I've been a pokemon fan since the anime first aired on Canadian television. I then received a purple see-through Gameboy colour for my birthday along with Pokemon Red version (it was a gift to play on the flight to Walt Disney World~~) and I've been hooked ever since. I've bought a game from every generation and collected the trading cards with my friends as a child and even up to a few years ago. Now I mainly play the main video game series.
I remember I was 8 years old, back in the 90s. I was visiting my brother in San Francisco, and while he and my mom were talking among themselves, they let me mess with the TV. I kept flipping through channels until I came across Pokémon (I think it was the episode where Ash's Metapod evolved). I remember being completely engrossed, regardless, and I insisted on watching all the episodes from then on. I got some VHS tapes as gifts, and I collected the TCG, even though I never knew how to play (and I still don't, really. Lol).
I remember I was super excited for my tenth birthday. I guess it was because my favorite cartoon (*cough anime cough*) character started a life-changing journey when he turned 10. And so I was expecting something similar to happen.
On the evening of my tenth birthday, my parents gave me one huge box. It was probably as tall as I was. Being the trolls they are, most of the box was filled with bubble wrap and newspaper. At first I couldn't find anything else in the box, and I started getting upset. But after I literally dove into the box to see what was at the bottom, I saw four cartridges taped to the bottom:
I think I actually started crying out of sheer joy.
And so my love of the games has continued ever since. I watch the older seasons of the anime for nostalgia, but I'm starting to get interested in the newer X and Y episodes recently too. I'm glad I can be fully engaged in the fandom again. It might sound a bit corny, but getting those games actually was lifechanging for me, seeing as how I met my best friends because of them. We all met during the Hoenn craze, and we still play together to this day.
I started in Gen. 4. My parents bought me a DS Lite and the first game I got was Shadows of Almia, and then Explorers of Sky. I didn't think I would like main series games so I didn't ask my parents for one until my birthday, which I didn't actually ask my parents. One of my parents' friends called and asked what I wanted for my birthday and since I couldn't think of anything I just asked for Platinum. And that's when I started main series. Beautiful, right?
I was in third grade when the cards/show came out, immediately became a fan. I gave up on Pokemon a little during Fire Red/Leaf Green (the only games I don't own) but joined back quickly and have loved it since.
I think I became a fan prior to Diamond and Pearl coming out. I had heard about the cards and the show from some friends, played around with some cards, and then I was persuaded to buy Diamond. I think I had it for Christmas in 2007, and it's fair to say, I enjoyed it immensely. Then I bought HG and SS, then I didn't manage to buy Black/White, and now I have X :3
Around the time Black & White came out. My brother suddenly found his old Crystal cartridge and started playing it again. Then B&W came out and he bought black and when he finished it I decided to try it out and I very quickly fell in love with it. I do remember watching the anime when I was just a little kid but I wasn't exactly a fan back then.
I liked Pokemon since around 2000 being interested in the anime and other merchandise, but I didn't get a Pokemon game until 2003 (however it was the original Pokemon Blue, even though I believe R/S were out by then all my friends were playing the originals, perhaps their older siblings were passing them down). I remembering seeing my friend with Blue and crying because I wanted it so bad.