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| Video Games | Game Boy
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
|Pocket Monsters Red &
ケットモンスター 赤 & ポケットモンスター緑)
Red & Pokémon Blue)
Date: February 27th, 1996
Date: September 1st, 1998
Pocket Monsters Red and Pocket Monsters Green
the role-playing games that started it all. You play as a young
attempting to collect the 150 pokemon in the Kanto region. Along
way, you compete in a series of Pokemon Gyms in order to receive the
badges you need to enter the Pokemon League. Featuring a deep
that was unheard of in a portable game at the time, the games would go
to sell millions of copies worldwide.
For the American release, Pocket Monsters Green was released
the title Pokémon Blue. In addition, the art files
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
and Green games is replaced by the layout used in the Japanese Blue
game for the American release.
took Pocket Monsters creator Tajiri Satoshi six years to
the game. During this time, Game Freak almost went bankrupt, and
employees quit when they found out how serious the company's finances
Tajiri didn't pay himself during the final months of development.
||Pocket Monsters Blue
Date: October 15th, 1996
Pocket Monsters Blue was the same game as Pocket
Red and Pocket Monsters Green with a few differences.
art used for the character in battle was completely redrawn, and the
Zukan ("Pokédex") was rewritten. In
addition, there was also a new layout for the final dungeon in the
This game was never released in the United States. The game
in the United States as Pokémon Blue was actually
Japanese Pocket Monsters Green. However, the art file for
Japanese Blue was
used for the American Red and Blue
games, as was the layout to the final dungeon.
Monsters Blue Japanese Site
||Pocket Monsters Pikachu
(Pokémon Special Pikachu
Date: September 12th, 1998
Date: October 1st, 1999
Pocket Monsters Pikachu is the third version of the
role-playing game. The game follows the same storylines as all
the others before it, but it adds elements introduced by the anime.
is your first pokemon, and you are able to get the other starters
throughout the course of the game.
addition, the art file has been redrawn, and the Pokemon Zukan ("Pokédex") entries have been
once again. Various characters from the anime, such as Joi,
Musashi, and Kojirou all make appearances, and a "surfing Pikachu" mini
The game was released in America as Pokémon Special Pikachu Edition,
yet it is commonly referred to by fans as simply Pokémon Yellow.
|Pokemon Card GB
(Pokémon Trading Card Game)
Date: December 18th, 1998
Date: April 10th, 2000
Pokemon Card GB is a Game Boy version of the popular
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.
you come across strong players named card masters who help you get one
step closer to your goal of obtaining the legendary pokemon cards.
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.
to trade cards with one another using the Game Boy Color's infrared
in the franchise's first attempt at wireless trading.
Date: April 14th, 1999
Date: June 1st, 1999
Pokemon Pinball, like the title suggests, is a
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
pinball at various targets. The pinball is actually a Monster
(Pokéball), and the better the ball,
easier it is to capture certain pokemon. The game's cartridge has
rumble pack built in, enabling players to feel every bump and vibration
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
Pinball Japanese Site
|Pocket Monsters Gold &
(ポケットモンスター金 & ポケットモンスター銀)
(Pokémon Gold & Pokémon Silver)
Date: November 21st, 1999
Date: October 11th, 2000
Pocket Monsters Gold and Pocket Monsters Silver
the true sequels to the original Red and Green games.
place in the new land of Jouto, the game offers 100 new pokemon not
in any previous version. In addition, the game is the first game
include features such as pokemon gender, hold
breeding, a night/day function, and an organized backpack.
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.
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.
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.
Monsters Gold & Silver
|Pokemon de Panepon
Date: September 21st, 2000
Date: September 1st, 2000
de PanePon is the Game Boy Color version of the US-exclusive
Nintendo 64 game of
same name. The game, which is essentially PanePon (Tetris
Attack in the U.S.) with pokemon decorating the screen, adds
from the Gold and Silver versions of the games.
de PanePon Japanese Site
||Pocket Monsters Crystal Version
Date: December 14th, 2000
Pocket Monsters Crystal Version is the update to Pocket
Gold and Silver. The game shares the same
as Pocket Monsters Gold and Silver, but adds a number
features. Players have the option of choosing to play as a male
a female trainer, the pokemon each have little animations when they
appear in battle, and a new Battle Tower has been added.
Date: July 30th, 2001
The Japanese version was compatible with a device called the Mobile
GB, a peripheral that enable players to hook their Game Boys to a
phone. Players were able to trade pokemon and participate in
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.
English version has this
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.
Pokemon Communication Center in Kogane City (Goldenrod City) has been
with a regular Pokemon Center, and the mobile features in the Battle
have also been removed. The biggest omission is that without the
System GB, players are unable to obtain the GS Ball and are therefore
to capture Celebi.
Monsters Crystal Japanese Site
|Pokemon Card GB 2:
Calling on the Great Rocket-Dan!
(-No English Title-)
Date: March 28th, 2001
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.
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
Official Pokemon Card GB 2: Calling on the
Great Rocket-Dan! Japanese Site