Pokémon Red and Blue

Pokémon Red and Blue (GB)


Game Boy
Game Freak


Game Rating

User Ratings: 535

Our Review: 9/10


Number of Players
Single Player
Release Date

Game Boy

  • 30th Sep 1998 (USA)
  • 10th May 1999 (UK/EU)

3DS eShop

  • 27th Feb 2016 (USA), $9.99
  • 27th Feb 2016 (UK/EU), £8.99
Creatures, Mainline
Official Site

Screenshots (6)

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  • 86

    3DS / GB

    Review Pokémon Red and Blue

    Twenty years ahead of their time

    When these games were released back in the late nineties, the air around younger Game Boy owners was one of excitement and rivalry. Nintendo is clearly trying to capitalise on the nostalgia factor for all of us who were within the target age group (and some who weren't) when these titles were originally released,...

  • 61

    Game Boy

    Review Pokémon Red and Blue

    Catching them all never felt as good as it did back in 1998.

    To say that Pokémon has made its mark on the video game industry would be something of an understatement. While many claimed the franchise to be a fad when it first made its debut in each of the world’s four major video game regions, over time those people have been proven wrong. Even...

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About The Game

It's the game that started a revolution, but it's not just the fad that convinced gamers to "catch 'em all."

This deceptively simple and child-friendly roleplaying game design is a far deeper game design than it looks. Pokemon features way more strategy and gameplay than it leads on, offering gamers almost infinite gaming possibilities even after the main adventure ends. Pocket Monsters Red was released in Japan in 1996 by mail-order only (the two launch titles were Green and Blue). The franchise arrived in the west in 1998 as Pokemon Blue and Red (Roald Dahl holds the copyright for "Pocket Monsters" in the west, so the title was changed to the Japanese colloquial name). The games could be linked up with each other and with the N64's Pokemon Stadium titles for creature trading.