1999. That was the year I first sat down to play Pokémon Yellow. Now, I was familiar with the anime (and despite the fact that my parents never let me watch it, I knew that it was the most awesome thing ever) and the card game (which I didn't know how to play.) One of the neighbors that my sister was friends with let me borrow his Game Boy Color for about an hour, and I spent it learning how to play the game. It would be some time before I was remotely good at it, but by two years later, I had the single-player game figured out. By then, Gold and Silver had come out, and the thing that kept me hooked on those games long into the future were the hundreds of hours I spent training my team to become the best on the school bus.
Since I didn't have a Gameboy when I was younger, my first experience with Pokemon was through the anime, followed by the cards. I did have a Nintendo 64, though, so my first Pokemon game was Pokemon Snap. My first main-series Pokemon game was Emerald.
Pokemon Yellow It's one of my favourites, I usually played and most liked the "3rd" game in generations (like Emerald) because of their extended storyline and stuff.
So it's like this:
I Gen Yellow & Red; II Gen Silver & Crystal; III Gen Emerald (sometimes played sister's Sapphire) & FireRed; IV Gen Platinum & Soul Silver; V Gen White & Black2
Pokemon Yellow *sigh* I still remember how cute it was to watch that little pikachu sprite walk around behind you. I think I may still have it....probably buried under all my other really old games lol
My first was Colosseum, but I collected the 2nd gen tazoes when they came out, and I used to watch the anime. I was also king of the TCG for a while at my school. It used to go in rotations, yu-gi-oh would be big, then pokemon, and because one of my mates basically ran the playground he made sure that when one went out of style, and the cards became worthless, that I got all of them. Back to the anime, I used to watch it any chance I could get, on sky1, on cartoon network. Advanced battle is the ultimate best, jus sayin
Pokemon has been a big part of my life since it first came to the States all those years ago. I first started off with the anime just like many my age, which was about 6 back then. However, I never had a Gameboy when the first games came out so unfortunately they weren't my first game, but I was able to play with my cousin's and friend's games well mainly watch. By the time I had gotten a Gameboy, the highly anticipated Gold and Silver had come out. My brother got Gold, but I didn't get anything, however until the release of Crystal my brother and I shared his Gold version. So in the end my first official Pokemon game was Crystal and boy was it an experience. I loved that game to death. My starter was Feraligatr and my crew consisted of Suicune, Tyranitar, Houndoom, Dewgong, and Scizor.