How long has it been by now... I think it was about 14 Years ago. I was video game interested and especially a fan of Nintendo. At this time I was kinda flashed by RPG's like Mystic Quest and Secret of Mana and as I heard that Pokémon is also an RPG it didn't take much that this young boy at the age of 12 wanted it (a bit over the intended audience but I was video game addicted, luckily). So I think I got it either on my birthday or on Christmas (which is just a rough month after) as a present on the release year. I went through cards and even bought the Pinball game but only the Anime and the main series stayed with me to this point though BW kinda scared me away, as once did mid Johto, although not as long since BW wasn't as long (which I am glad for). However, years later when I got back with AG there was a point where I went through the missed rest of Johto and I must say the end was better. At this point I stick to the main games and the Japanese subbed Anime though I still keep some distance from BW though there will be a point where I go through all the missing stuff of BW.