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Where it all started... for us outside Japan anyway!
on 2 March 2016
I wrote a similar thing for Yellow version but the same applies here so:
My childhood in a cartridge (or at least part of my childhood)
I don't even need to review the game itself - you all know it's a classic.
Be aware that these old Gameboy cartridges rely on a battery to maintain a save file. No battery, no save. And the ones installed at manufacture are now well over 10 years old and many are now failing.
Here are 2 solutions:
Replace the battery. You will need a new cr1616 battery (worth about £2) and a special screwdriver for Gameboy games (about £5 or ask nicely at any decent 2nd hand game shop if you can use one) Slide apart the cartridge, carefully remove the old battery (might need fine cutters) from the metal contacts, slide in the new battery, secure with a few layers of insulating tape and put it all back together. Mine has been working for a few months no issues. Just make sure you get a decent brand of battery and no knock offs.
Get Pokémon Stadium 2 for Nintendo 64 and the Gameboy adapter pack. You can store your items and pokemon on there with no fear of batteries running out. If I'm not playing for a while, I move everything on there in case of battery failure.