Pokémon LeafGreen Version Reviews (Game Boy Advance)
|Another remake of a classic on the GBA? Yes! But one of the better ones.||Rensch (216)|
Our Users Say
|AI||The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents.||3.7|
|Effectiveness||How effective a game is to teaching. This genre is only used for games with the genre Educational.||2.6|
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work and the game plays.||4.2|
|Graphics||The visual quality of the game||4.0|
|Personal Slant||A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes||3.6|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||3.6|
|Story / Presentation||The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations, special editions and non-story DLC items.||3.6|
|Overall User Score (21 votes)||3.7|
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Game Shark (Sep 28, 2004)
Damn these Pokémon! I was doing fine just thinking they were silly kid stuff. I now know I was wrong. Pokémon Leaf Green is a fun and addictive game that I’ll want to take with me everywhere just to sneak in a few quick battles and further train my Pokémon. I suppose I could not remain ignorant of this treasure forever. Warning to those who have not played a Pokémon game yet: enter at your peril. Once hooked, these games don’t let you go easily.
Deaf Gamers (2004)
Five years on and the Pokémon formula is still as addictive as ever. Fire Red and Leaf Green are a lot more than simple remakes and both are excellent value for money before you take into account the included wireless adapter.
64 Power / big.N / N Games (Aug, 2004)
Motivierend wie eh und je; jetzt jedoch mit kabellosen Duellen!
GamerDad (Oct 29, 2004)
There is a reason why Pokemon keeps coming back and is such a sensation. If you have any interest in adventure or light RPG style games, you should check it out.
Gameplanet (Oct 12, 2004)
Both a solid new addition to the Pokémon franchise and an excellent remake of the original games, LeafGreen and FireRed are welcome additions to the Nintendo stable. Sure, the gameplay hasn't changed much from the nearly ten-year-old originals, but then it's so good to start with, is that really a problem? A solid RPG and an addictive wee beggar to boot. Great value for money and highly recommended.
RPGFan (Apr 26, 2008)
FireRed and LeafGreen should appeal to those who wish to relive the original Red/Blue experience with updated graphics and conveniences. They should also appeal to those new to the franchise, however few may exist, who wish to enjoy the first 150 Pokémon in their traditional habitat. Those wishing to augment the Red/Blue experience can play through new material, and for purists, the optional side quests exist without harm to the original game. Considering the vast number of Pokémon games, fans may consider FireRed and LeafGreen to be heartless moneymakers. Less cynical fans, however, will find the second iteration of the first entry in the series just as entertaining, addictive, and endearing.
IGN (Sep 04, 2004)
But let's be frank. This is not a completely new experience. Even though FireRed/LeafGreen can be considered the fourth episode in the epic that is the Pokemon RPG, it's actually a retelling of the very first game that started it all. Just as Lucas went back to muck around with his original Star Wars films for a "Special Edition," Nintendo, too, returned to its roots for an updated experience of Pokemon Red/Blue, the adventure that kicked off the money machine for Nintendo. This revisit is obviously a tremendous cash-in to keep the Pokemoney rolling in, but the package is still an amazingly complete, and absolutely recommended experience, even if you've already done this quest five years ago.
Thunderbolt Games (May 26, 2005)
What were you doing in 1998? Were you some tiny freshman trying to make it through high school? Were you just starting on your very first paying job? Were you blissfully unaware as your adolescent existence protected you from the reality of impending adulthood? Just thinking about the good old days can bring a little tear to my eye. While I can’t predict the precise actions of every gamer around the world, I can bet that the majority of America’s teenybopper population was caught up in a craze of incredible proportions. That little yellow rat called Pikachu burst into the mainstream of pop culture, cementing a new Nintendo franchise almost overnight. Let’s be honest here-Who didn’t hear of Pokemon all those years ago? How long was it before the phrase “Gotta catch ‘em all” was drilled into your memory? And when that first batch of Pokemon games came stateside, how many of you obsessively collected all 150 of the critters and annihilated the Elite Four?
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) (Sep 27, 2004)
Fantastic game. It was great to see the original back with some amazing features that made the experience even better. However, with it being a remake and lacking a few essential features it does suffer from not being able to become a great 'new' Pokemon series to the franchise.
GameZone (Sep 22, 2004)
Got a family trip coming up or a business meeting you wish to sleep through? Don't have the secretary bring you a pillow, send for Pokemon LeafGreen. While the boss is rambling about statistics, product sales and other hyperbole, you can nod your head and look like a smart employee. The managers will think you're hanging on the boss's every word, when in actuality you're just nodding your head so you can see the screen concealed under the table.
GameSpot (Sep 07, 2004)
You'll be in very familiar territory with FireRed and LeafGreen if you've played any of the Game Boy Pokémon games before, but that's definitely not a bad thing. Though Pokémon could probably use a few new twists after all these years, FireRed and LeafGreen are great role-playing games on their own merits, filled with lots more content and more challenges than last year's Ruby and Sapphire, and offering up plenty of addictive gameplay that can be a lot of fun for players of all ages.
Diehard GameFan (Sep 10, 2004)
The original is back and better than ever. This + Shining Force proves that remakes and graphical updates can be amazing games in their own right able to break through Nostalgia and help new gamers to become fans of a classic series while keeping the old fans die hard fanatics. Pokemon Fire Red and Leaf Green does nearly everything right, and with These games, SF, Astro Boy, and hopefully Advance Guardian Heros as well, 2004 is proving to be the year of the GBA, not the consoles. Rock on little portable for keeping the best games of all time alive! More importantly, rock on Game Freak for continuing Pokemon’s streak of nothing less than amazing games that appeal to gamers no matter their age or experience.
N-Zone (Oct 28, 2004)
Alle dem Pokémon-Fieber verfallenen Zocker, die sämtlichen Pokémon hinterherjagen, sollten unbedingt zugreifen. Wer jedoch von der Sammelorgie langsam genug hat, sollte sich den Kauf überlegen. Der kabellose Adapter, das neue Chat-Feature und die gut umgesetzten Mehrspieler-Optionen sind zwar cool, aber dazu muss man erst mal genügend Freunde zur Hand haben, die einen GBA und das dazugehörige Modul besitzen. Ansonsten kann man die neuen Spielvarianten gar nicht richtig auskosten. Meiner Meinung nach ähneln die Module viel zu sehr Rubin & Saphir. Richtige Fans werden sich daran aber sicher nicht stören und dem Sammelwahn garantiert erneut hemmungslos verfallen. Und wer bislang noch gar keine Erfahrung mit Satoshi Tajiris virtuellen Tierchen gesammelt hat, trifft mit diesem Modul eine gute Wahl!
Game Informer Magazine (Oct, 2004)
These shiny carts bring back my nostalgia by updating the graphics, adding a few new features (the Union Room and drastically improved menus), and keeping the rest essentially unchanged.
Gamer 2.0 (Sep 08, 2004)
Even after five years, Nintendo has managed to rekindle the gameplay and addictive qualities that brought us to this game in the first place. Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen not only have every element from every Pokemon game in the past, but they went ahead and added some new elements as well. Players should even find some new sidequests and towns along the way, and each part serves something special to the player. All in all, Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen get the job done without changing the formula, and it's worth a pickup for any Pokemon fan'new or old. With the addition of the GBA Wireless Adapter, the game isn't a bad choice at its price.
VicioJuegos.com / uVeJuegos.com (Jul 07, 2005)
Un RPG peculiar, ni el diseño de personajes, ni la historia, escenarios o música destacan, el sistema de combates y tareas a realizar si lo hacen.
RetroGame Man (Jan 13, 2017)
In summary, Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green is an awesome Pokemon adventure that has a deep battle system, an awesome region to explore, and cool Pokemon to collect. I do want to emphasize that there are a few hangups that make it feel dated, but it’s certainly not a reason to avoid it completely. If you are just starting on Pokemon however, I would recommend Pokemon Sun and Moon over this title, as the franchise has evolved – no pun intended – into something greater than this game!
GameSpy (Sep 07, 2004)
That's what it's really all about, isn't it? Having the most and the best Pokémon. Sure, FireRed and LeafGreen are retreads, but they're stylish retreads. I wish Nintendo had included some of the more recent Pokémon enhancements, but I suppose that would have taken away from the retro vibe it was going for with these remakes. And I must admit that it was nice catching all the old Pokémon again -- sorta like reuniting with old friends (wow, that sounds pathetic). Still, you have to admit that Treecko is no Bulbasaur. If you're one of those people that refuse to play a Pokémon game because it's "too cute" or "teh kiddy," now's your chance to be a man and give it a go. You'll be surprised at just how much fun it can be.
Nintendo Difference (Apr 22, 2004)
Il faut tout d’abord saluer Nintendo, qui pour une fois ne nous a pas servi une réédition « plate », et « simpliste » d’un de ses vieux hits. La note varie énormément en fonction de plusieurs paramètres : si vous n’avez jamais joué aux versions premières, le jeu mérite amplement 17. Si vous êtes un fan inconditionnel, il mérite largement 18. Si vous ne faîtes pas partis d’un de ces deux cas, alors le jeu vaut 15.
Mygamer.com (Sep 24, 2004)
However, I must admit that LeafGreen couldn't hold my interest for quite as long as some of the later titles. Perhaps because I've played it before, it couldn't devour 80-100 hours of my life like the original Blue or Pokémon Sapphire did. If you haven't played the original, and you like being a completist, or you just have lots of friends to battle; Pokémon LeafGreen is a good investment that can get you days if not weeks of quality gaming action. If you've already played the original, I fear there simply isn't enough new and different to make this game quite the value of its venerable predecessors.
Gamekult (Oct 04, 2004)
Le jeu original étant extraordinaire, il était difficile de louper un remake de Pokémon même si l'on aurait souhaité avoir les mondes Or et Argent aussi dans cette cartouche. Niveau durée de vie et remplissage, le soft n'a cependant pas à rougir puisqu'il tient, comme toujours, plus d'une cinquantaine d'heures aux plus chevronnés. Le plaisir de retrouver une aventure tant aimée s'avérera pour les fans un sacré moment de bonheur. Ceux qui ont commencé par Rubis et Saphir pourront enchaîner directement sans sentir le poids du remake. Car avant d'être un phénomène marketing, Pokémon est un excellent jeu riche, complexe et complet. Si en plus il redevient beau, pourquoi se priver...
Game Informer Magazine (Oct, 2004)
In all honesty, I had a lot of fun with this game. The immature child in me loved giving nicknames like "Dumpface" to my captured companions, and the collector in me became absorbed in leveling the little guys up. However, these features are nothing new or innovative; they were all intact when Pokémon Red and Blue released six years ago, and this game is really more of a director’s cut than a new installment. However, the new bells and whistles streamline gameplay and make this title much more fun than I was expecting.
NintendoWorldReport (Oct 05, 2004)
Playing through the latest Pokémon games was at times a wonderful trip down memory lane and at times a major chore. It was fun to revisit some areas of Kanto and catch some favorite kinds of Pokémon again. Unfortunately, it was also a bit tedious leveling up Pokémon in preparation of a gym battle after having done so in 6 other versions of Pokémon. Still, in the end it was worth it to build my Pokémon collection even more...but I can't help but think that this is the last time I want to do this.
Jeuxvideo.com (Oct 01, 2004)
Après la sortie des épisodes Rubis et Saphir sur GBA, on attendait plus de cette nouvelle fournée de Pokémon. Il faut malgré tout se contenter de ce qui apparaît comme un remake des toutes premières versions de la série, agrémentées toutefois de suppléments intéressants et d'une mise à jour au niveau de la réalisation. A voir seulement si vous n'avez pas joué aux versions Rouge et Bleu, d'autant que ces cartouches sont vendues avec l'adaptateur sans fil pour GBA.
Netjak (Jan 05, 2005)
However, if you’re just a passive Pokémon fan looking for a new pickup, this isn’t worth it for you. Stick with Ruby or Sapphire, and that will be plenty of Pokémon for you. Remaking a game that is only 6 years old just smacks of laziness, and Pokémon fans deserve better. Even if I’ve already planned out how to get Ancientpower from Relicanth to Exeggutor, I still feel that I should have gotten a heavy discount, since I already own this game twice. The serious fans will want this to catch them all. But everyone else, you should stay away, because the wallet sting just isn’t worth the nostalgia for something that recent.
Jeuxvideo.fr (Oct 08, 2004)
Faire une réédition, un défi relevé avec brio par les développeurs de chez Big N. Tout a été retravaillé au maximum, ce sera un délice autant pour les fans que pour les non initiés. Après ça si certains arrivent encore à dire : "Pokémon, c´est nul", et bien ils sont soit aveugles, soit de très mauvaise foi...
GameDaily (Sep 07, 2004)
While FireRed and LeafGreen aren't brand new Pokemon adventures, there is something to be said for enjoying the classics every now and again. Besides, the inclusion of a free wireless adapter appears to be Nintendo's way of thanking people for providing the fuel that powered the Pokemon machine, because we all know that they still would've made a killing selling them separately. A good start for beginners, as well as collectibles for the fans, FireRed and LeafGreen may be oldies, but they're also good games, and it's those types that always deserve another play through.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Sep 30, 2004)
You reap what you sow. If Nintendo hadn’t made Leaf Green/Fire Red such a comprehensive example of what has made Pokémon so successful, then we would have been far more critical. Instead, it has - just about - earned one last harvest from this series. Newcomers to Pokémon can justifiably add a point to the score below, because as a first-time experience it would be addictive, satisfying and value for money. Veteran trainers, on the other hand, need to ask themselves if they want more of the same… again. If not, then perhaps it’s time for Nintendo to move on to pastures new?
G4 TV: X-Play (Apr 10, 2006)
And that’s the main issue with these games. They're the same games as before. The graphical improvements are not terribly impressive, and the extra content is more of the same. If you’ve never experienced Pokémon before or you simply have to get that wireless adapter, then go ahead and pick up a copy. Pokémon experts might want to pass on this one, though.
1UP (Sep 08, 2004)
If you've never played Pokemon before, it probably deserves a chance. There's a reason it's become so widely imitated over the years. It's a fun if uncomplicated RPG, and the collecting and trading aspect appeals to the obsessive-compulsive side in everyone. On the other hand, if you've played this before in its previous incarnations and had your fill, or if the concept never really appealed to you in the first place, there's really nothing new enough here to bring you back.