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Pokémon Red and Green Versions

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Pokémon Red Version
ポケットモンスター 赤
Boxart of Pokémon Red Version
Pokémon Green Version
ポケットモンスター 緑
Boxart of Pokémon Green Version
Developer(s): Game Freak
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Game Boy
Category: RPG
Players: 1-2
Predecessor: None
Successor: Pokémon Blue
Copyrights: N/A
Release dates

February 27, 1996

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Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Green Version are the first games in the Pokémon series. They were released on Japan on February 27, 1996. It was improved upon in Pokémon Blue, and then re-released internationally with those improvements, as Pokémon Red and Blue.


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 it all. Can you develop the ultimate Pokémon strategy to defeat the eight GYM Leaders and become the greatest Pokémon Master of all time?


Like all main series Pokémon games, Red and Green features a young boy on his journey to defeat the eight gym leaders and the Elite Four in order to become a master. You start in Pallet Town where you will meet Professor Oak, and choose from one of three starter Pokémon. Later Pokémon will be available for capture later on the journey.


The Pokémon games are different from most RPGs by the fact that you must catch your "party" to battle other Pokémon. You may run into other trainers who will demand to fight. Winning fights against other trainers will give you money. In a couple of towns, there are gyms where you must defeat the gym leaders. Defeating a gym leader will earn you a badge. There are eight badges in all. Earning all eight will unlock the Elite Four. Defeating the Elite Four and the Champion will have you become the Champion and win the game.

You can also trade Pokémon with your friends using a link cable. Each version has version exclusive Pokémon that is only in that version, and must be traded to get in the other game.

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Title Boxart Console Release Date(s) Notes
Pokémon Red Version
Pokémon Green Version
Virtual Console (Nintendo 3DS) 2016 Emulated ports for Nintendo 3DS, allowing for special emulator features. Communication between these games as well as with Pikachu Version and Blue Version is possible with wireless communications.

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