Pokémon Green Version

Pokémon Green
Pokémon Green - boxart
Game Freak
Release Date(s)
JP: February 27, 1996
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Pokémon Green or Pocket Monsters Green(ポケットモンスター 緑, Poketto Monsutā Midori) is the first of the original Pokémon hand held games released. Within this game, players are young Pokémon trainers who set out upon the continent of Kanto. Your dream is to become a Pokémon master, catch all 151 known Pokémon, defeat the 8 Gym Leaders, and then beat the Elite Four for Pokémon Fame!


  • Pokémon Green is compatible with Japanese Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver and Crystal.
  • Game Link Cable to battle and trade Pokémon with friends!
  • Insert game into a GameBoy Color and Pokémon Green will appear in Green Filters.

Japanese Only Release

While Pokémon Green and Red were released in Japan, Pokémon Red and Blue were released across shores, causing people to think that Green was Blue. All three versions eventually became available in Japan, with Blue becoming a special magazine order, however, Green never made across shores due to the enhanced Pokémon sprites that were used in Blue's release, later when the original Pokémon games were re-made, Pokémon Green's color was chosen to be remade instead of Blue as Pokémon LeafGreen There was an unofficial, translated release of Pokémon Green, only on a ROM file, not on cartridge, was made by a fan. However, the translation is extremely poor, as it has been translated word-for-word from Japanese, and sounds very strange. Sprites were different in Pokémon Green to Pokémon Blue and Red, much like they were different in Pokémon Yellow.

The differences between a Pokémon Green sprite (left) and a Pokémon Blue sprite(right)


The locations of Pokémon in Pokémon Green are different, and Pokémon such as Lickitung, Jynx, and Kadabra are catch-able, and do not require training an Abra or trading another Pokémon in order to get. More items are available in Pokémon Green, such as HP Ups being available in PokéMarts. The sprites are different in Pokémon Green, and was one of the main factors that made it unsuccessful in Japan, causing it to never be released across shores. The Unknown Dungeon, where Mewtwo dwells, is one of the larger differences, as the entire cave is different from it's Red and Blue brothers. It has been rumored that all 150 Pokémon may be captured in a single cartridge, and that once this goal is met, one may receive Mew without cheating or events.

Smaller and more obvious differences are the game being tinted green when put into a system that gives it color, and unlike Red and Blue, the cartridge is classic gameboy gray.

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