Hello fellow Marrilanders! We have reached a point for our staff team where recruiting new members is necessary — so we are opening up applications!
If you are interested, you can find more information in this thread.
My first starter was Charmander. I got myself FireRed version and couldn't decide on Squirtle or Charmander. I knew enough about the game to know that your rival picked the one strongest against yours because my brother had LeafGreen and got all the way to the Elite Four. So, since I liked both, I chose Charmander because I knew I would still see Squirtle.