#PokemonTalk: First Generation Games

So today I want to talk about the first generation of Pokemon Games. I’ve been a fan of Pokemon since I first saw the TV ad on one of our national TV channels – I was like 12 or 13 – and since that day I fell in love with the Pokemon Universe.


And it is so popular and expanded it can be found anywhere on this planet – especially in Japan – where you have Pokemon-themed cafes and airplanes and trains and tons of collectibles.. So over the years – I played some of the games – watched the anime series and re-watched them, collected some cards and figures – this happened more recently – since my old collection of Pokemon cards is gone now :(.

And since I really want to play more of the games – I wanted to start experimenting again with the first generation of Pokemon games. I don’t really enjoy this generation since it lacks lots of features and seems quite ancient – but starting with FireRed – I want to play and to upload videos of the gaming sessions.

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First Generation Pokemon Games

All titles in this generation were released for the Game Boy.

Title Japan America Europe
Pokémon Red February 27, 1996 September 30, 1998 October 5, 1999
Pokémon Green February 27, 1996 unreleased unreleased
Pokémon Blue October 15, 1996 September 30, 1998 October 5, 1999
Pokémon Yellow September 12, 1998 October 19, 1999 June 16, 2000

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Additional Information:

Original release dates:

  • JP: February 27, 1996
  • NA: September 28, 1998
  • EU: October 5, 1999
  • AU: October 23, 1998


  • Known in Japan as Poketto Monsutā Aka (ポケットモンスター 赤, lit. “Pocket Monsters Red”) and Poketto Monsutā Ao (ポケットモンスター 青, lit. “Pocket Monsters Blue”) respectively. Along with Poketto Monsutā Midori (ポケットモンスター緑, lit. “Pocket Monsters Green”) which was released along with Red in Japan.
  • The first titles in the Pokémon series.
  • Red and Green were sold first in Japan, with Blue released a few months later with updated graphics and dialogue.
  • The American releases were Blue and Red, featuring the Pokémon distribution of Japanese Red and Green, and the updates from the Japanese Blue.
  • The three games combined have sold more than any other Game Boy game.
  • Enhanced remakes of Red and Green, called Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, were released in 2004 for Game Boy Advance.
  • Red, Green and Blue were re-released on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in 2016.

Original release dates:

  • JP: September 12, 1998
  • NA: October 18, 1999
  • AU: September 3, 1999
  • EU: June 16, 2000


  • Known in Japan as Poketto Monsutā Pikachū (ポケットモンスターピカチュウ, lit. “Pocket Monsters Pikachu”).
  • Unique because your main Pokémon (Pikachu) follows behind you, becoming the first Pokémon game to do so.
  • Director’s cut version of Pokémon Red and Blue. It is a memorial version of anime.
  • Packaged as a Game Boy title outside Japan, but is actually a Game Boy Color title in those regions.
  • Yellow was re-released on Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in 2016.

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Pokémon Red Version (JP) and Pokémon Blue Version (JP), along with Pokémon Green (Japan only), are the first Pokémon games ever released in America, Europe, and Australia. They are currently some of the best selling. The two games were released alongside each other, each containing minor differences. In the titles, the player longs to become the greatest Pokémon Trainer by capturing and raising species known as Pokémon. In the games there are 151 Pokémon that could be caught.

So basically all these first generation games follow up the story of you entering the world of Pokemon – choosing one starting Pokemon and then exploring and battling other wild ones or trainers.

I was playing a while ago Pokemon FireRed on my tablet and managed to capture like 30 Pokemon – and I want to start playing the game with an emulator on my laptop to create some videos for YouTube. I tried recording some footage with the first gen games but the emulator doesn’t allow video recording… only screenshots – so the photos above with the Blue and the Green editions are from the emulated versions of the games.

Another fact that I find interesting is about the differences in these versions of the games. In some you cannot find the Pokemons from another version. Also Pokemon Yellow Edition has story elements that aren’t found in any of the previous editions. But more interesting stuff is described in the video below.

For now I will play some Pokemon Red or Blue and experiment a little bit with Pokemon Yellow. The Green Version has awful translations and everything seems messed up – for example Pokemon are called Pets and Prof. Oak has some sort of dinosaur species name. The poor translations make it quite unplayable for a foreign audience.

I also wanted to mention that #PokemonTalk will become a series regarding everything I post about Pokemon – so – whenever I have time and I have the mood for discussing this topic – I will post new #PokemonTalk articles.

Gotta catch ’em all! Cheers!!!




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