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  • F.T. Wolf

Review: Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen

Updated: Oct 10

The start of a longstanding remake tradition.

Console: Gameboy Advance

Exactly a week from now, on February 27th 2021, it’s Pokémon day. And not just a Pokémon day. It’s Pokémon day in the year that the franchise will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Thus, many people expect that this year's Pokémon day will be quite big. That it will have the announcement of many upcoming goodies and games of course. The biggest rumoured Pokémon game for the year is the long-awaited remakes of 2006’s Diamond & Pearl. It would make sense. Remakes of the older games have been a tradition since 2004, a tradition that has been very well received by fans. With how controversial Sword & Shield have been, a well-executed remake would help win back some of the fans. Also: it’s just plain time for a remake to come around again.


With all of this in mind, I decided to review the games that started this remake tradition. Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen. Are these GBA games, over 15 years later, still worth playing? Yes, they are. As a matter of fact, I'd say that they are the definitive games to play if you want that original Kanto region, 151 Pokémon experience. Let’s dive in.


The story of Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen is the traditional Pokémon story. It’s the remake of the games that started everything after all. You’re a 10-year-old kid who, after receiving their starter Pokémon from Professor Oak, sets out on their Pokémon journey across the Kanto region. You travel across the region catching and training Pokémon to both defeat the eight Pokémon gyms so you can challenge the Elite Four and become the Champion as well as complete the Pokédex. All the while, you’ll have to keep up with the Professors grandson and your rival, who always seems to be one step ahead of you. In short: you set out to become the very best there ever was. Along the way, you’ll not only have to dea