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.
- "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
Part of the Following Groups
The Press Says
||Jun 23, 1999
||10 out of 10
||Aug 16, 2004
||9.8 out of 10
||Jun 08, 2007
||38 out of 40
||95 out of 100
||May 06, 2008
||93 out of 100
||92 out of 100
||Apr 28, 2009
||89 out of 100
||Nov 26, 2008
||8 out of 10
||Apr 03, 2003
||73 out of 100
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.
Information also contributed by
- Game Informer
- August 2001 (Issue #100) - #39 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
- Total! (Germany)
- Issue 01/2000 – Best Game Boy RPG in 1999
This entry to the MobyGames database was contributed by Corn Popper (69590)
on Sep 22, 2002.