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Pokémon Red Version (Game Boy)

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You've finally been granted your Pokémon trainer's license. Now, it's time to head out to become the world greatest Pokémon trainer. Starting with just one Pokémon, you need to train hard and vigorously to defeat all 8 gym leaders and the Elite Four.

You start out in a simple town with just one Pokémon. With that Pokémon, it's up to you to battle and catch 5 other Pokémon and train them to become strong enough to defeat your rivals. There are 150 Pokémon to catch, and along the way you can teach your Pokèmon new moves, so every Pokémon is different and unique. Because of this, no Pokémon is the best. You need to maintain a well-balanced team of six Pokémon to defeat any challenge that you face. But remember, there are always other trainers out there willing to prove that they can beat you, so be prepared to battle it out with other trainers as well as the Gym Leaders.

Not only that, but Pokémon Red allows you to interact with other Pokémon owners. Find a friend with Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue or Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition battle it out with one another. You can trade your creatures with each other, because neither Red nor Blue has all 150 Pokémon. Interaction is essential to becoming a Pokémon master!

It's going to take all you've got to collect 150 Pokémon in this enormous world. Catch them, battle them, trade them. Can you develop the ultimate strategy to defeat the eight Gym Leaders and become the greatest Pokémon Master of all time?

Pokémon Red differentiates itself from Pokémon Blue in that there are different Pokèmon in each game. Common Pokémon in Red are uncommon in Blue, and those in Blue may not even show up in Red. It requires both games to collect all 150 Pokémon and become a Pokémon master.


Pokémon Red Version Game Boy Danger ahead- Fat boy!
Pokémon Red Version Game Boy Pokemon status
Pokémon Red Version Game Boy That will teach him!
Pokémon Red Version Game Boy You can catch wild pokemon with poke balls

Alternate Titles

  • "ポケットモンスター 赤" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Pokémon Version Rouge" -- French Title
  • "Pokémon Versione Rossa" -- Italian Title
  • "Pokémon Rote Version: Schnapp' sie Dir alle!" -- German tag-lined title
  • "Pokémon Rote Edition" -- German Title
  • "Pokémon Red Version: Gotta catch 'em all!" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Pokémon Edición Roja: ¡Hazte con todos!" -- Spanish tag-lined title
  • "Pokémon Edición Roja" -- Spanish Title
  • "Pocket Monsters Akai" -- Japanese Title

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User Reviews

Too tedious to play Pixelspeech (955) 1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars
The Spark that started the Fire... Lawnmower Man (140) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
One of my first gaming experiences. Spag (70) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars

The Press Says

Total! (Germany) Sep, 1999 1 out of 6 100
IGN Jun 23, 1999 10 out of 10 100
Portable Review Jun 08, 2007 38 out of 40 95 May 06, 2008 93 out of 100 93
Super Play Oct, 1999 92 out of 100 92
Game Critics Jun 24, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life Apr 28, 2009 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Player One Oct, 1999 89 out of 100 89
HonestGamers Nov 26, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Gamekult Oct 15, 2000 7 out of 10 70


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The man behind Pocket Monsters, Satoshi Tajiri, had been working on the game a full five years (from 1991 to 1996) before he finally decided to release it after he was satisfied enough with it. No one at Nintendo expected the game to be a hit, but it was.


Satoshi Tajiri got the concept for Pokémon when he was growing up as a kid. It's said that as a boy he used to catch bugs of all types and watch them grow and develop, like a caterpillar evolving into a butterfly! It's crazy to know that this childhood hobby would turn into a, now normal, popular enterprise.


Although most people believe that the only way to capture mew is through a Nintendo event or by use of a Game Shark device, techies have found that through a certain set of steps, you can capture mew in this game, as well as in blue and yellow versions. At this point, mew is level 7 and only knows pound. This feature is due to a mistake in the game's programming.


  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #39 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
  • Retro Gamer
  • Total! (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2000 – Best Game Boy RPG in 1999
Information also contributed by PCGamer77, Powerbracelet and Robbb

Related Web Sites

  • Hints for Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow (These question and answer type hints cover Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow.)
  • Pokèmon Elite 2000 (A Pokèmon fan site good at covering the latest news about coming and existing Pokèmon games.)
  • Psypokes (A comprehensive Pokémon site that pretty much covers everything there is to know about the games.)
Corn Popper (69743) added Pokémon Red Version (Game Boy) on Sep 22, 2002