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Pokémon Dash
Pokémon Dash's North American boxart
Basic info
Platform: Nintendo DS
Category: Racing game
Players: 1-6
Connectivity: DS Wireless
Developer: Ambrella
Publisher: Nintendo
Part of: Generation III side series
Release dates
Japan: December 2, 2004
North America: March 14, 2005
Australia: April 7, 2005
Europe: March 11, 2005
South Korea: March 22, 2007
Japanese: ホーム > ゲーム > ポケモンダッシュ
English: Games : Pokémon Dash
Japanese boxart of Pokémon Dash
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Pokémon Dash (Japanese: ポケモンダッシュ) is a Pokémon racing game for Nintendo DS. It was the first Pokémon game released for the Nintendo DS and the first game to feature a Generation IV Pokémon, Munchlax. The player plays as Pikachu, sliding the stylus across the touch screen in order to keep Pikachu moving, and competing against other Pokémon in the various game modes and racing Cups.

To allow the player to become familiar with the game's controls, the game first offers a practice mode. After the player completes it, the various game modes and Cups become accessible.

The game has 5 Cups: Green Cup, White Cup, Blue Cup, Yellow Cup, and Red Cup, each consisting of 5 courses. The courses differ in the various Grand Prixes and the other game modes. In order to unlock a new Grand Prix, the player needs to complete the previous Prix first by winning all five of its Cups.

There is also a mode which allows the player to create his or her own Cups with courses made of Pokémon sprites from Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald versions. This mode is unlocked along with the Hard Grand Prix mode, after the player has completed the Regular Grand Prix. For detailed information on those special courses, see Special courses.

Single player

Regular GP and Hard GP

In these modes, the player races from checkpoint to checkpoint in a specified order. The player competes with about equally-sized Pokémon.

Expert GP

In the Expert mode, the player starts from the hot-air balloon with a view over the whole course. The players then dives towards the ground and the race begins. All checkpoints must be reached, but in any order. This gives the player the opportunity to choose where to start the race and allows him to play in his own way and with his own strategy. The player will now also compete with larger Pokémon such as Blaziken or Mightyena, making the races more difficult.

Time Attack

Time Attack mode allows a player to re-play any course they have previously completed. The objective of a Time Attack is to complete the entire course in the fastest amount of time possible. Time Attacks are not competitive and there are no CPU-controlled opponents, only the player's Pikachu.


There is a multiplayer mode which can support up to six players. Players may race in any previously completed course. Pokémon Dash does not support DS Download Play, requiring every player to own a copy of the game.

Special courses

Map of courses in Pokémon Dash

Pokémon Dash includes 420 special courses. Most of them are obtainable by inserting a main series game in the GBA slot of a Nintendo DS and selecting from the party a Pokémon whose Pokémon Emerald sprite will become a course map. Besides these 417 different courses (every Pokémon prior to Generation III, including Unown's and Deoxys's alternate forms, and an Egg), there are also three special courses that can be downloaded from official events which star a flying Munchlax, a Flying Pikachu and a Pikachu on a Lapras.

Flying Munchlax Dash.png Flying Pikachu Dash.png Pikachu Lapras Dash.png
Flying Munchlax Flying Pikachu Pikachu and Lapras


The game received a lukewarm reception, mainly due to the fact that the player could only play as Pikachu in single player. Another common complaint was that the game could potentially be finished within hours.


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