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Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition

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Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition
ポケットモンスター ピカチュウ
Poketto Monsutā Pikachū
Pokémon Yellow boxart EN.jpg
Boxart of Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition
Developer(s): Game Freak
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Game Boy
Category: Turn-based role-playing
Players: 1
Predecessor: JP: Pokémon Blue
EN: Pokémon Red and Blue
Successor: Pokémon Gold and Silver
Copyrights: N/A
Release dates
N. America:

October 18, 1999


September 12, 1998


June 16, 2000


September 3, 1999













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Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition (Japanese: ポケットモンスター ピカチュウ Pocket Monsters Pikachu) is the fourth main series game in the Pokémon series, the third to be released internationally. While largely unchanged from the other versions, Pokémon Yellow Version is more based on the Pokémon anime series.

In Japan, the release of this game was timed to coincide with that of Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back, releasing two months afterward.[1] The Japanese version was also released alongside a special edition "Pikachu Yellow" model of the Game Boy Printer.



You've finally been granted your Pokémon Trainer's license, and now you're on your way to becoming the world's greatest Pokémon Trainer! The shockingly-cute Pikachu tags along behind you as you search the enormous world for monsters to train and evolve. Face off against Blastoise's torrential water cannons. Stand strong when facing Pidgeot's stormy Gust. Develop the ultimate Pokémon strategy to defeat the eight Gym Leaders and become the greatest Pokémon Master of all time!

  • Battle a friend in the new Colosseum 2 for the Pika Cup, Petite Cup, and Poké Cup titles (requires 2 Yellow versions and a Game Link® cable-each sold separately).
  • Print out your Pokédex data with a Game Boy® Printer and a Game Link cable (sold separately).
  • Trade Pokémon with your friends using a Game Link cable. You'll need to trade with both the Red and Blue versions to catch all 150 Pokémon and complete your Pokédex!
  • Requires basic reading skills to fully enjoy the entertaining story.


Technical details[edit]

Technical Details

Game Boy Game Pak
Nintendo 3DS digital download

Download size

84 blocks

Supported features

Original: Game Boy Color, Game Link Cable (2-player multiplayer), Game Boy Printer
3DS: Wireless communication

Input / compatible controllers

Game Boy
Nintendo 3DS

Other releases[edit]

Title Boxart Console Release Date(s) Notes
Pocket Monsters Pikachu (Rev 1 'v1.1') Game Boy Unknown Currently unknown. Minor changes to the code (affects a few glitches that require others to work).

Pocket Monsters Pikachu (Rev 2 'v1.2') Game Boy Unknown Currently unknown. Minor changes to the code (affects a few glitches that require others to work).

Pocket Monsters Pikachu (Rev 3 'v1.3') Game Boy Unknown Fixes the "boulder switch glitch" caused by the walking Pikachu walking on a boulder puzzle switch; causing the puzzle to solve without pushing the boulder. Minor changes to the code (affects a few glitches that require others to work).

  • Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition (EN),
  • Pokémon Version Jaune: Edition Spéciale Pikachu (FR),
  • Pokémon Gelbe Edition: Special Pikachu Edition (DE),
  • Pokémon Edición Amarilla: Edición Especial Pikachu (ES)
  • Pokémon Versione Gialla: Speciale Edizione Pikachu (IT)
  • Pokémon Versão Amarela: Edição Especial Pikachu (BR)[citation needed]

Pokémon Yellow boxart EN.jpg Game Boy Color 1999/2000 Unlike the original Japanese version, this version was released as a Game Boy Color title, using the full-color palette available when playing the game on a Game Boy Color system. Previously the only way for players to play the Japanese version in color was with Super Game Boy (with a different palette to the English, French, German and Italian versions). However, the game can still be played on a regular Game Boy in DMG mode.
Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition Virtual Console (Nintendo 3DS) 2016 An emulated port for Nintendo 3DS. Pokémon can now be uploaded to Poké Transporter. Communication between this and the digital releases of its partner games (Red/Blue, as well as Gold/Silver/Crystal trading via the Time Capsule feature) is possible with wireless communications, but it must be between the same region (JP, NA, EU) and Australia/Oceania versions cannot link to Japanese versions. This revision was also released in Taiwan and Hong Kong but specifics regarding compatibility there are not clear.
  • Game Boy Printer support was disabled and choosing to print will do nothing/not bring up an error message, but there is now a minor menu glitch for attempting to print boxes.
  • Pokémon Stadium and Pocket Monsters Stadium support is no longer possible, but to allow the player to play the Pikachu's Beach minigame, the game now only checks for the existence of the walking Pikachu in the party (rather than checking if it knows its Stadium exclusive move Surf). However, the posters in the beach house still erroneously need Pikachu to know Surf to change.
  • The Cable Club inaccessibility message was changed to simply "Please come again!"
  • Player money is divided after black out in a different way, but changes in how much money the player would receive only applies to money values accessible through glitches.
  • For non-Japanese versions, the sprites of the Pokémon Jynx's face and gloves were adjusted to be purple rather than black following past racism related controversy (now using more colors than any other sprite).
  • The emulator used has a few errors that come into affect in glitches, such as treating invalid assembly operations like "nop" instructions.

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