1st Gen Red vs Blue

Started by bobandbill February 14th, 2016 5:25 AM
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Which Pokemon game do you prefer?

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Two things to do here. One is to vote for which game you prefer - Pokemon Blue, or Pokemon Red. you can vote based on nostalgia or solid reasoning or the box art... choose wisely. The poll is above.

The second is to explain your choice! Why do you think one is better than the other?

Granted, differences are pretty minor for the early games, but there's still a lot to discuss. Which has the better box art? What about the Pokemon choices - which has the superior set of Pokemon?
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
Or is it the rarity of Pokemon between versions? Caterpie for example is much easier to find in Blue than in Red, while the opposite holds for Weedle.

Or is it because of the Game Corner mechanics?

The more detail the better! Defend your choice like it's a Splatfest or something! =p

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Charizard is too mainstream and even though I love all three Kanto starters, I like Blastoise (and the color blue) a bit more.

In terms of exclusive Pokémon both games are kind of tied for me, but Vulpix and Pinsir are among my favorite Pokémon.

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Even though I prefer Blastoise over Charizard, I prefer Red due to me preferring the Red exclusive Pokemon more than the Blue ones (Vileplume, Arcanine, Scyther and Electabuzz). I admit to liking Ninetales and Magmar, though.
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Blue. It was my very first game. Plus I enjoyed being able to get Meowth and Ninetales. And I liked having the less commonly owned game. All my friends had red, so me having blue meant that I had all the version exclusives they needed XD
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It's Red for me, the fact I could never own a Vulpix in my first pokemon game still haunts me but the rest of the exclusives are way better. :p


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Blue! I love soothing colors like those and Squirtle is superior to Charmander in every way (I'm sorry). The exclusives are good for each version but I'm happy having my cute fox and Meowth over the Red exclusives any day. :-3
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Blue for sure! The Squirtle line is my favourite line in the games so having a powerful-looking Blastoise on the cover is definitely a big plus. My favourite colour as a kid was blue was well so I feel like I definitely connected with Pokemon Blue on a deeper level ;)

Looking at the version exclusives, I love Vileplume and Arbok (both Red exclusives) but also love Magmar and Victreebel (Blue exclusives) so although that wasn't a deciding factor when I was little, it's a win/win (or lose/lose I guess...) situation either way for me.


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Red is the cooler game because of nostalgia, but also because of Growlithe, Arcanine, and Scyther.

The only reason that it makes me sad is that magmar appears only is blue version, how weird that a fire pokemon appears only in pokemon blue....ironic.
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I like Blue. It's such a great color, and makes a nice contrast in my red SP.

But I also like Blue because of the exclusive Pokemon. I picked Blue because of Meowth. I wanted a Meowth on my team. And having Sandshrew was a definite plus. Caterpie is my choice over Weedle, since Butterfree was always a better Pokemon in my opinion. It fits in better with my team and play style.

The Game Corner is much better in Blue. It's better to only have to get 6500 coins to get Porygon than it is to pay 9999 coins. And while Dratini is cheaper to get in Red, Porygon is a much better Pokemon (in my opinion).
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It's hard.. I prefer the Pokemon in Blue but I always played Red.. more drawn to red.. But I prefer the Pokemon in Blue.. XD
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When it comes to Read and Blue, I am going to go with Blue. One of reasons why I am going to go with Blue is because it was the very first Pokemon game I ever played.
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I prefer Blue always have and always will.
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I chose blue, mainly just because I preferred the version exclusives. There were some exclusives in Red that I liked, such as Arbok and Vileplume, but Blue outweighed those in my opinion. Ninetales,Victreebel, and Persian made it 100% worth it to get Blue.
Plus i prefer blue as a color, but that didn't have much to do with it.


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I mostly tend to side with the "blue" versions of most Pokemon paired games, so it'd be natural that I'd prefer Blue of the two.
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The question is not Red or Blue, the question is Fire Red vs. Leaf Green and the winner is Fire Red. Why, you ask? Because Leaf Green is the only Pokemon game that you cannot catch Psyduck/Golduck :( Who wants to live in a world where you can't catch a Psyduck?

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