Pokémon: Red, Green & Blue Version

ポケットモンスター 赤・緑・青

Pokémon: Red, Green & Blue Version
System Game Boy, Game Boy Advance
Developer Game Freak
Genre RPG

You live in a world inhabited by Pokémon, wild creatures that can be tamed by Pokémon Trainers for use in battles. It is your first day as a Pokémon Trainer. As you set out from Pallet Town, Professor Oak, the local Pokémon expert, gives you your first Pokémon.

Catch Pokémon with Poké Balls and take them into battle against other Trainers to level them up, learn new attacks and evolve them into stronger forms. Earn the Gym badges and challenge the Elite Four to become the Pokémon Champion.

You can also trade Pokémon with other players and battle them using the Game Boy Link Cable.

Alternate Versions

Pokémon: Yellow Version

Pokémon: Yellow Version

A special edition of the Pokémon Red & Blue. Inspired by the TV show, you start the game with Pikachu who follows you around on the map. You can also find Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle depending on how happy Pikachu is.

Battle graphics have been improved and the game has more support for the Super Game Boy and Game Boy Color palettes. A new Surfing minigame has been added, and you will face Jesse and James of Team Rocket.

Pokémon: FireRed & LeafGreen Version

Pokémon: FireRed & LeafGreen Version

A remake of Pokémon Red & Green. The entire game has been redesigned from the ground up, with all-new graphics and sound, and added support for linking with Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire, including new Pokémon and attacks. The game also features a selection between a male and female character, and adds some new areas to explore after you clear the main game.

The games are packaged with the GBA Wireless Adapter, allowing for wireless local link-up with other copies of the game.

Release Information

Red Version

Region Date Name System
Japan 27 Feb 1996 ポケットモンスター 赤 Pocket Monster Aka Game Boy
US Sep 1998 Pokémon: Red Version Game Boy
Europe 07 Oct 1999 Pokémon: Red Version Game Boy

Green Version

Region Date Name System
Japan 27 Feb 1996 ポケットモンスター 緑 Pocket Monster Midori Game Boy

Blue Version

Region Date Name System
Japan 15 Oct 1996 ポケットモンスター 青 Pocket Monster Ao Game Boy
US Sep 1998 Pokémon: Blue Version Game Boy
Europe 07 Oct 1999 Pokémon: Blue Version Game Boy

Yellow Version

Region Date Name System
Japan 12 Sep 1998 ポケットモンスター ピカチュウ Pocket Monster Pikachu Game Boy
US 25 Oct 1999 Pokémon: Yellow Version Game Boy Color
Europe 15 Jun 2000 Pokémon: Yellow Version Game Boy Color

FireRed Version (Game Boy Advance)

Region Date Name System
Japan 29 Jan 2004 ポケットモンスター ファイアレッド Pocket Monster FireRed Game Boy Advance
US 09 Sep 2004 Pokémon: FireRed Version Game Boy Advance
Europe 01 Oct 2004 Pokémon: FireRed Version Game Boy Advance

LeafGreen Version (Game Boy Advance)

Region Date Name System
Japan 29 Jan 2004 ポケットモンスター リーフグリーン Pocket Monster LeafGreen Game Boy Advance
US 09 Sep 2004 Pokémon: LeafGreen Version Game Boy Advance
Europe 01 Oct 2004 Pokémon: LeafGreen Version Game Boy Advance

Cameos

Hero & Rival's Japanese Names

Hero & Rival's Japanese Names

In the Japanese version of Pokémon Red, one of the default names for the hero is "Satoshi", and one of the default names for your rival is "Shigeru". These names refer to Satoshi Tajiri, the Game Freak designer who developed Pokémon, and Shigeru Miyamoto, the world-renowned Nintendo developer. The names are reversed in Pokémon Green. Satoshi Tajiri has gone on record saying he always wanted to produce a game as popular as one of Shigeru Miyamoto's.

It is also worth noting that these names were selected for the hero and rival in the Japanese anime series.

Submitted by Fryguy64

Mario & Wario

Mario & Wario on SNES

Head to the Mimic Girl's house in Saffron City and check out her SNES console. You get the following description of the game she's playing:

"A game with MARIO wearing a bucket on his head!"

This refers to Mario & Wario, a Japan-only SNES puzzle game that was developed by Game Freak, the developers of Pokémon.

Game Freak

Game Freak Development Room

In Celadon City, you can find the Game Freak development room in one of the buildings and talk to the staff who worked on Pokémon, including a programmer, artist, musician and director. You receive a diploma from the director if you catch all 150 Pokémon.

Submitted by Fryguy64, Wanderingshadow

Saint Anne

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In Japan, the ship S.S. Anne is named the Saint Anne. This was also the name of the computer that created the hero in the Game Freak game Pulseman on the Sega Genesis.

Submitted by TV Eye

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