A game collector stumbles across a game called "Pokemon Black." The game runs just like a vintage version of Pokémon Red or Blue—except for one thing; the ghost.
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Publish Date: Jul 10, 2021
A game collector stumbles across a game called "Pokemon Black." He boots up the cartridge, which runs just like a vintage version of Pokémon Red or Blue: the same load screen, the same intro from Professor oak. There's only one difference—the ghost—a shockingly powerful Pokémon with a move called a curse that kills enemy Pokémon and trainers.
Pokemon black on what you would call a collector of bootleg Pokemon games, Pokemon Diamond and Jade Chaos. Black, etcetera. It's amazing the frequency with which you can find them at pawnshops, goodwill, flea markets and such. They're generally fun, even if they are unplayable, which most of them are. The mis translations and poor quality make them unintentionally humorous. I've been able to find most of the ones that I've played online, but there's one that I haven't seen any mention off. I bought it at a flea market about five years ago. Here's a picture of the cartridge in case anyone recognizes it. Unfortunately, when I moved two years ago, I lost the game, so I can't provide you with screen caps. Sorry, the game started with theme Familiar No Torino and Gang er, intro of red and blue version. However, the press start screen had been altered. Red was there, but the Pokemon did not cycle through. It also said black version under the Pokemon logo. Upon selecting new game, the game started the Professor Oak speech, and it quickly became evident that the game was essentially Pokemon red version. After selecting your starter, if you looked at your Pokemon you had, in addition to bow bustle, Char Mander or Squirtle, another Pokemon ghost, the Pokemon was level one. They had the sprite of the ghosts that are encountered in lavender town before obtaining the sylph scope. It had one attack curse. I know that there is a really move named Cursed, but the attack did not exist in Generation one, so it appears it was hacked in. Defending Pokemon were unable to attack ghost. It would only say they were too scared to move. When the move curse was used in battle, the screen would cut to black. The cry of the defending Pokemon would be heard, but it was distorted, played at a much lower pitch than normal. The battle screen would then reappear, and the defending Pokemon would be gone if used in a battle against a trainer. When the polka balls representing their Pokemon would appear in the corner, they would have won fewer poke of all. The implication was that that Pokemon died. What's even stranger is that after defeating a trainer in seeing Red received 200 for winning, the battle, commands would appear again if you selected run the battle would end as it normally does. You could also select curse if you did. Upon returning to the over world, the trainers Sprite would be gone after leaving and re entering the area. The spot where the trainer would had been would be replaced with a tombstone.