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Pokémon Red Version is the international version of Pocket Monsters Akai. Compared to the earlier version, Red 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.

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


Pokémon Red Version Game Boy A wild battle
Pokémon Red Version Game Boy *Sniff* They grow up so fast...
Pokémon Red Version Game Boy Pokemon status
Pokémon Red Version Game Boy Danger ahead- Fat boy!

Promo Images

Pokémon Red Version Screenshot
Pokémon Red Version Screenshot
Pokémon Red Version Other
Pokémon Red Version Render Hovered over

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: Aka" -- Japanese title

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

The Spark that started the Fire... Game Boy Lawnmower Man (140)
Too tedious to play Game Boy Pixelspeech (949)
One of my first gaming experiences. Game Boy Spag (70)

Critic Reviews

Video Games Game Boy Nov, 1999 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Consoles Plus Game Boy Nov, 1999 95 out of 100 95
Portable Review Game Boy Jun 08, 2007 38 out of 40 95
Super Play (Sweden) Game Boy Oct, 1999 92 out of 100 92
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
Player One Game Boy Oct, 1999 89 out of 100 89
GameSpot Game Boy Feb 09, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
Just RPG Game Boy Apr 03, 2003 73 out of 100 73
Legendra Game Boy Sep 16, 2007 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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.

Virtual Console Alterations

Pokémon Red 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 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.)
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