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Old February 19th, 2016 (8:29 PM). Edited February 20th, 2016 by bobandbill.
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Two separate articles will be made. The first will report on the Splatoon Splatfest results (announced worldwide late tomorrow). Even without the results I've drafted a stub in a Daily article draft! Preview it here (make sure to log in first).

Following that article will be this one, which will:

Red versus Blue: Analysis and Giveaway!
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Excerpt: Learn what the difference is between the two Pokémon games, and have a chance to win a game too!

Just recently the Wii U game Splatoon celebrated the 20th anniversary of Pokémon with a Splatfest between the original games Pokémon Red and Blue, with Pokémon GAME declared the winner. [The last bit will link to the article.] Meanwhile, a poll within the PokéCommunity forums - which you are welcome to join in - suggests that Blue [subject to change] is the better of the two. However, you can't simply decide which is best with a few Splatoon matches or a popularity contest - you need to weigh up both sides of the argument! Here we'll go through the few differences between the games. And if you let us know which of the two you prefer from our Facebook and Twitter pages, you can also win your own copy of Pokémon Red or Pokémon Blue!

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There's also Pokémon Yellow available to us, but that's beside the point. [Will be downsized in article!]

They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but for some the difference between Pokémon Red and Blue is the cover. It's only aesthetic as you can choose any of the three starter Pokémon regardless of which version you pick, but some people really prefer Charizard's design, or the cool blue colour. And you can hardly blame people for that.

Pokémon Availability

Now we're talking - something that affects the gameplay itself! Here is where your choice may well depend on: which Pokémon can you actually catch in which game? Here, personal preference comes into play. Sure, both games have a mixture of strong Pokémon exclusive, but there may be some you'll prefer over others.

The choices are as follows:

Red Only:
Ekans, Arbok, Oddish, Gloom, Vileplume, Mankey, Primeape, Growlithe, Arcanine, Scyther, Electabuzz

Blue Only:
Sandshrew, Sandslash, Meowth, Persian, Bellsprout, Weepinbell, Victreebel, Vulpix, Ninetales, Pinsir, Magmar

It may come down to which you prefer of say Vulpix or Growlithe, but when it comes to assembling your ultimate party of six Pokémon in order to become the Champion, you may want to do it with your favourites.


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But that's not the only difference! For one, how commonly Pokémon appear in the wild also matters. Take those available early on in Viridian Forest for example. Caterpie, a popular choice with its evolution in Butterfree who gains early access to the useful Confusion move, is more common in Blue than Red. While Beedrill has its fans too, we wager that for the 1st generation games, Caterpie is the one more players will want on their teams. Nidoran♂ is meanwhile easier to find in Pokémon Red.

The Game Corner

The last variance of note lies in the prize room for the Game Corner. Both the Pokémon selection and their cost differs!

The differences are as follows:
  • Clefairy costs 500 Coins in Red, but is more expensive at 750 Coins in Blue
  • Abra meanwhile is pricer in Red (180 Coins) - it's only 120 Coins in Blue.
  • Blue also enjoys a discount with Pinsir at 2,500 Coins, while Scyther is exclusive to Red at the price of 5,500 Coins. Both are available in the Safari Zone.
  • Red has access to Dratini outside of the Safari Zone at only 2,800 Coins; Blue players need to cough up 4,600 Coins.
  • Porygon costs 6500 Coins in Blue, but Red players get to feel ripped off with the price of 9999 Coins.

If you don't care about completing the Pokédex it may not be a major issue, but if you do, then you may gravitate towards Blue because of the cheaper Porygon.


Choose wisely...

Competition

Considering all of the above, which game do you prefer? The PokéCommunity's Facebook and Twitter accounts are running their own giveaway for Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue respectively! If you want to gain the chance for Pokémon Red, 'Like' the Facebook post made! If you'd rather Pokémon Blue, retweet our Twitter announcement.

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Draft done! Minor changes indicated within the article will be implemented as well.
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Excerpt: Learn what is the difference between the two Pokémon games, and have a chance to win a game too!
what the difference is

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And you let us know which of the two you prefer from our Facebook and Twitter pages, you can also win your own copy of Pokémon Red or Pokémon Blue!
And if you let us know

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colour, favourite
Are we going for American spelling?

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Here personal preference comes into play.
Here,

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commonly?

some of these are probably correct but they looked weird to me
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Are we going for American spelling?
Depends on the writer. Given we're making articles written by people around the world we went with which English is up to them; the main thing is to be consistent within the article itself is all. Being Australian I'm closer to British English.
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    Are we going for American spelling?
    We're really just going for consistency. Since Marcin's from Australia, he's going to use the British English, and so long as his article follows all the rules of British English, that's fine. It would be kind of a pain to decide on just one set of English rules for writing, since we have writers from all over the world. So consistency is the only thing we're looking for.

    Give me a bit, and I'll check the article over!
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