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Game Boy/Game Boy Color

When it was released in 1989, neither Nintendo nor anyone else could fathom the impact the handheld system would have on the market.  From its humble black and white beginnings to its upgrade into the world of 8-bit color, the Game Boy has enjoyed a lot of success over the years.

Portables:  Game BoyGame Boy AdvanceNintendo DS | Nintendo 3DS
Home Consoles:  Nintendo 64 | GameCube | Wii | Wii U
Downloads:  Wii Ware & Virtual Console | Nintendo eShop | Wii U Downloads

Pocket Monsters Red & Pocket Monsters Green
(ポ ケットモンスター 赤 & ポケットモンスター緑)
(Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue)

Japanese Release Date:  February 27th, 1996
American Release Date:  September 1st, 1998

Overview:  Pocket Monsters Red and Pocket Monsters Green are the role-playing games that started it all.  You play as a young boy attempting to collect the 150 pokemon in the Kanto region.  Along the way, you compete in a series of Pokemon Gyms in order to receive the gym badges you need to enter the Pokemon League.  Featuring a deep gameplay that was unheard of in a portable game at the time, the games would go on to sell millions of copies worldwide.

Changes:  For the American release, Pocket Monsters Green was released under the title Pokémon Blue.  In addition, the art files from both games were completely thrown out and replaced with that of the Japanese Pocket Monsters Blue.  The layout of the final dungeon (the cave where you can find Myuutwo) in the Japanese Red and Green games is replaced by the layout used in the Japanese Blue game for the American release.

Trivia:  It took Pocket Monsters creator Tajiri Satoshi six years to complete the game.  During this time, Game Freak almost went bankrupt, and five employees quit when they found out how serious the company's finances were.  Tajiri didn't pay himself during the final months of development.

Pocket Monsters Blue
(-No English Title-)

Japanese Release Date:  October 15th, 1996
American Release Date:  N/A

Overview:  Pocket Monsters Blue was the same game as Pocket Monsters Red and Pocket Monsters Green with a few differences.  The art used for the character in battle was completely redrawn, and the Pokemon Zukan ("Pokédex") was rewritten.  In addition, there was also a new layout for the final dungeon in the game.

Changes:  This game was never released in the United States.  The game released in the United States as Pokémon Blue was actually the Japanese Pocket Monsters Green.  However, the art file for the Japanese Blue was used for the American Red and Blue games, as was the layout to the final dungeon.

Trivia:  N/A

Official Pocket Monsters Blue Japanese Site

Pocket Monsters Pikachu
(ポケットモ ンスターピカチュウ)
(Pokémon Special Pikachu Edition)

Japanese Release Date:  September 12th, 1998
American Release Date:  October 1st, 1999

Overview:  Pocket Monsters Pikachu is the third version of the original role-playing game.  The game follows the same storylines as all the others before it, but it adds elements introduced by the anime.  Pikachu is your first pokemon, and you are able to get the other starters throughout the course of the game.  In addition, the art file has been redrawn, and the Pokemon Zukan ("Pokédex") entries have been rewritten once again.  Various characters from the anime, such as Joi, Junsa, Musashi, and Kojirou all make appearances, and a "surfing Pikachu" mini game has been added.

Changes:  The game was released in America as Pokémon Special Pikachu Edition, yet it is commonly referred to by fans as simply Pokémon Yellow.

Trivia:  N/A

Pokemon Card GB
(Pokémon Trading Card Game)

Japanese Release Date:  December 18th, 1998 
American Release Date:  April 10th, 2000

Overview:  Pokemon Card GB is a Game Boy version of the popular trading card game.  You start the game with a basic deck of cards and must battle other card game players in order to build up your deck.  Eventually, you come across strong players named card masters who help you get one step closer to your goal of obtaining the legendary pokemon cards.

Changes:  N/A

Trivia:  While the vast majority of the cards in the game have real-life counterparts, there are a few cards that are exclusive to the Game Boy game.

Players are able to trade cards with one another using the Game Boy Color's infrared sensor in the franchise's first attempt at wireless trading.

Pokemon Pinball
émon Pinball)

Japanese Release Date:  April 14th, 1999
American Release Date:  June 1st, 1999

Overview:  Pokemon Pinball, like the title suggests, is a pinball game.  There are two boards - a red board and a blue board - and the object is to capture as many pokemon as you can by ricocheting your pinball at various targets.  The pinball is actually a Monster Ball (Pokéball), and the better the ball, the easier it is to capture certain pokemon.  The game's cartridge has a rumble pack built in, enabling players to feel every bump and vibration during gameplay.

Changes:  The word GET that appeared whenever it was time to catch a pokemon was replaced by the word CATCH in the English version.

Trivia:  The song heard during "Catch 'Em Mode" is an instrumental version of Mezase Pokemon Master, the first opening theme of the Pocket Monsters anime.

Official Pokemon Pinball Japanese Site

Nintendo's Pokémon Pinball American Site

Pocket Monsters Gold & Pocket Monsters Silver
(ポケットモンスター金 & ポケットモンスター銀)
(Pokémon Gold & Pok
émon Silver)

Japanese Release Date:  November 21st, 1999
American Release Date:  October 11th, 2000

Overview:  Pocket Monsters Gold and Pocket Monsters Silver are the true sequels to the original Red and Green games.  Taking place in the new land of Jouto, the game offers 100 new pokemon not available in any previous version.  In addition, the game is the first game to include features such as pokemon gender, hold items, breeding, a night/day function, and an organized backpack.   

Changes:  Some of the pokemon available in the American Gold version are not available in the Japanese Gold version and vice versa.  The same goes for the exclusive pokemon in Pokemon Silver.

A number of pokemon sprites were altered for the American release.  The most notable change is Rougela (Jynx), who had her black skin recolored purple for the American release, but other pokemon sprites (such as Aipom, Yadon, and Donphan) were changed as well.

Certain trainer sprites were changed as well; the Fisherman got his cigarette removed, the Medium's prayer beads erased, and the Sage's hands were redrawn so that it didn't look like he was praying anymore.

Trivia:  A female trainer was originally planned to be included in this game, but fans wouldn't see such a character appear until Pocket Monsters Crystal.

Original Pocket Monsters Gold & Silver
Japanese Site

Pokemon de Panepon
émon Puzzle Challenge)

Japanese Release Date:  September 21st, 2000
American Release Date:  September 1st, 2000

Overview:  Pokemon de PanePon is the Game Boy Color version of the US-exclusive Nintendo 64 game of the same name.  The game, which is essentially PanePon (Tetris Attack in the U.S.) with pokemon decorating the screen, adds characters from the Gold and Silver versions of the games.  

Changes:  N/A

Trivia:  N/A

Official Pokemon de PanePon Japanese Site

Nintendo's Pokémon Puzzle Challenge
American Site

Pocket Monsters Crystal Version
(ポ ケットモンスター クリスタルバージョン)
(Pokémon Crystal)

Japanese Release Date:  December 14th, 2000
American Release Date:  July 30th, 2001

Overview:  Pocket Monsters Crystal Version is the update to Pocket Monsters Gold and Silver.  The game shares the same storyline as Pocket Monsters Gold and Silver, but adds a number of new features.  Players have the option of choosing to play as a male or a female trainer, the pokemon each have little animations when they first appear in battle, and a new Battle Tower has been added.

The Japanese version was compatible with a device called the Mobile System GB, a peripheral that enable players to hook their Game Boys to a mobile phone.  Players were able to trade pokemon and participate in special events through their mobile phone lines, and many of the features that would be seen in the DS games' WiFi battling saw their start here.  The English version has this feature taken out (most likely due to the fact that cell phones among kids just wasn't as popular back in 2000), so many of the features of the game are missing as a result.  The Pokemon Communication Center in Kogane City (Goldenrod City) has been replaced with a regular Pokemon Center, and the mobile features in the Battle Tower have also been removed.  The biggest omission is that without the Mobile System GB, players are unable to obtain the GS Ball and are therefore are unable to capture Celebi.

Trivia:  N/A

Official Pocket Monsters Crystal Japanese Site

Pokemon Card GB 2:  Calling on the Great Rocket-Dan!
(ポケモンカードGB2 GR団参上!)
(-No English Title-)

Japanese Release Date:  March 28th, 2001
American Release Date:  N/A

Overview:  Your road to becoming a card master continues!  In this game, players get to choose between a male character or a female character with whom they visit a new island in order to stop the Rocket-Dan from taking over the card clubs in the area!  Players have access to all the cards that had been released up to the Team Rocket expansion set.

Changes:  This game was never released in the U.S. 

Trivia:  In Japan, the game came packaged with two real-life TCG cards; Lugia and Rocket-Dan Myuutwo.

Official Pokemon Card GB 2:  Calling on the Great Rocket-Dan! Japanese Site

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Home Consoles:  Nintendo 64 | GameCube | Wii | Wii U
Downloads:  Wii Ware & Virtual Console | Nintendo eShop | Wii U Downloads



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