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The fascinating story of how Mew saved Pokemon Red and Blue

Published: 15/Apr/2020 20:43

by Paul Cot


In the late 90s there weren’t any games more popular than Pokemon Red and Blue. Its huge success may have revolved around the mystery of Mew.

Fans know just how important Pokemon’s first games were to the franchise. What they might not know though is sales of the game, to begin with, were less than expected.

Sales were slow at the beginning

“I recall that the initial number of units to be shipped was smaller than I’d expected. With that number of units, I imagined that they’d fly out of the shops and that stock would run dry very quickly. But sadly, that’s wasn’t to be,” Tsunekazu Ishihara revealed in a 2009 interview.

Pokemon Red and Blue were the first ever Pokemon games released in North America and Europe…

That interview took place in the build up to Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver and revealed more about Pokemon Red and Blue than just sales figures.

The interviewer, Satoru Iwata, pressed about this relatively sluggish start and what Ishihara and Shigeki Morimoto attributed it to.

Ishihara believed it was due to a few reasons – a combination of word of mouth, the power of the CoroCoro Comic and just how fun Pokemon is.

The President of the Pokemon Company did reveal another reason, too: “Finally, there was also the small matter of Mew, the Pokemon that Morimoto-san contrived as a kind of prank.”

He went on to say: “There’s no denying that Mew’s existence played an extremely significant role.”

Mew Pokemon RedMew appearing in Pokemon Red following a glitch…

Mew wasn’t supposed to be there

The infamous 151st Pokemon was never supposed to be included in the first Pokemon games, however. The story of how it got there in the first place is one of folklore.

“We put Mew in right at the very end. The cartridge was really full and there wasn’t room for much more on there,” Morimoto revealed. It was only because the debug features weren’t included in the final version of the game, that Mew could fit in.

With the strict testing procedures that today’s games go through, something like this would have only been possible back then. This was after being told not to alter the game once the debug process had finished.

This theoretically could have broken the game but fortunately it didn’t. Instead the mystique of Mew propeled Pokemon Red and Blue into gaming history for all the right reasons.

Pokemon’s first Mythical species couldn’t actually be found in the game without exploiting a glitch or cheating.

However, following a special competition, 20 lucky Pokemon trainers were given the opportunity to send in their GameBoy cartridges and have Mew uploaded onto them.


Where to find new Regi-Pokemon, Regieleki Regidrago, in the Crown Tundra

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:47 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 16:57

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC has brought an array of new and returning Legendary Pokemon with some brand new Regi-Pokemon among them. Here’s where you can find Regieleki and Regidrago.

The original Regis were introduced all the way back in the Hoenn region. Since then, there hasn’t been any new ones released, so the addition of Regieleki and Regidrago will certainly be welcomed.

They are only available in the Crown Tundra portion of Pokemon Sword and Shield. Fortunately you can get them almost immediately, which is in contrast to the story driven process of catching Calyrex.

The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away

Before we can get these exciting new Regi ‘mons though, we’ll need to catch the originals. They can be found in temples throughout the Crown Tundra, and unlike in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, they are easy to encounter.

Here’s Regirock, Regice and Registeel’s temple locations:

  • Regirock: Northeast of Dyna Tree Hill
  • Regice: Snowslide Slope
  • Registeel: West of Giant’s Bed
Regirock Regice Registeel Crown Tundra
Pokemon Company
Regirock, Regice and Registeel are actually pretty easy to get hold of in the Crown Tundra…

Catch Regirock, Regice and Registeel first

When you reach any of the above locations, you will be given a small puzzle to solve. Don’t worry, as we said before you don’t need to be a Pokemon master to solve these.

When opening Regirock’s temple in Dyna Tree Hill you’ll be greeted with the message: “Let the first Pokemon hold a never-changing stone.” Sounds complicated, right? Wrong.

Simply give the first Pokemon in your party an Everstone and you’ll be granted access to the temple.

Meanwhile, Regice’s temple asks you to “Walk together with a living crystal of snow.” So, to open the temple, you’ll need to make a Cryogonal your Buddy Pokemon.

By sheer coincidence (not so much), there’ll be one outside in the closest patch of grass. Buddy up with one and you’ll be encountering Regice in no time.

Lastly, there is the formidable Registeel. This is even easier than the first two as the message, “Let ring the piercing note that will wake the giant of steel,” requires nothing more than a whistle.

That seems an overly simplistic way to awaken one of the strongest Legendary Pokemon, but we’re not complaining. Each temple has a pattern of Regi dots on the floor. To begin the encounter of each Regi, light up all of these by walking across them – it really is that simple!

Regieleki OR Regidrago

Unsurprisingly finding Regieleki and Regidrago isn’t as easy. Firstly head over to the Giant’s Foot within the Crown Tundra.

Eventually, you’ll come to a tunnel overlooking a lake, these are the Roaring-Sea Caves. Jump on your aquatic bike and make your way down there.

This will take you to an area called the Frigid Sea. You’ll need to jump back in the water very quickly, making your way to the land opening to your right. Try to avoid the Avaluggs which are disguised as icebergs!

Keep making your way round to find the temple where Regieleki and Regidrago reside. Unfortunately, you cannot get both of these Pokemon, at least within the same save file. So, you’ll need to make a tough choice between the electric or dragon-type Regi.

Regieleki Regidrago Pattern
Use the pattern on the left to encounter Regieleki, and the one on the right for Regidrago…

The temple – Split-Decision Ruins

As you approach the temple, there is a Pokeball on either side. The one on the left contains the TM Thunder and the one on the right Outrage – their sides indicate which of Regieleki and Regidrago you’ll encounter.

To enter you’ll need to have all three of the original Regis in your party. This of course shouldn’t be a problem, given we have just caught all of them. At this point, we’d recommend saving just in case you change your mind on anything.

Upon entering the Split-Decision Ruins you’ll notice you’re shown two patterns. Remember these, as the left one will result in encountering Regieleki and the right Regidrago.

Using the circles on the ground, walk across them to make one of these two patterns. Walk over to the statue and you’ll be able to encounter the Regi-Pokemon you chose via the pattern.

Both of these will be at Level 70, just like other Legendary ‘mons. It’s a shame you can’t get both of them, which makes your decision all the more important.

One other very exciting thing about these Regis, and the originals, is they can all be found in Shiny form, unlike a lot of other Legendaries that are Shiny locked. It may take you a lot of soft resets, but if you’re patient enough, you could have four Regi-shinies by the time you complete The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away chapter.