My obsession with the Pokemon: Trading Card Game

I’ve been working on writing a blog about the Pokemon: Trading Card Game on the 3DS Virtual Console. What started as a bit of a “Looking Back” quickly spun out of control and shifted into a blog about the digital collectible card game genre. So, I’m decided to break the two into a mini-series. In this first blog, I’ll focus specifically on the Pokemon TCG games. Then in the follow-up blog, I’ll discuss my thoughts on the genre.

I’m not afraid or ashamed to admit that I enjoy playing Pokemon. However, my interest in the franchise has stayed almost entirely with the mainline games. Outside of the video games and the animated series, the Pokemon: Trading Card Game is probably its largest branch. And, with the recently renewed popularity of its trading cards, I wanted to learn more.

The Pokemon: TCG Colosseum Pack

Let’s start on Game Boy Color

I don’t have a deck, nor do I have anyone to play with. I wanted to learn about the game but I didn’t feel like I was in any position to buy the cards (that’s not even considering the fact that they’re next to impossible to find). What I did instead, was pick up the Game Boy Color game, Pokemon: Trading Card Game through the 3DS Virtual Console. It’s over 20 years old but thankfully, it’s only six dollars (CDN). My thought was that if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t feel like I wasted any money.

At the time of this post, I’ve amassed over nine hours of playtime and have collected five of the eight medals you need. Unsurprisingly, the gameplay mechanics of Pokemon: TCG is very easy to grasp and there isn’t too much you need to learn. But as with most Pokemon games, there is plenty of grinding involved but it hasn’t taken away from the experience. At the same time, it’s a game that relies so heavily on luck. I don’t feel there is much skill involved and it’s really about how lucky you are with your draw of cards and how you play them.

Easy to Grasp with a lot of depth