|Pokemon Trading Card Game
(Game Boy Colour)
|Platform||Game Boy Color|
|Developed by||Hudson Soft|
|Australia||April 7th, 2000|
|Europe||December 15th, 2000|
|Japan||December 18th, 1998|
|United States||April 10th, 2000|
The Pokemon Trading Card Game for Game Boy was the first electronic version of the Pokemon TCG. It was a combined effort between Hudson Soft and Nintendo and it's initial release came in Japan in 1998, it was two years before it would be released in the west when it was finally released in Australia and the U.S in April 2000, eventually arriving in Europe on December 15th, 2000.
The game had a promotional Pokémon Card of Meowth shipped with it in the West, where in Japan they got a special Legendary Dragonite.
In Japan the Pokemon TCG GB has a sequel called Pokemon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR (Great Rocket). We hadn't seen the last of the Pokemon TCG GB version in the early 2000's though, it was later re-released as the first ever Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console game in December of 2014. Many years later it would be superceded by The Pokemon Trading Card Online.
The greatest Pokémon Trading Card Game players of all time – the Grand Masters – are looking for one player worthy of inheriting the four rare, Legendary Pokémon Cards! Build new decks with the Auto Deck Machine, hone your skills on the Challenge Machine and test your ability in Challenge Hall. Expand your card collection, duel your way through 8 Club Masters and earn the right to challenge the Grand Masters in the Pokémon Dome! Shadowy figures, wise instructors and powerful opponents await in the ultimate trading card game adventure!
- Includes over 200 of your favorite Pokémon Trading Cards, plus new cards exclusive to the Game Boy game!
- Learn how to play the card game, build and manage decks and duel with other card players in step-by-step tutorials.
- Duel a friend using the Game Link cable (sold separately) or generate new cards using the Infra-Red Card Pop! feature (available with Game Boy Color only).
- Basic reading skills are needed to fully enjoy the story.
The Booster Packs can also be received as gifts in emails from Dr. Mason. There are 5 types of Booster Packs that can be earned in the game, and they are as follow: Colosseum, Evolution, Laboratory, Mystery and Promotional Booster Packs. Each of the types has a unique sets of cards.Earning Medals from Club Masters unlocks certain Auto Deck variations, that can be used once the player has all the listed cards in the deck.
Multiplayer features are available in the game, allowing players to trade deck configurations and cards, and also have fun battling each others. Along with the Booster Packs, there are few other ways to earn cards in game.
There are in game trade instances where certain characters will sometimes offer a Promotional version of the card the player gives them, as they can also request a card different from theirs. After trading a number of cards with some characters they might as well give the player a Promotional Card as a gift. The player will additionally, receive cards upon beating their rival in the duels.
|Cards Earned through trade|
|Card traded||Card received through trade||Trade Location||Trading character|
|Lapras||Arcanine||Water Club||A character sitting near the table|
|Electabuzz||Special Electabuzz||Lightning Club||Not specified|
|Clefairy||Pikachu||Grass Club||A female character located in the middle of the lobby|
|Clefable||Surf Pikachu||Mr. Ishihara's House||Mr. Ishihara|
|Chansey||Another Surf Pikachu card version|
|Cards received after battling Ronald|
|Jigglypuff||Mewtwo||Super Energy Retrieval||Mew|
The Challenge Cups is another feature available in Pokémon Trading Card game, unlocked only after the player earns 3 Medals then 5 Medals. These cups will put the player against three opponents that they have to battle consequently, earning few rare cards as a reward. The Player can save in between the matches, as the final match will sometimes be against their rival, who'll put quite a challenge.
|Cards earned after winning a Challenge Cup|
|Pikachu||Pikachu (variation)||Surf Pikachu||Surf Pikachu (variation)|
|Balloon Pikachu||Mewtwo||Promotional Mewtwo||Mew|
|Jigglypuff||Super Energy Retrieval||Slowpoke||Electabuzz|
Similarly to Challenge Cup, there's another feature called Challenge Machine, that is unlocked upon defeating the Grand Masters, and is available in Dr. Mason's Laboratory. Using this machine, the player will battle consequently five trainers, but this time with no pause or save. All the trainers will be random ones from the game, with the three first ones being normal trainers from the eight Clubs, the fourth trainer being a random Club Master and the Last one being a random Grand Master. The Grand Master in the final round is sometimes replaces with Dr. Mason's assistant, Tech Aaron or the mysterious character wearing the mouse costume, Imakuni.
Pokémon Card GB2, as it will freeze or glitch the game, and might even damage the save data.
The intro and title theme
U.S TV Commercial
- In the Japanese version of the game, the Surfing Pikachu card had a different artwork, as it had a train and Mt. Fuji in its background. Both the trains and Mt. Fuji were removed in the International release.
- The mysterious Imakuni character wearing the black mouse costume is a reference to Tomoaki Imakuni, a Japanese musician who made many Pokémon songs for the Pokémon anime series.
- Within the Challenge Hall, where the Challenge Cups are held, there's a room that cannot be accessed by players, although it was fully designed and scripted.
- The Ninetales Pokémon card is written Ninetails in Pokémon Trading Card game, which is the write name of the Mythical Japanese creature, whom the Pokémon is a reference to.
- Both the game and its sequel make use of the Pokémon Sprites featured in the main adventure game series (Pokémon Blue, Red, Yellow, Gold and Silver), making them the only spin-off titles to do so.
- There are two special layout borders that weren't featured in the game , but are still present within its core data files. These are thought to be used to test if the borders and correct the graphic glitches.
9/10, the equivalent of "Amazing" on the IGN scale.
Peter Bartholow from GameSpot was also impressed by the game mechanics and thought it was "a faithful and amusing adaptation of the collectible card game", rating it 7.6/10, which equates to "Good" on the GS scale.On GameRankings, Pokémon Trading Card Game earned a very high score of 81.25% over 13 reviews.
Overall, the game was very popular among Pokémon fans, especially those who enjoy card games, who also patiently looked forward for the sequel, which was sadly, only released in Japan.
Official Artwork from the Pokemon Trading Card Game including Logo and Supporting Artwork
Box Art from the Pokemon Trading Card Game GB including several regional variations
Screenshots from Pokemon Trading Card Game GB