Reunited – Pokémon Gold

Have you ever lost a game? Not simply seeing the “Round Lost” or continue screen, but you could no longer find a game once in your possession. Anyone who played enough games as a kid or has amassed enough games as a collector will likely have had something similar happen to them. Pokémon Gold was one of my favorite Game Boy Color games and one that represented many cherished childhood memories. Somewhere over the course of moving from my parents house(and several other times), I had lost track of my copy of Pokémon Gold. I had looked through every nook and cranny where I had scattered my collection of games, but….just couldn’t find it. I had slowly just accepted the idea that I MUST have sold the game in one of the couple times I went through with downsizing my collection, but…I still had the box and manual from the game. However, if I had gone through and sold the game in an episode of foolishness…why would I have not bothered to sell the game as a complete-in-box(CIB) copy and made the extra cash for it?

It was just this past weekend that I was surprised with my original, childhood copy of Pokémon Gold. It turns out, a nephew had…”borrowed” the game years back and “forgot” to return it, assuming I wouldn’t have noticed or cared the game was missing. Along with it, I found myself with the copy of Pokémon FireRed for the Game Boy Advance that I had also assumed was long gone…it was a joyous reunion, nonetheless.

Then why did I have the bowl, Bart? Why did I have the bowl…?

It’s been eighty-four years just over twenty years now since I first played Pokémon Gold. The game was released in North America on October 15, 2000, nearly a full year after Gold & Silver had been released in Japan. I had come down with a severe case of Poké-mania a year or so prior, and had finally gotten a Game Boy Color and copy of Pokémon Red of my own earlier that year. I remember most of my time in the spring/summer of 2000 was spent reading through my prized issues of Nintendo Power, which usually contained a wealth of Pokémon-related news or game tips and getting hyped for the release of the next Pokémon game, along with another little Nintendo 64 game titled Perfect Dark…which I may have also mentioned once or twice on this blog.

I don’t recall the date when I got Pokémon Gold, but I remember it being only a few weeks after it was released, so I’d say it was probably the beginning of November. I had been extra-motivated to assist my parents around our home and managed to actually save, yes, NOT spend every cent of my allowance as I was determined to begin another journey through the Johto Region on my way to becoming a Pokémon master. I can still remember pretty clearly the day we went into town for my parents to pick up a few things. We stopped by the K-Mart store in town(yes, this WAS twenty-one years ago) and I was able to finally grab a copy of Pokémon Gold, a game I had wanted more than anything else in the world. Before we had left for town, I had realized that I had enough money saved up for a couple games…how awesome is that? Along with Pokémon Gold, I decided on the Spider-Man Game Boy Color game – the one based off the 90’s cartoon, one of my other favorites next to the Batman and Pokémon animated series’. After that, I still had just enough money to pick up an official Game Boy Color travel case so I could somewhat protect my precious handheld as well as carry around a few games. I remember the feeling of pride and satisfaction at being able to point to something that I paid for with my own hard-earned(?) cash as I attempted to plug in my little accessory light and play Pokémon Gold on the ride back home.

* I sadly don’t still have the Spider-Man game and I’m not entirely sure what happened to the travel case…one mystery at a time, I guess.

It does feel pretty nice having my original childhood copy of Pokémon Gold, especially after assuming I’d either lost or, for some reason, sold the game and wasn’t likely to see it again. The game has much sentimental value in being a game I felt such pride in being able to go into a store and buy myself, as well as something I loved playing in those early Junior High School days. It also has a monetary value, as the prices of older Nintendo, especially Pokémon games have been skyrocketing the past few years…so, it’s a double-win!

So, how about you? Have you ever lost track of an old game from your childhood and assumed it was lost forever, only to stumble across it years later? Let me know. Thanks for reading, fellow trainers!

Author: Gaming Omnivore

Just a guy who loves video games, drinks way too much coffee and can recite way too many Simpsons episodes...

7 thoughts on “Reunited – Pokémon Gold”

  1. I sort of had a similar experience… I used to have the Mario GBA SP, and a handful of GBA games including Pokémon Leaf Green/Sapphire, a couple Mario games, and others. I have no idea where they are. I don’t remember selling them or giving them away, and I don’t think I would do that considering I still have my GBC!

    They’ve vanished. I suspect they’re in my parent’s attic, but they insist they’ve looked and can’t find them. 😣😭

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    1. Yeah, there’s still many more games that I own(ed) growing up that I don’t know whatever happened to them…

      I wish I knew what happened to some of my other random GBC games like Super Mario Bros. DX, Donkey Kong Country, and Perfect Dark. Not rare titles by any means, but I’d still like to know where they went…

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    1. I’ve heard lots of stories just like that…😔 I knew a kid in school whose parents literally threw an NES and all their games in the garbage because they had concept of someone wanting to hang on to “toys” and assumed they’d never be worth anything…

      The only games(that I’m aware of) my parents sold were the family Atari 2600 and games when I was really young, as well as the random collection of NES games my family had…including such notable gems as Rambo, Karate Kid and Jaws 🤔

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  2. Yay! Glad you were happily reunited with your copy of Pokemon Gold.

    I will never forgive my teenage self for selling my old Nintendo 64 with all the games I loved when I got a GameCube 😭

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    1. Yeah…there’s plenty of N64/GBC/GameCube games that I wish I would have held on to. I remember my brother and I trading in a stack of GameCube and Game Boy Color games to finally get a PS2(GTA:Vice City naturally being the first game we got).

      In the last years and a half, Nintendo games in general, but especially GameCube games have become increasingly expensive AND hard to find. I still regret letting go of Wario World just about every day…😔

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