i was 7 years old and it was pretty soon after the release date. traded in my copy of pokemon red so that i'd have enough money for it. looking back, this was an awful idea and i don't know why i didn't just trade in some crappy games i played less.
the guy at the counter of GAME TRADER in Biloxi, MS was like "do you want the imported japanese version?" and my dad literally got angry and was like "it's not in english why would you even offer that to a child"
anyway i played that game more than any other game i have played in my life, maybe. i feel like it's more of my hometown than my actual real-life hometown.