I remember it was the summer holidays and Pokémon was the in-thing at the time so I must have been about ten or eleven years old at the time. The cards were all the rage at school and the games were selling out as quick as they were coming in at the shops where I lived. I was at a local carboot sale one day and this was one of the biggest locally. There were hundreds of people selling stuff but this one particular visit to the carboot sale was one that I would remember like it only happened last week.
As I was walking around the various stalls something caught my eye. I first spotted an Original Game Boy and a Game Boy Colour. There was a handful of games in a box but I decided to take a closer look. There at the bottom of the box was the game I had been saving my pocket-money for over the last few months. Pokémon Gold.
There was no box just the game cartridge and the seller even gave me a big handful of the trading cards. The game it’s self was about £6 alot cheaper than any of the stores where I lived. With Pokémon Gold hidden safely in my backpack I set off around the rest of the carboot sale until it was time to go home. I even managed to find an Ancient Mew trading card a few stalls away from where I had just been. The rarer one of the two as well. Eventually arriving home I was hidden away in the corner of the room glued to Game Boy and starting my new Pokémon adventure and aiming to become a Pokémon Master.
After playing Pokémon Yellow for so long Pokémon Gold felt so different but in the right way. The improved coloured graphics, the new Pokémon, the new environment, the music everything. Little did I know at the time of starting this adventure is that I would be able to revisit the Kanto region as well. My ten-year old self just kept playing and playing. Not worrying about how long it took me to complete the game or how many hours I would wander around in the grass levelling up my team. Eventually I beat the game and continued to fill up my Pokédex and even spent many afternoons after school trading Pokémon via a link cable and then that was it.
Fast forward to 2009 and Nintendo announce the re-release of Pokémon Gold and Pokemon Silver but instead in the form of enhanced versions for the Nintendo DS called Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver. As soon as I heard I was excited and headed to my local Blockbuster to pre-order it. Then there I was again falling in love with the game I had played so much of 10 years prior to HeartGold and SoulSilver being released and I did the same thing again. I played the game constantly until the next Pokémon Black and White were released.
Since finishing Pokémon SoulSilver I’ve picked it up a handful of times. Played some more even restarted the game and beat it again a couple of times. The game just never gets old. There is just something that keeps me going back to it again and again. Now when Nintendo announced that they would be releasing the original Pokémon Silver and Pokémon Gold onto the virtual console I was so excited! My younger self could not waited and as soon as pre-orders for the boxed edition of the game became available I was there and pre-ordered one of both versions.
The day of release I waited in all day hoping that my parcel from GAME would arrive in the morning. The morning came and went so did midday and early afternoon. The clock was edging closer and closer to 5pm. I was giving up on it arriving on launch day but it would arrive at some point on Saturday. All of a sudden the doorbell went and there was the postman with my parcel. I couldn’t have been happier. After giving my brother his copy of the game I jumped into my game and have been pretty much glued to my 2DS ever since. Then the nostalgia hit me again and I sat there playing with a huge smile on my face.
Pokémon Gold will always be one of my favourite games regardless of how old I am. It holds so many memories from my childhood and I’m extremely happy Nintendo have released it onto the Virtual Console.
If you are wondering who I picked as a starter this time round it was Cyndaquil!