about 4 years ago
When I was 15 I racked up 125+ hours on each cartridge, plus about 80 on yellow. The start of a long term love/hate relationship with the franchise, even now I cannot fault these games as they are so well made.
The graphics make the absolute best of what the Game Boy had to offer, simplistic yet detailed enough that nothing is confusing (many game boy games suffered from too many objects looking the same). The music is up there with Links Awakening and Super Mario Land in the chiptune loveliness stakes.
Sparse in parts, and the remakes improved things (as well as allowing Pokes to be used and bumped up all the way to X/Y if you had the hardware) but there will always be a fondness within me for these games.