It’s over folks! I never thought it was possible, but after 16 days, 7 hours, and 50 minutes, Twitch Play Pokemon has conquered the Elite Four in a stunning and final battle with rival Blue. 90,ooo viewers tuned in as a tag team effort from Red’s Venomoth and Zapdos were all it took to finally take down Blue’s Blastoise, and them and all the rest of Red’s line-up are now being entered into the Hall of Fame.
In fact, Twitch Plays Pokemon has been nothing but one huge project that has defied the odds and overcome my expectations. I never thought the Rock Cave would be possible, but Twitch pulled through. I never thought the underground Team Rocket base of spinning traps could be traversed, but anarchy and democracy pulled them through. I didn’t think Omanyte would be able to evolve into Omastar, but somehow the Lord Helix was able to silence his doubters and reach his final form.
I especially never thought the Master Ball would survive long enough to capture a legendary Pokemon, but Twitch pulled through with marvelous coordination and captured a Zapdos, which proved to be their salvation against the brutal Elite Four.
What an amazing project his has been for anyone following it. The highs, the lows, the frustrations, the coordination, and especially the fan art. I’ve enjoyed watching this and tuning into the updates before even the Winter Olympics when I woke up in the morning.
The ROM’s creator also celebrated by announcing a new adventure set to begin a day after finishing, denying Twitch the chance to knock out Mewtwo. Are we expecting the next generation of Pokemon, or a whole new run-through of the exact same game to see how it plays out differently. We’ll have to wait and see.
It’s so exciting, it almost makes me want to fire up the old green Game Boy and start my own Pokemon journey… gotta go!