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Pokémon Red Version

aka: Pocket Monsters: Aka, Pokémon Versione Rossa, Pokémon: Edición Roja, Pokémon: Edición Roja - ¡Hazte con todos!, Pokémon: Red Version - Gotta catch 'em all!, Pokémon: Rote Edition, Pokémon: Rote Version - Schnapp' sie Dir alle!, Pokémon: Version Rouge, Pokémon: Versione Rossa - Acchiappali tutti!, Pokémon: Versão Vermelha - Agarre todos… se puder!

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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.


  • ポケットモンスター 赤 - Japanese spelling

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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
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #9 Best Game Boy Game (together with Pokémon Yellow Version and Pokémon Blue Version)
  • Total! (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2000 – Best Game Boy RPG in 1999

Information also contributed by PCGamer77, Powerbracelet and Robbb

Related Games

Pokémon Blue Version
Released 1998 on Game Boy, 2016 on Nintendo 3DS
Pokémon Emerald Version
Released 2004 on Game Boy Advance
Pokémon Ruby Version
Released 2002 on Game Boy Advance
Pokémon Crystal Version
Released 2000 on Game Boy Color, 2018 on Nintendo 3DS
Pokémon Silver Version
Released 1999 on Game Boy Color, 2017 on Nintendo 3DS
Pokémon Black Version
Released 2010 on Nintendo DS
Pokémon White Version
Released 2010 on Nintendo DS
Pokémon Diamond Version
Released 2006 on Nintendo DS
Pokémon Pearl Version
Released 2006 on Nintendo DS

Related 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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  • MobyGames ID: 5129


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Jim Fun.

Game Boy added by Corn Popper. Nintendo 3DS added by Harmony♡.

Additional contributors: Satoshi Kunsai, Jeanne, Freeman, gamewarrior, DarkDante, formercontrib, Yearman, Spag, LordRM, Patrick Bregger, Kam1Kaz3NL77, Harmony♡, GenesisBR.

Game added October 13th, 2001. Last modified May 28th, 2023.