I never owned a copy of the original Pokémon Red and Blue.
When Pokémon first hit the states in the ‘90s, I fell hard for the Poké-craze. I was engrossed with the anime, the posters, books, magazines, trading cards, plushies, and spin-off games like Pokémon Pinball and Pokémon Snap, but I never actually got a chance to play those original first-gen games. My first game was Pokémon Silver, which I loved dearly until the day the internal battery died. It was an excellent game and I spent hours exploring it, but a part of me still wished I could have played one of the original games, the games I used to watch over the shoulders of my friends at recess, cheering them on as they challenged their rival and captured Mewtwo.
When I reached high school, I lost interest in the games and never bothered to get a copy of the new Ruby and Sapphire. I fell behind on the ever-growing list of Pokémon, moves, and additions to the game