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Pokémon Yellow, along with Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Red forms the first generation of Pokémon games. You control a number of fictional animals known as Pokémon and must travel the land using your current Pokémon to defeat and capture more.

There are 151 Pokémon that fall into various types such as fire, water and grass that have a complicated rock-paper-scissors relationship. You come across a series of town, each of which contains a gym where you must do battle with other Pokémon trainers. Each gym specializes in a different type of Pokémon. After beating each gym, you are given a new ability that lets you travel to new areas.

The object of the game is to defeat all eight gym leaders, or ultimately, to catch all the varieties of Pokémon. Some of them are not actually catchable in Yellow, so you must use the Game Boy link function to trade with friends using Red and Blue to complete your collection.

Pokémon Yellow differs from the other first-generation games because it is based on the Pokémon anime series. The main character looks like Ash and he starts the game with Pikachu, rather than choosing a Pokémon as in all other games in the series. Character graphics throughout the game are based on designs from the series and it includes Jesse, James and their Meowth, which the other games do not.


Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition Game Boy Title screen (GBC)
Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition Nintendo 3DS Title screen.
Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition Game Boy Pikachu wins!  (on a GBC)
Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition Game Boy Pikachu status  (on a GBC)

Promo Images

Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition Other
Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition Screenshot
Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition Render
Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition Render


Alternate Titles

  • "Pokémon Version Jaune: Edition Spéciale Pikachu" -- French title
  • "Pokémon Versione Gialla: Speciale Edizione Pikachu" -- Italian title
  • "Pokémon: Gelbe Edition - Special Pikachu Edition" -- German title
  • "Pokémon Edición Especial Pikachu: Edición Amarilla" -- Spanish title
  • "Pocket Monsters: Pikachu" -- Japanese title
  • "ポケットモンスター ピカチュウ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Final Fantasy in the Poke-Verse Game Boy Gothicgene (83)
Better than Pokemon Blue, and RPG just keeps getting better! Game Boy Jim Fun (243)
The best Pokemon game of its time Game Boy Dark Lord (46)

Critic Reviews

Total! (Germany) Game Boy Jun, 2000 1 out of 6 100
IGN Game Boy Oct 19, 1999 10 out of 10 100
Power Unlimited Game Boy Sep, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life Nintendo 3DS Apr 29, 2016 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
GameSpot Game Boy Jan 28, 2000 8.9 out of 10 89
GamesCollection Game Boy Mar 30, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
RPGFan Game Boy Apr 14, 2001 73 out of 100 73
Gamekult Game Boy Oct 15, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Defunct Games Game Boy Apr 17, 2012 B- 67
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Game Boy Sep 01, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Arbitrary Code Execution

By corrupting their save file and manipulating the resulting item data, it is possible for the player to reprogram the game while playing it, in a process called arbitrary code execution. While arbitrary code execution is possible with several games, including other Pokémon titles, it was two tool-assisted speedruns of this game that brought the practice into the public eye.

Virtual Console Alterations

Pokémon Yellow 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. Several attack animations have also been toned down for the safety of players with photosensitive epilepsy or other sensory conditions, and Jynx's sprite was updated to the creature's modern coloration due to the original having been accused of resembling a racist caricature. Lastly, the Pikachu's Beach minigame no longer requires the player to own a Pikachu with the move Surf, since obtaining that move on a Pikachu would require the impossible task of connecting to Pokémon Stadium for the N64.

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