Pokémon FireRed

released on Jan 29, 2004

A remake of Pokémon Red

Pokémon FireRed Version and Pokémon LeafGreen Version are a pair of core series Generation III games that are set in the Kanto region. They were released in Japan on January 29, 2004, in North America on September 9, 2004, in Australia on September 23, 2004 and in Europe on October 1, 2004.
As the first remakes in the Pokémon franchise, the games revisit the original pair of Pokémon games, Pokémon Red and Green Versions, and so feature all of the characters, plot elements, and challenges of them, but with several important upgrades to bring them up to speed with other Generation III games.
The Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter was initially included with the games when they were first released, eliminating the need for Game Link Cables when trading between the two games (and later Pokémon Emerald Version). In later copies, it was sold separately.
FireRed and LeafGreen went on to become the second best-selling games of the Game Boy Advance, only behind Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions. They also received Nintendo's Player's Choice awards.

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first game ever touched
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I really just couldn't get into this tier, for some reason. It just didn't hit the same as the original games.

Best Pokemon game to have Kanto in it, though that still puts it in a mid-low position in the series overall

This game literally improved on nothing from the original other than the abilities, and they lock stuff like hatching eggs and pokemon from other generations as post game content. Unironically just play the original, at least the glitches are fun to exploit.