Pokémon Yellow (ポケットモンスター ピカチュウ)
Developer: Publisher: Platform: Release Date(s): Mode(s): Rating(s): Controller(s):
Game Freak Nintendo Game Boy September 12, 1998 (JPN)
October 1, 1999 (USA)
June 16, 2000 (EUR)
Single player
Game Boy


Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition: Yellow Version (ポケットモンスター ピカチュウ - Pocket Monsters Pikachu) was the forth and final Generation 1 game to be released for the Nintendo Game Boy portable system. The game was first released in Japan on September 12nd, 1998 and retailed for 3000yen.


Pokémon unavailable directly in Pokémon Yellow. Must be traded from other games.
The games at the heart are an RPG and strategy game what allows players to battle, collect, train and showcase their Pokémon. Players start of the game in Pallet Town (マサラタウン) of the Kanto region. One of the first things the player is required to get a starter Pokémon at Professor Oak laboratory. Unlike Pokémon Red and Blue where the player can choose between three starter Pokémon, Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle, the player is forced to start with Pikachu. Professor Oak gives the player Pikachu as their first Pokémon but this particular Pikachu doesn't like being cooped up in a Poké Ball, so it follows the players character on the screen.

The games objective it to become the greatest Pokémon trainer in the world. While on the journey, players will battle several over skilled trainers and encounter many wild Pokémon that they can battle and get. In order to be allowed to participate in the Pokémon League at the Indigo Plateau (セキエイこうげん), players must battle 8 different gym leaders and obtain a gym badge from them. The gym badge indicates that the trainer has successfully defeated the gym leader and has shown the necessary skills in training their Pokémon for battling.

The gym leaders are the same as they were in the other Generation 1 games and are as follows:
Brock, Misty, Lt. Surge, Erika, Koga, Sabrina, Blaine and Giovanni.

The Pokémon in the game can only be found in specific locations and some of them are harder to find and obtain than others. The Pokémon locations are also different between the games as players will have to search harder between games to find the Pokémon they are looking for. When a wild Pokémon is encountered, the player is sent into battle with it and once its hit points are low enough, the player can choose to capture it with a Poké ball and trainer it. Some Pokémon also have the ability evolve into new and more powerful Pokémon through various evolution methods that were first introduced in the first generation games.

The game features Pokémon from the first generation but not every Pokémon is available in each version of the game. On the right is a list of Pokémon that are not available in Pokémon Yellow version. Player need to use the Game Boy Link Cable and trade Pokémon with other people in order to get all the Pokémon. The Game Boy Link Cable allows players to link up their Game Boy's together with compatible games like Pokémon Red and Blue in order to use multiplayer features. Once the games are linked, players can choose to trade Pokémon or initiate a Pokémon battle with their human opponent.

Pokémon Yellow Variations:
Pokémon Yellow features a similar plot and gameplay to both Pokémon Red and Blue which are independent games on their own but Pokémon Yellow has a few different aspects which makes it unique.


  • Use the Game Boy Link Cable and trade Pokémon with your friends or test your skills against them in a Pokémon battle.
  • Battle, collect and train up to 150 different Pokémon.
  • Play on the go or at home. With the Game Boy, players can play and collect Pokémon wherever they are.
  • Pokémon are found in different areas than in the Red and Blue versions.
  • Jesse and James from Team Rocket appear throughout the game.
  • Special rewards for Trainers who keep their Pikachus happy.
  • Rival gym leaders use different Pokémon and new battle strategies.
  • Link two Pokémon Yellow cartridges for three new battle modes: Pika Cup, Poké Cup, Petite Cup.
  • Players can print out Pokédex entries using the Game Boy Printer.


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