Pokemon Red and Blue Versions (Gameboy)
|Developed by||Game Freak|
|Australia||October 23rd, 1998|
|Europe||June 10th, 1999|
|Japan||October 10th, 1999|
|United States||December 28th, 1998|
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Pokemon Red & Blue are where the series began, they were initially released in Japan and were called Pocket Monsters: Red and Pocket Monsters: Blue. It was only when the games were released to the rest of the world that they became known as Pokémon Red & Blue.
It was the unique and innovative appeal of these titles that the Pokémon videogame franchise as we know it now owes the foundation of it's success. It should also be noted that whilst Red & Blue were the first games introduced to the western world that it was actually Red & Green which were released first in Japan; Green was never released in the west however it's remake Pokémon LeafGreen did make it to western gamers many years later.
The game's loosely tie in with the first episodes of the Pokémon animated series. The main differences between the titles were that Pokémon Blue as the newer of the two naturally offered some sound and visual improvements aswell as fixes to common bugs which were present in Red & Green.
Although these titles were released at the tail end of the original Game Boy's life they quickly became popular and earned the accolade of being the best selling non-bundled titles on the Game Boy.
The main aims of the game are to catch all the Pokémon you can to complete your PokeDex in order to help Professor Oak with his research, take on gym leaders to earn badges to enable you to compete in the Pokémon league and for you and your Pokémon to form am unbreakbale bond and become the ultimate team, the very best. This set the precedent for all of the core RPG series of Pokémon games that would follow.
head over to see Professor Oak to get your first Pokémon. The good professor explains to you about Pokémon and all the adventures that lie ahead of you and then let's you choose between Squirtle (Water type), Charmander (Fire type) and Bulbasaur (Grass type) to accompany you on your journey.
But it's not all fun and games as unfortunately someone you used to be friends with but is now a terrible rival is also their to collect their first Pokémon and they are so hell bent at beating you in a Pokémon battle that they choose their first Pokémon specifically based on what yours is weak against!
As you set off on the excitement of your adventure with your new friend you are wary that your rival is never going to be far behind. But catching them all, beating 8 gym leaders and multiple battles with your rival isn't all you have to worry about.... the sinister Team Rocket is at large in your region... a criminal organisation who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals - not even the exploitation of defenceless Pokemon.
Later on in the game you make a shocking discovery about the Team Rocket leader! No, not that he's Ash Ketchum's father... but he is the eighth and final gym leader in the game.
You've finally been granted your Pokémon Trainer's license. Now, it's time to head out to become the world's greatest Pokémon Trainer. It's going to take all you've got to collect 150 Pokémon in this enormous world. Catch and train monsters like the shockingly-cute Pikachu. Face off against Blastoise's torrential water cannons. Stand strong when facing Pidgeot's stormy Gust. Trade with friends and watch your Pokémon evolve. Important—no single Pokémon can win at all. Can you develop the ultimate Pokémon strategy to defeat the eight Gym Leaders and become the greatest Pokémon Master of all time?
| Pokemon Red exclusives
|023 Ekans (Poison Type) and it's evolved form 024 Arbok, 043 Oddish (Grass/Poison Type) and it's evolution chain: 044 Gloom & 045 Vileplume, the fighting type 056 Mankey and it's evolved form 057 Primeape, 058 Growlithe (Fire Type) and it's evolved form 059 Arcanine, 123 Scyther (Flying/Bug type) and Electabuzz (Electric Type).|
| Pokemon Blue exclusives
027 Sandshrew (Ground type) and it's evolved form 028 Sandslash, 037 Vulpix (Fire type) and it's evolution 038 Ninetales, 052 Meowth (Normal type) and 053 Persian, 069 Bellsprout (Grass/Poison type) and it's evolution chain 070 Weepinbell & 071 Victreebell as well as 126 Magmar and Pinsir.
Additionally you can also trade from any other compatible Gen I or II title which has those Pokémon available to help complete your PokeDex. Mew was obtainable via a couple of exclusive Nintendo events when these games were current but if you didn't get him then that leaves glitches and cheating as the only remaining options. There's a rather vicious rumour he's hiding under a truck!
But Team Rocket doesn't stop there they're also dessecrating the ruins of Mt. Moon in their frantic search for the fossils of ancient Pokémon with the sole motive of selling them off at a profit. They have even been known to break into the homes of those with items of interest to them such as TM's and HM's.
It's even reported that Team Rocket have been involved in taking hostages and stealing Cubone skulls in Lavender Town, even killing a Marowak in the process. It goes without saying that the responsibility for routing these guys from their strongholds, saving people and Pokemon from their sinister deeds falls to us, the trainers. Don't underestimate them, these guys are truly bad, not like the endearing version of bad presented by Jessie, James and Meowth in the Anime.
Brock is the leader of the Pewter City Gym and specialises in Rock type Pokemon. His team includes a Geodude Lv.12 and Onix Lv. 14. If you can overcome Brock's rock hard will, you will earn yourself a Boulder Badge.
"My rock-hard willpower is evident in even my Pokémon. My Pokémon are all rock hard and have true-grit determination. That's right - my Pokémon are all the Rock type!" - Brock
Misty "The Tomboyish Mermaid" leads the Cerulean Gym and is well known to be an enthusiastic Water Pokemon trainer. You'll have to defeat her Staryu Lv.18 and Starmie Lv. 21 to win her Cascade Badge.
"My policy is an all-out offensive with Water-type Pokémon!" - Misty
The Vermilion City Gym is led by Lt. Surge: a veteran of the military, generally imposing figure and strong trainer of electric types. His team includes a Voltorb Lv.21, Pikachu Lv.18 and Raichu Lv.24. Defeat him to obtain the Thunder Badge.
"I tell you, kid, electric Pokémon saved me during the war!" - Lt. Surge
The fourth gym leader you will face is Erika of the Celadon Gym in Celdaon City. She's a kind hearted and calm young trainer who specialises in grass type Pokemon. Her team consists of a Victreebel Lv.29, Tangela Lv. 24 and Vileplume Lv. 29
"I am a student of the art of flower arranging. My Pokémon are solely of the Grass type." - Erika
Koga was the original leader of the Fuschia City Gym. This formidable adversary is an astute student of ninjitsu and a strong trainer of Poison type Pokemon. His team consists of 2x Koffing Lv.37, 1x Lv.39 Muk and a Weezing Lv.43. Once beaten Koga will grant you the Soul Badge. As you leave Koga's gym you have the feeling you haven't seen the last of him.
"Despair to the creeping horror of Poison-type Pokémon!" - Koga
Sabrina is the leader of the Saffron Gym in Saffron City. Having had powerful psychic abilities from a young age Sabrina is naturally a powerful master of Psychic type Pokemon. She can even communicate with her team via telekensis. Her Pokemon consist of: A Kadabra Lv. 38, Mr. Mime Lv. 37, Venomoth Lv.38 and an Alakazam Lv.43. Given the potency of psychic type Pokemon in the early games she is one of the tougher gym leaders. Once beaten she will award you the Marsh Badge.
"I have had psychic powers since I was a child. It started when a spoon I carelessly tossed, bent." - Sabrina
The penultimate gym leader you will face in Red & Blue is Blaine the leader of the Cinnabar Gym on Cinnabar Island. Blaine is well known for being a very intelligent and knowledgeable trainer as well as for his mastery of fire types. His team consists of Growlithe Lv. 42, Ponyta Lv. 40, Rapidash Lv. 42 and Arcanine Lv.47. Defeat him to win a Volcano Badge.
"My fiery Pokémon are all rough and ready with intense heat! They incinerate all challengers!" - Blaine
As you arrive at the Viridian Gym for your final challenge you find that you have to face none other than the boss of Team Rocket, Giovanni. A sinister figure specialising in powerful ground type Pokemon. He has a team of 5 Pokemon including Rhyhorn Lv. 45, Dugtrio Lv. 42, Nidoqueen Lv. 44, Nidoking Lv. 45 and Rhydon Lv.50. Leave your electric types at the door! Defeating Giovanni will earn you an Earth Badge.
"Welcome to my hideout! It shall be so until I can restore Team Rocket to its former glory." - Giovanni
A master of Ice type Pokemon. Her Pokemon include: Dewgong Lv.54, Cloyster Lv. 53, Slowbro Lv.54, Jynx Lv.56 and Lapras Lv.56. Interestingly Slowbro isn't Ice Type and her Slowbro doesn't have any Ice Type moves.
"No one can best me when it comes to icy Pokémon." - Lorlei
A master of Fighting type Pokemon. Bruno values strength above all else which sort of explains the composition of his team which includes an Onix Lv.53, Hitmonchan Lv.55, Hitmonlee Lv.55, Onix Lv.56 and Machamp Lv. 58. It is said that Bruno joined the elite four out of his desire to battle the strongest trainers.
"I've lived and trained with my fighting Pokémon." - Bruno
A master of Ghost type Pokemon. Her team consists of a Gengar Lv. 56, Golbat Lv. 56, Haunter Lv. 55, Arbok Lv.58 amd Gengar Lv.60. It is rumoured that Agatha was once a major rival of Professor Oak when they were both starting out as trainers.. and she certainly has few kind words to say about him even to this day.
"Agatha's Ghost-type Pokémon are horrifically terrifying in toughness." - Agatha
The final member and leader of the Elite Four in Kanto and master of Dragon type Pokemon. His team consists of Gyrados Lv.58, Dragonair Lv.56, Dragonair Lv.56, Aerodactyl Lv.60 and Dragonite Lv. 62. As well as being one of the toughest trainers in the world of Pokemon, Lance is also famed for his unmatched collection of capes.
"You know that dragons are mythical Pokémon. They're hard to catch and raise, but their powers are superior. They're virtually indestructible. There's no being clever with them." - Lance
Having pushed your Pokemon to the limit as you battled your way through the Elite Four one final challenge lies ahead.... a showdown with the Pokemon Champion of Kanto themselves. But who could it be? It's none other than your Rival from Pallet Town! as you already know at this point this match won't be like a gym leader or member of the elite four... as your rival has no specialisation and has a balanced team of strong Pokemon.
TV Commercials for Pokemon Red and Blue.
The Story of the Conception of Pokemon and Satoshi Tajiri
The Trailer for Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow versions when they re-released on the 3DS eShop.
- If you speak to picnicker Coral on route 10 she says "The Pokemon here are so chunky! There should be a pink one with a floral pattern." - This is a pretty close description to Munna who wasn't discovered until over a decade later in Black & White's Unova region. Had they had it planned all that time?
- Lance has a dragonite which can use Barrier.... but Dragonite can't learn barrier via any known conventional means.
- There are only 37 Pokemon cry sound files in the games, despite their being 151 Pokemon. These 37 sounds are sped up, slowed down and have the pitch altered to make each Pokemon's sound unique.
- In the beta version of these titles Cubone was known as Orphon. A play on the word Orphan and the fact that this species of Pokemon are abandoned at birth.
- The international versions of Red and Blue are based on the Japanese version of Blue which featured improved graphics, sounds and some common bug fixes over the original Japanese releases.
- When Game Freak approached Nintendo saying they wanted to develop the games Nintendo rejected the idea several times. It was only later on when Shigeru Miyamoto eventually took interest in the project that it went ahead.
- The names of the characters in the original coding for Pokemon Red and Blue were Ninten and Sony. Presumably testament to the Nintendo vs. Sony rivalry in the videogame industry.
- Charizard was unable to fly in Pokemon Red & Blue.
- There was supposed to be a female trainer as well as the male trainers Red and Blue but due to technical / hardware restrictions she did not make it to the final release. Despite this she does appear on both the official artwork and the games strategy guides.
- There is a NES in copycats bedroom and if you interact with it it says it's a game where Mario has a bucket on his head which can only be a direct reference to Mario & Wario (Japan only).
- A battle with Professor Oak is programmed into these games but wasn't included in the final release version. You can still battle professor Oak by using Gameshark. Professor oaks team will include the starter Pokemon neither you or your rival chose, in it's final evolved form at level 69 as well as an Arcanine lvl68, Exeggutor lvl67, Tauros lvl66 and a lvl70 Gyrados.
- GameSpot reviews by Cameron Davis. Both Red and Blue versions were individually reviewed and scored 8.8/10 which equates to 'Great' on the GS scale.
- Craig Harris from IGN was clearly impressed scoring the games 10 out of 10 "Masterful" on their scale and calling them "the most popular videogames ever to hit Nintendo's little black-and-white portable".
- Interestingly Nintendo Power Magazine only scored the games 7.2 out of 10. Unfortunately that review is no longer around to link to.
- The aggregated score from GameRankings weighing in at 88% - a fine effort by anyones standards.
Overall Pokemon Red and Blue versions got the third and fourth best Game Boy game scores ever overall, and second best core series ratings of all the main series titles on GameRankings.
Official Artwork Gallery from Pokemon Red & Blue - A large gallery featuring many of the Pokemon from the game
Official Artwork Gallery from Pokemon Red & Blue - Characters, places and supporting art
Box Art from Pokemon Red including numerous regional variations + editions
Box Art from Pokemon Blue including numerous regional variations + editions
Screenshots from Pokemon Red Version
Screenshots from Pokemon Blue Version