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.


How to beat Kyogre in Pokemon Go: strategy & best counters

Published: 20/Jan/2021 0:59

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Go is kicking off the new year by celebrating the Hoenn region in January. This month players will revisit Ruby & Sapphire to take on Kyogre. Here is how to beat the Gen III Legendary in no time.

Niantic is dedicating the start of 2021 to all previous Generations, leading up to Pokemon’s 25th anniversary. In January, Go players will be able to face off against Ruby & Sapphire’s Legendary Kyogre.

The Legendary whale offers up a serious challenge, but can be taken down fairly easily with the right counters. We will go over the best way to take down the mighty beast.

Pokemon Kyogre, and Groudon in Go Hoenn Celebration.
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Gen III Legendaries will be featured in Raids during the Hoenn celebration.

How to defeat Kyogre in Pokemon Go

First introduced in Gen III’s Ruby & Sapphire, Kyogre has been a fan-favorite of Water-type Trainers for over the last decade. The primordial whale is both epic in size, and powerful in its attacks.

While intimidating for sure, the weather trio beast also has some major weaknesses that players can exploit rather easily with the right team of Pokemon.

Players will want to heavily focus on both Electric and Grass types to bring the ‘mon down. Below we will go over the best team and counters to achieve victory.

Screenshot of Legendary Zekrom in Pokemon anime.
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The Gen V Legendary is one of the best counters to Kyogre.

Best counters for Kyogre in Pokemon Go

  • Zekrom: The Black & White Legendary is a perfect counter to the Kyogre as its strong Electric moves will melt away the beast’s health. We recommend using Charge Beam and Wild Charge attacks.
  • Tangrowth: The Gen IV evolution is a perfect choice to leverage the Hoenn ‘mon’s Grass weakness. Vine Whip and Power Whip will quickly chip away the monster’s health.
  • Electivire: A favorite from Diamond & Pearl, the Electabuzz evolution packs a mean punch with Thundershock and Wild Charge attack combo.
  • Zapdos: A part of the Gen I bird trio, Zapdos is another great choice to take down Kyogre. Both Thundershock and Thunderbolt.

While there are a wide variety of Grass and Electric monsters we can use, not everyone has a powerful elite team of ‘mon, especially newcomers to the game. Below we will go over some lower-entry picks that can still pack a punch.

Screenshot of Gen 3 starter evolution Sceptile in Pokemon anime.
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Sceptile and other budget Grass and Electric Pokemon can also bring the whale down.
  • Roserade: Introduced in Diamond & Pearl, the Grass type is a solid budget level counter for the whale. We recommend using Razor Leaf and Solar Beam.
  • Jolteon: One of the most popular Eeveelutions of all time, the Electric type is easy to obtain in Go and powerful. Both Thundershock Thunderbolt will hit the Water Legendary hard.
  • Sceptile: The Gen III starter evolution has strong Grass moves that take advantage of Kyogre’s second stat weakness. Both Bullet Seed and Leaf Blade make for a deadly combination.
  • Luxray: The adorable Electric Lion is another entry level encounter that help you bring down the beast. Use Spark and Wild Charge.

For veteran players, Shadow versions of Raikou and Electivire are technically the absolute best and quickest way to defeat Kyogre. However, these rare ‘mon had to have been acquired in the past.

Ultimately, teaming up with a group of players who have Electric and Grass type Pokemon will bring down the weather trio Legendary. Use moves suggested above and feel free to mix and match with other characters.