know who Misty was later on.

And my earliest memory of the TCG was opening a Booster Pack from the Base Set. I remember exactly where I opened it (in my dad's old car in store a parking lot, which I don't even think is still there). I also remember that my very first card was a Dewgong that knew Aurora Beam.

April 17th, 2012, 4:00 AM
My earliest memory of Pokemon is when I had a GBA collection game emulator for XBOX. So, I searched for games that I might liked and found Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. At first, I didn't know the controls and it was messed up because the controls weren't configured.

April 17th, 2012, 4:17 AM
My earliest memory was when I was over at someone else's house (friend? Relative? I honestly don't remember) and we were watching Pokemon on TV. I believe it was one of the first episodes, or even the very first. Then someone else ran into the room, waving their GameBoy around, and he started showing off his Mew. I remember we were arguing whether it was legitimate or not. And that's about it.

Oddly enough, I don't have any sort of memory watching the anime when I was younger outside of that.

April 17th, 2012, 5:31 AM
Hmm.. it was when I was just starting school and saw the first episode of pokemon on tv, oh how I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. Didnt quite understood what the show meant but I loved it regardless

Neon Shades
April 17th, 2012, 5:42 AM
Seeing a relative breeze through the Elite 4 of GSC (don't know which one '-_-)

April 17th, 2012, 7:01 AM
The first thing I remember, even though I know I'd seen pokémon on TV before this happened, is borrowing some kind of ROM thing from a classmate when I was like, 7. It was Pokémon Blue and I played it on my PC...

Later I got pokémon blue for gameboy, and pokémon stadium. Pokémon Gold is where the real craze started though. Good times.

April 17th, 2012, 7:52 AM
Gonna kick this into the poll section. :3

But I'm unlucky because I really don't remember when I started playing, it just happened...the earliest thing I really remember is being unable to get past the last person before the end of Victory Road because my Pokemon were going to die and I didn't want to go through again and I was so sad so I quit and didn't play Blue again for years haha.

April 17th, 2012, 2:56 PM
I was in Walmart one day with my parents, and I broke away from them to thumb through some gaming magazines, as any eleven-year-old N64 addict does. It was then that I saw an ad for some upcoming game called "Pokemon". The ad featured a bunch of pokemon standing underneath a giant net with the simple caption, "Got you!"

I didn't think much of it then, but I was gonna be addicted to that game within a year's time.

Elite Overlord LeSabre™
April 18th, 2012, 1:16 PM
Nintendo Power for me. It was probably late '97 or sometime in '98 (I'm bad with dates) but I first saw it promoted in an issue of my brother's Nintendo Power magazine. Wasn't hooked at first, but seeing the RPG-like gameplay in the magazine's game previews began to spark my interest in the franchise.

April 21st, 2012, 10:09 AM
The day care lady that I went to as a kid got all of the boys Pokemon plush toys (I got a Pikachu). She also got us all Pokemon VHS tapes (I got the Poke-Friends tape where Ash caught Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle). My older cousin had a copy of Pokemon Red and I was over there once and watched him and his friend battle each other. I can remember that my cousin was using a Charizard. Then the very first game that I actually owned was Pokemon Gold, and eventually I got Red, Blue and Yellow as well as Silver and eventually Crystal and have played every version since haha

April 22nd, 2012, 9:59 PM
Pokemon Stadium...Man I had fun with that game. Those mini games were beast!

April 23rd, 2012, 11:23 AM
My earliest memory was switching through channels and found the anime midway through episode 4 and thought it looked interesting. I watched a few more episodes and began to get hooked.

Captain Fabio
April 23rd, 2012, 11:54 AM
My earliest memory is of the first game, Pokemon Red. I loved Charizard on the front of the box and started with Charmander.

The game felt really big in game world size and it was for back then.

April 28th, 2012, 4:17 PM
My very very very earliest memory of Pokémon was me when I was at my cousin's house, and he was playing Pokémon blue on the original Gameboy sitting on the stairs, and I came down and saw him play and that's when I first got hooked. I could play a bit on his game too and I can remember not understanding what was being said at all because obviously I didn't know English yet hahaha.

May 8th, 2012, 6:52 AM
I can't remember specific dates but I remember things like watching the anime on Saturday mornings with my brother; people playing the games and trading pokémon in school and also the playing cards :)

Mr Cat Dog
May 15th, 2012, 3:39 AM
The earliest memory I have of Pokemon is actually of my parents buying the games for my brother and I. We were all shopping together, and I had accidentally taken a look in my mum's bag and saw the games. At this point in time, my parents had thought they were going to surprise us by unveiling them on Christmas morning. I promptly ruined that for them by screaming YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! at the top of my lungs in the mall, followed by a panic when I realised that my brother was getting one as well.

I can't imagine how much of a horrible and petulant child I must have been all those years ago.

May 15th, 2012, 3:49 AM
My earliest memory of Pokemon is in 2001 watching Episode 9 with my sister on cheez tv

May 15th, 2012, 3:59 AM
The first game I got was Pokémon Yellow...But I don't remember anything before I played Gen III at this point... My memory is very bad.

With that said, the most significant memory I have was years ago when I played Pokémon XD. I had evolved my Eevee there into Jolteon, and I was battling Gorigan from Team Snagem I remember particularly struggling in that battle, especially against his Sealeo who was somehow cleaning out my entire team with Earthquake. For some reason, I'd thought Sealeo was ground because of that and never tried using Thunderbolt... Not that it mattered in the end, when Sealeo's Earthquake didn't even do half of Jolteon's HP somehow, and Shadow Ball did about 1/4th of Sealeo's HP. All I had to use was one Super Potion or something the entire rest of the battle, and Jolteon really just cleaned out Gorigan's entire team from then - and did it alone, too. All my other Pokémon had fainted.

Ever since then, Jolteon took over as my favorite Pokémon for being that strong and coming through like that, and being pretty darn cute while doing it.

Jolteon did it again recently when I replayed Fire Red... But that's a different story.

May 15th, 2012, 4:12 AM
Earliest memory would be watching my older sister play Yellow on her Gameboy. That is, for the games. The anime came much earlier, I think a specific time I recall most way back in the past would be watching the old Pokémon title card in between commercials. I can't remember why but it just stuck more than the events of the episode back then, haha.

May 15th, 2012, 5:50 AM
My earliest memories are playing pokemon gold for like 7 hours straight when I first got it on my birthday when I was like 6 or 7, can't really remember xD Good times, just storming through a game with a ridiculously overleveled Feraligatr. Now I think about everything too much and always have even teams.

May 16th, 2012, 3:59 PM
The earliest memory for me was my mother buying me Pokémon Blue when I was very young, it was something like 1999 and it was me, my sister and my friend (they had Yellow & Red respectively) I just remember playing it for hours.. and how it was such an amazing game.

Saucy Fish Boi
May 18th, 2012, 2:37 PM
I started with Red version! It was my first ever taste of Pokémon, except maybe a commercial I saw. I think the first time I heard about it was when my sister told me about it and said we should get our mom to buy it for us. Little did I know that was the beginning of an era. :D

May 21st, 2012, 10:16 AM
My very first memory of the franchise was seeing someone's drawing of Pikachu and thinking it was a character on South Park and instantly disliking it because I thought South Park was cheap, inappropriate humour for 8-year-olds. (And to be fair, it kind of was, but just because he'd drawn Pikachu next to Mr. Hankey didn't mean they were from the same thing.)

Figures that the same guy would teach me how to draw Pikachu a few weeks later and it's mainly because I had so much fun drawing Pokemon that I got so into it. :P

May 22nd, 2012, 2:01 AM
I honestly don't remember when I got into Pokemon or heard about it, so I'm just going to remember a few situations when I was young child so they all count. :3

First things that come to mind are a rainy day, sitting on top of the car, in Bugsy's gym town. Don't remember much else about that day but it comes to mind. Then there's Pokemon merchandise at the royal show. Um, getting my Pokemon box for Christmas - a large box that went under my bed with all my Pokemon stuff in it, including the board game. Uhhh, solving the maths Pokemon books. Getting a Pokemon book at a store lol. Um the Nintendo event! Well, when I got Celebi up the shops and there was lots of things on like anime footage etc one of the best days ever. Hmmm, exploring Ho-Oh's tower for the first time while getting my hair plaited for modelling iirc. Uh, pretending to be Pokemon after watching movie 2000 at a friend's house. Also when Johto Journeys first came on for the first time ever on Cheez TV.

I COULD GO ON AND ON. In fact I really wish I could. :( Pokemon was a happy part of my life. ;;

May 24th, 2012, 6:58 PM
I was flipping through channels when I found Pokémon. I liked it, so I watched it.

The Fallen
May 28th, 2012, 1:46 PM
My earliest memories of this franchise date back to the fourth grade. My friend had managed to get some of the ever illusive base set cards and had a Charmeleon amongst them. From that point forward I was fascinated by Pokémon and everything it embodied. I begged my mom every week for some money to go down to the local Target in hopes of being able to buy a pack.

After I had found out about the games I started saving my pennies. I got Red for my birthday and managed to get half way through the game in a night. Obsessed, I know. I've had many experiences with Pokémon from there on, but those are my earliest!

May 28th, 2012, 7:43 PM
watching my friend's Nidoking destroying everything ingame with Thrash in blue version. lol
that was like wat? 12-13 years ago? wow..

May 28th, 2012, 7:50 PM
I guess my earliest memory would have to be being a 5 year old kid and watching my older cousin play. He wouldn't let me touch but he would let me watch over his shoulder. Then after my mom got tried of me begging him to let me play she got me my own copy of the game.