Best Handheld to Catch up with Pokemon?

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#1  Edited By aMyLoO2007
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Hey guys, I've had this undying urge to catch up on all the great Pokemon games I've missed. I haven't really played since yellow was out! I'm looking for the best cost effective way to catch up.. I'm thinking maybe a DS Lite since it has the GBA Slot too. Let me know y'alls opinions..thanks!

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#2  Edited By joel_c17
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Probably ds - but pc is a good alternative too.

Edit - i forgot 3ds plays ds games, so probably that.

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#3  Edited By hydralisk86
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@joel_c17 said:

Probably ds - but pc is a good alternative too.

Edit - i forgot 3ds plays ds games, so probably that.

What do you mean by PC? Computers don't play pokemon games.

Best cost effective way of catching up might be the DS, because you can play the DS pokemon games as well as the game boy advance ones.

If you want to play the older ones, a game boy advance might help with Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, and Crystal versions, and the game boy advance ones.

A 3DS would let you play X and Y.

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#4 joel_c17
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@hydralisk86: lol sure it doesn't *rolls eyes* I reckon 3ds - you get all the ds games and the new x and y

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#5 Jaysonguy
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DSLite

You get the GBA games and then the DS games

When you're caught up grab the 3DS

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#6 ANIMEguy10034
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@Jaysonguy said:

DSLite

You get the GBA games and then the DS games

When you're caught up grab the 3DS

This.

@joel_c17 said:

Probably ds - but pc is a good alternative too.

I don't think we're supposed to talk about that method here. ;)

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#7  Edited By TR1C0N
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@Jaysonguy: I completely agree there are only two pokemon games specialized to the 3DS making the DS Lite the number one pick hands down. Although an SD will be handy too for playing all of the older gameboy and gamboy color games aswell as the gameboy advance games, plus it has a built in light like the newer models.

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#8  Edited By deactivated-5c8ff6a32bb23
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Either DS or GBA/GBA SP. With DS, you can play DS games and GBA games. With GBA or GBA SP, you can play GBA games and GB games.

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#9 Sora278
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DS lite would give you access to every main Pokemon game besides X/Y. The GBA slot lets you play FR/LG, R/S/E and the DS plays D/P/P, HG/SS, B/W, and B2/W2.

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#10  Edited By AmazonTreeBoa
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Don't get me wrong, I like Pokemon, but I don't understand why people would want to own every game. Most of them are the same exact game with different Pokemon. I only buy one Pokemon game per gen.

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#11  Edited By wiifan001
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With a DS Lite you can play generations 1-5 (if you want to play the remakes for gen 1 & 2).

That includes the

  • GBA 3rd gen Ruby / Sapphire / Emerald
  • the 4th gen Diamond / Pearl / Platinum
  • the 5th gen Black / White
  • the 5th gen sequels Black 2 / White 2

And if you are willing to play the remakes, you can grab Pokemon FireRed / Leafgreen, remakes of Gen 1, AND the remakes of Gen 2: Heartgold / Soulsilver.

Remakes or not, the DS Lite is the best option for pokemon games.

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#12 Jaysonguy
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@wiifan001 said:

With a DS Lite you can play generations 1-5 (if you want to play the remakes for gen 1 & 2).

That includes the

  • GBA 3rd gen Ruby / Sapphire / Emerald
  • the 4th gen Diamond / Pearl / Platinum
  • the 5th gen Black / White
  • the 5th gen sequels Black 2 / White 2

And if you are willing to play the remakes, you can grab Pokemon FireRed / Leafgreen, remakes of Gen 1, AND the remakes of Gen 2: Heartgold / Soulsilver.

Remakes or not, the DS Lite is the best option for pokemon games.

Correct

Actually if we're talking the best case scenario I would grab a Gamecube, Gameboy Player for the Gamecube, and a DSLite

Play the GBA games on your TV with the Gameboy Player, transfer those Pokemon over to the DS games with the DSLite, and when you're ready to go to the 3DS you'll have all the Pokemon you've played with.

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#13 AmazonTreeBoa
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You need two systems. A Gameboy Advance and a 3DS.

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#14 Blabadon
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I don't feel bad at all about saying you can comfortably skip everything related to Pokemon X and Y unless you really somehow get into competitive multiplayer.

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#15 TJDMHEM
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the 3ds.

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@AmazonTreeBoa said:

You need two systems. A Gameboy Advance and a 3DS.

That's the worst idea of them all

He would be unable to have GBA Pokemon appear in the DS games. Worse yet he'd be unable to transfer his Pokemon from the GBA games to his DS games.

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@Jaysonguy said:

@AmazonTreeBoa said:

You need two systems. A Gameboy Advance and a 3DS.

That's the worst idea of them all

He would be unable to have GBA Pokemon appear in the DS games. Worse yet he'd be unable to transfer his Pokemon from the GBA games to his DS games.

Yes he would. Just borrow a friends system to do that one time exchange. Buying a system to do something once is pretty stupid to say the least. So yes, it is the best idea.

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#18 Jaysonguy
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@AmazonTreeBoa said:

@Jaysonguy said:

@AmazonTreeBoa said:

You need two systems. A Gameboy Advance and a 3DS.

That's the worst idea of them all

He would be unable to have GBA Pokemon appear in the DS games. Worse yet he'd be unable to transfer his Pokemon from the GBA games to his DS games.

Yes he would. Just borrow a friends system to do that one time exchange. Buying a system to do something once is pretty stupid to say the least. So yes, it is the best idea.

There's not a one time exchange.

Also transferring over all the Pokmeon at once would be a chore, it's something that should be done over time.