Pokémon: Red & Blue Version

Pokémon: Red & Blue Version
System Game Boy
Developer Game Freak
Genre RPG
Series Pokémon Series

You live in a world inhabited by Pokémon, wild creatures that can be tamed by Pokémon Trainers for use in battles. It is your first day as a Pokémon Trainer. As you set out from Pallet Town, Professor Oak, the local Pokémon expert, gives you your first Pokémon.

Catch Pokémon with Poké Balls and take them into battle against other Trainers to level them up, learn new attacks and evolve them into stronger forms. Earn the Gym badges and challenge the Elite Four to become the Pokémon Champion.

You can also trade Pokémon with other players and battle them using the Game Boy Link Cable.

Release Information

Region Name Red Green Blue
Japan ポケットモンスター 赤・緑・青 Pocket Monsters Aka / Midori / Ao 27 Feb 1996 27 Feb 1996 15 Oct 1996
US Pokémon: Red Version / Blue Version Sep 1998 - Sep 1998
Europe Pokémon: Red Version / Blue Version 05 Oct 1999 - 05 Oct 1999


System Japan U.S. Europe
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console 27 Feb 2016 27 Feb 2016 27 Feb 2016

Ports & Remakes:

Game Boy Color Pokémon: Yellow Version – Special Pikachu Edition
Game Boy Advance Pokémon: FireRed & LeafGreen Version


Hero & Rival's Japanese Names

Hero & Rival's Japanese Names

In the Japanese version of Pokémon Red, one of the default names for the hero is "Satoshi", and one of the default names for your rival is "Shigeru". These names refer to Satoshi Tajiri, the Game Freak designer who developed Pokémon, and Shigeru Miyamoto, the world-renowned Nintendo developer. The names are reversed in Pokémon Green. Satoshi Tajiri has gone on record saying he always wanted to produce a game as popular as one of Shigeru Miyamoto's.

It is also worth noting that these names were selected for the hero and rival in the Japanese anime series.

Submitted by Fryguy64

Mario & Wario

Mario & Wario on SNES

Head to the Mimic Girl's house in Saffron City and check out her SNES console. You get the following description of the game she's playing:

"A game with MARIO wearing a bucket on his head!"

This refers to Mario & Wario, a Japan-only SNES puzzle game that was developed by Game Freak, the developers of Pokémon.

Game Freak

Game Freak Development Room

In Celadon City, you can find the Game Freak development room in one of the buildings and talk to the staff who worked on Pokémon, including a programmer, artist, musician and director. You receive a diploma from the director if you catch all 150 Pokémon.

Submitted by Fryguy64, Wanderingshadow

Saint Anne

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In Japan, the ship S.S. Anne is named the Saint Anne. This was also the name of the computer that created the hero in the Game Freak game Pulseman on the Sega Genesis.

Submitted by TV Eye

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