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Pokemon: Trading Card Game
Platform:  Gameboy
# of Players:  1 (2 with link cable
Developer:  Nintendo
Publisher:  Nintendo
Ratings:  Teen
Memory Req.:  
I have to admit I dig the Pokemon phenomena, I like the GB games, I like the cartoon, and I like the Pokemon Card Game GB better than the original games.

Apparently, this is like the Pokemon Card Game, ala' Magic the Gathering.The price of the cart is probably less than some "rare" cards or "limited edition" packs of the actual cards.

The game begins with a sample battle. You have to follow the instructions to the tee or the round will start over. It's confusing unless you look at the manual, it's in Japanese but you can figure it out by the pictures.First you are given seven cards from your "deck". You first have to pick the monsters you want to use for the battle, and press the B button. When it's your turn, you have to charge up your Pokemon with an "energy" card, and depending on how much energy your Pokemon has you can select different fighting moves. There are also "Trainer" cards that do various things like heal damage, remove a Pokemon from play, or get extra cards from your deck. As you win battles, the other trainers give you cards to add to your deck. There are also "Evolution" cards that evolve your Pokemon to the next level, give them more HP and more powerful attacks. As usual there are a ridiculous amount of Pokemon to be collected. The game is non- linear in the sense that you can go to any Gym, any time to battle. There are alot of gyms too, one for every type of Pokemon, Fire Gym, Water Gym. etc. Plus a couple extra.

You can edit your decks, make new ones and name them in English. One of the coolest features is you can print up the cards via GB Printer! The strategy involved in the battle takes alot more thinking than the original. The graphics are GREAT! Pokemon in full color is something to behold, the monochrome just doesn't do the artwork justice. All I can say is if you like Pokemon, you'll love this! And if you love Pokemon, this is a must buy!

John Cooper

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