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Pokémon Crystal Version (Game Boy Color)

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Pokémon Crystal is an upgrade of the parallel Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver. The game is to its parallels like Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition and Pokémon Emerald are to to theirs. This means that the storyline, characters, and gameplay are basically the same, only there have been made several updates and changes to make this game more exciting and fun.
  • The player can now play as both a male and a female character.
  • The Pokémon Suicune plays a much bigger role, both as a character and a Pokémon. The player will meet it earlier and be able to catch it easier at Tin Tower as well as encountering it three times before.
  • New characters: Eusine, The Poké Seer and more.
  • New interface, a sign will appear at the bottom of the screen when entering a new area showing where the player is (route, area).
  • New animations: Pokémon move when entering combat screen.
  • New Pokémon locations, exceptions, moves and additions.
These are among the most significant changes to the upgrade version. However, the player will find many new details in the gameplay and interface that makes the game more exciting.


Pokémon Crystal Version Game Boy Color Title screen.
Pokémon Crystal Version Game Boy Color Cherrygrove City
Pokémon Crystal Version Game Boy Color Intro 2
Pokémon Crystal Version Game Boy Color Intro

Alternate Titles

  • "Pokémon X" -- Working Title
  • "Pokémon Versione Cristallo" -- Italian title
  • "Pokémon Version Cristal" -- French title
  • "Pokémon Kristall-Edition" -- German title
  • "Pokémon Edición Cristal" -- Spanish title
  • "Pocket Monsters Crystal" -- Japanese title
  • "ポケットモンスター クリスタルバージョン" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Gaming Target Aug 07, 2001 9.6 out of 10 96
RPGFan Sep 20, 2001 93.5 out of 100 94
IGN Jul 30, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Consoles Plus Feb, 2001 90 out of 100 90
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 30, 2001 15 out of 20 75
Gamezone (Germany) Oct 31, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Informer Magazine Oct, 2001 7.25 out of 10 72
Legendra Oct 21, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
RPGFan Sep 09, 2001 70 out of 100 70
Game Informer Magazine Oct, 2001 6.75 out of 10 68


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"Vietnamese Crystal" Bootleg

A pirated version of the game, colloquially called Pokémon Vietnamese Crystal due to the country in which it was first known to be sold, became infamous after being featured in a Let's Play series on YouTube. The game is based on the official Japanese release, and seems to have been translated to at least one intermediate language before being translated into English. This has resulted in numerous mistranslations that are widely regarded to be comedic, as well as several severe bugs that make it difficult to play the game to completion.


Related Web Sites

  • Pokèmon Elite 2000 (A Pokèmon fan site good at covering the latest news about coming and existing Pokèmon games.)
  • Psypokes (A comprehensive Pokèmon site that covers all there is to know about the Pokèmon games.)
bowser724 (26) added Pokémon Crystal Version (Game Boy Color) on Feb 09, 2004