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Pokémon Blue Version is the international version of Pocket Monsters Midori. Compared to the earlier version, Blue has updated graphics and audio, some changes to area layouts, and significantly overhauled code, all of which in fact originate from the Japanese release of Pocket Monsters Ao.

Blue and Midori share the same version-exclusive Pokémon; in order to complete the Pokédex, players must trade with owners of Red version.


Pokémon Blue Version Game Boy Outside a gym.  Defeating the leader of all eight gyms is the main goal of the game.
Pokémon Blue Version Game Boy You'll fight one or more jr. trainers before getting to the leader of each gym.
Pokémon Blue Version Game Boy Rattata's Pokédex
Pokémon Blue Version Game Boy Tetweet, indeed!

Promo Images

Pokémon Blue Version Screenshot
Pokémon Blue Version Screenshot
Pokémon Blue Version Screenshot
Pokémon Blue Version Logo

Alternate Titles

  • "Pokémon: Version Bleu" -- French title
  • "Pokémon: Edición Azul" -- Spanish title
  • "Pokémon: Blue Version - Gotta catch 'em all!" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Pokémon: Blaue Edition - Schnapp' sie Dir alle!" -- German tag-lined title
  • "Pokémon: Blaue Edition" -- German title

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User Reviews

The best RPG around! Game Boy Jim Fun (222)
Truly a landmark game of its generation, even if it just lacks focus Game Boy CrankyStorming (2758)
A new role playing game Game Boy Mike Andrew (2)

Critic Reviews

Video Games Game Boy Nov, 1999 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Portable Review Game Boy Jun 08, 2007 38 out of 40 95
Cubed3 Game Boy Mar 17, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Game Critics Game Boy Jun 24, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life Game Boy Apr 28, 2009 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Nintendo Life Nintendo 3DS Mar 07, 2016 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Player One Game Boy Oct, 1999 89 out of 100 89
Just RPG Game Boy Apr 03, 2003 73 out of 100 73
Gamekult Game Boy Oct 15, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Legendra Game Boy Sep 16, 2007 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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The maximum level your Pokémon can reach is level 100. After that, it will continue to get experience, but will not gain any more levels.

Pokémon Blue

The U.S. and European releases of Pokémon Blue Version are based not only on the Japanese release of Blue Version, but also on the Japan-only Pocket Monsters Midori. The Pokémon Blue known to western audiences uses the updated graphics and code from the Japanese Blue, but retains Midori's encounter lists and available in-game trades.

Virtual Console Alterations

Pokémon Blue and its counterpart versions were rereleased for the 3DS Virtual Console to celebrate the Pokémon franchise's 20th anniversary in 2016. Since the Nintendo 3DS isn't compatible with the long-obsolete Game Link Cable, these releases use the system's local wireless features for link trades and battles. Additionally, several attack animations have been toned down for the safety of players with photosensitive epilepsy or other sensory conditions.


  • 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 Matt Neueboom and Satoshi Kunsai

Related Web Sites

  • Let's horribly break Pokemon Blue (Metroixer's showcase of the game's glitches on the Let's Play Archive)
  • Pokèmon Elite 2000 (A Pokèmon fan site good at covering the latest news about coming and existing Pokèmon games.)
  • Pokemon Hints (Hints to help you solve the game.)
  • Psypokes (A comprehensive Pokémon site that pretty much covers everything there is to know about the games.)
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