Pokémon FireRed / LeafGreen (Game Boy Advance) Review

By Karn Spydar Lee Bianco 22.10.2004

Review for Pokémon FireRed / LeafGreen on Game Boy Advance

Nintendo must be thanking its lucky stars that Pok

If you are remotely interested in this game, then it is quite possible that you are going to fall into one of two categories; those who have played the originals, and those who are new to the series. Funnily enough those are the only two possibilities, but anyway we must press on. Either way you will have been hard pressed not to become aware of the immense praise the originals and all titles since, have received. Re-releasing classic games is often a risky business; on the one hand you open up possibilities to expand on any faults with the originals, but on the other you run the risk of ruining what made it great in the first place. Well, fans of the original will be glad to hear that very little has been changed at all, bits and pieces have been added here and there, but nothing significant enough to dramatically change the way you play the game in any way. This is by no means a bad thing of course, but just a little lazy on Nintendo's part.

What is it the makes the games so great, though? Well, in a word it's the simplicity of all it all. You won't need to navigate any complex menu systems, learn any intricate button combinations or anything that may be familiar to hardened RPG veterans. Rather Pok

Screenshot for Pokémon FireRed / LeafGreen on Game Boy Advance

Gameplay is split up nicely into exploring and battling sections, with the player never feeling particularly overwhelmed with too much of one and not enough of the other. Exploring consists of travelling to various towns around the world, that each have vast amounts of paths and fields surrounding them, all of which are littered with wild Pok

Screenshot for Pokémon FireRed / LeafGreen on Game Boy Advance

Of course you've probably heard all that before, so let's get down to what makes FireRed and LeafGreen worthy investments for those who have played the originals. First off is the very generous decision from Nintendo to include a free Wireless adaptor with every game! Currently only compatible with the two new Pok

Screenshot for Pokémon FireRed / LeafGreen on Game Boy Advance

In regards to the presentation of the game, FR and LG are largely improved over their original counterparts, but remain far from perfect. Graphically the game looks very nice indeed, each Pok

Screenshot for Pokémon FireRed / LeafGreen on Game Boy Advance

Cubed3 Rating

Rated 9 out of 10

Exceptional - Gold Award

Rated 9 out of 10

If you loved it the first time then chances are you're going to love it all over again. Despite being extremely similar in many respects, there should be enough here to keep things fresh and never tiresome. Nintendo could have done much more in many respects and have been ultimately rather lazy with these latest outings, but who can blame them when they know full well how well they were going to sell regardless. Conclusion; whether you're new to the series, or a dedicated Pok


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C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  5/10 (35 Votes)

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