This is it, the post you’ve been waiting for all week! No, not typoattack’s post. YOUR post! The Friday Flashback you all helped write! You sent us your submissions with your Pokémon memories and we’re publishing them right here! Let’s get this show on the road!
“At the age of 9, I crowded around that tiny Gameboy Color screen and took turns demolishing the Elite Four. It took hours, but we finally got our Blastoise up to level 100. I won’t say that this is a crowning childhood memory, but we were rather proud of ourselves. It was one of the rare things my brothers and I collaborated on from start to finish. Thanks for being there all through my childhood, Pokémon. Let’s have 20 more.” — Michelle B.
“The early movies were fucking awesome. My submission: ‘Remember when Ash turned into a rock and Pikachu was sad? Lol, me too.'” — Rob W.
“I can still remember Bulbasaur being on my TV screen that Saturday morning as I was being rushed out the door for some kids’ arts and crafts thing my sister and I went to back in those late ‘90s days. I didn’t know what the show even was, it just happened to be playing on the TV at the time and I caught a glimpse midway through the episode. I had no clue what that leafy green dino-turtle was, but I became instantly hooked. I don’t recall how long it took to find again—maybe not long at all—but I started following the show and learned what ‘Pokémon‘ was. By the time I was 6 I had learned there was a game I could play about these critters. I remember getting that green Game Boy Color and a copy of Blue Version for my birthday, and the rest is history. With 6 generations and 24 handheld main games played, plus a smattering of the side games, each one has its own personal story and set of memories; collecting them all multiple times, creating teams to battle with friends, shiny hunting, an awesome Butterfree that curb stomped Sabrina’s Gym in HeartGold, and raising a 17-member rotating team in Y because I couldn’t settle for only 6, among others.” — Andrew B.
“Reflecting on my 23 years of life, I can honestly say that Pokémon made my childhood. Pokémon Yellow on the Gameboy Color is the very first video game I owned. Back in my grade school days, I never missed an episode of the Indigo League. After school, my mom would reward me with a trip to a Pokémon card game store. I treasure my binder full of the original 150 Pokémon (both English and Japanese versions). I have passed down my Pokémon craze to my younger siblings, who get to experience the magic of a new generation of Pokémon. Pokémon is just one of those things that never leave you. Pokémon taught me how to be the very best that no one ever was!” — Rich H.
“I’ve been drawn back to Pokémon generation after generation just to experience the thrill of a new adventure all over again. I learn something new every time I play; if I watch the series, I laugh at some lame pun in every episode I watch. It’s a link to my childhood, but it’s also just a part of who I am at this point. I’m a Pokémon fan. I always have been, and I always will be.” — Justin O.
“Memories? What memories? I still play regularly.” — Julian W.
And… uh.. Well… that’s all we’ve got. These are some really great submissions, but we were hoping to get even more. This is Pokémon, after all, one of the biggest franchises in history! If you’ve got something to add, hit us up in the comments section below! We won’t bite!
Thanks again to everyone who submitted! It’s been a blast celebrating Pokémon with you all! Keep it 13/31 for even more Pokémon action — it’s safe to say that typoattack still has a post coming up tomorrow celebrating the series (he gets the privilege of posting on the actually anniversary because he’s the admin), and Jorfimus Prime will be back on Tuesday with his thoughts on the Pokémon: Origin anime miniseries (which he just didn’t have the time to include in his post on the anime this week!). And there might even be a few more Pokémon surprises coming up, so stay tuned!
Hey, here’s a thought — keep your submissions coming! If we get enough, we’d consider doing a sequel to this post — Friday Flashback: Pokémon Part 2 — Electric Boogaloo, you might say! Best way to do that? Comment here, or even better, go to our Facebook page and shoot us a comment or a message! We’d love to hear from you! And click that “like” button while you’re there and let everyone know that you’re a fan of the blog that brought you Pokémon Week 2016 — what other blog did that?
Probably quite a few, but we haven’t seen any of them and that’s all that matters.