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Pokémon Blue Version (Japanese)

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Pokémon Blue Version
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Box art of Pokémon Blue Version, depicting Blastoise.
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Basic info
Platform: Game Boy (enhanced for the Super Game Boy and Super Game Boy 2)
Category: RPG
Players: 2 players simultaneous
Connectivity: Link cable
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo
Part of: Generation I core series
Ratings
CERO: N/A
ESRB: N/A
ACB: N/A
OFLC: N/A
PEGI: N/A
GRB: N/A
Release dates
Japan: October 15, 1996 (CoroCoro Comic)[1][2]
October 10, 1999 (retail)[1][2]
North America: September 30, 1998*
Australia: November 1, 1998*
Europe: October 8, 1999*
South Korea: N/A
Websites
Japanese: Pokémon.co.jp
Nintendo.co.jp
English: N/A

Pokémon Blue Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスター Pocket Monsters: Blue), also known as Pocket Monsters: Blue Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスターブルーバージョン) in the in-game credits, is the third core series Pokémon game for Game Boy, released in Japan on October 15, 1996 exclusively to subscribers of CoroCoro Comic[1][2] and on October 10, 1999 to general retail[1][2] as a minor revision of Pokémon Red and Green Versions (Japanese: ポケットモンスター Pocket Monsters: Red & Green), which were released earlier that year. It was thus the first solitary version in the core series Pokémon games.

Various fixes in the game include a graphics and sound upgrade, as well as the removal of several known glitches that had been found in the original pair. Like its paired predecessors, it was never truly released outside of Japan; however, while Red and Green provided the wild Pokémon and version-exclusive Pokémon lists for the rest of the world's Pokémon Red and Blue, Blue provided the graphics, game engine, and script for translation.

Plot

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Much as would become standard for solitary versions, players follow the plot of the previous two games. Like in Red and Green, the player starts in Pallet Town in the Kanto region, receiving a starter Pokémon from Professor Oak. As before, the choices are Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, and the rival chooses the starter that is super-effective against the player's starter.

Once more, the eight Gym Leaders of Kanto are Brock, Misty, Lt. Surge, Erika, Koga, Sabrina, Blaine, and Giovanni, while the Elite Four are Lorelei, Bruno, Agatha, and Lance, with the rival still in the Champion's place.

Again, the evil Team Rocket is causing chaos across the region, and it is up to the player to defeat them.

Changes from Red and Green

  • Kanto is aesthetically redesigned, with the design of doors, signposts and other tilesets redesigned. Cerulean Cave, the game's final dungeon, receives the most significant overhaul, sporting a completely different layout. These designs would later be reused for the international Pokémon Red and Blue.
  • In-game trades are changed to different Pokémon.
  • Game Corner prizes are different.
  • The introduction of the game features a battle between a Gengar and a Jigglypuff, as opposed to a Gengar and a Nidorino, as it was in Pokémon Red and Green. This change carried on into the localized version of Pokémon Blue, while the original appeared in the localized Pokémon Red.
  • Some Pokémon only available through in-game trades in Red and Green are now found in the wild.
  • Missingno. was given the placeholder Pokédex entry コメント さくせいちゅう Comment to be written. and became the ??? species. This was not translated, resulting in a glitched Pokédex entry in the localized Pokémon Red and Blue and the corruption of Missingno.'s original height and weight (1.0 m (3.3 ft) and 10.0 kg (22.1 lb), respectively), showing instead a height of 10.0 ft (3.1 m) and a weight of 3507.2 lb (1590.8 kg).[3]
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Features

Gyms

Much as in Red and Green, there are eight Pokémon Gyms in Kanto, each with their own type affiliation. The Gym Leaders are Brock (Rock), Misty (Water), Lt. Surge (Electric), Erika (Grass), Koga (Poison), Sabrina (Psychic), Blaine (Fire), and Giovanni (Ground).

Elite Four

The Elite Four at Indigo Plateau also remains unchanged, with Lorelei (Ice), Bruno (Fighting), Agatha (Ghost), and Lance (Dragon). The Champion is Blue, who has no type specialization.

Pokémon

Blue did not introduce any new Pokémon, and so the 151 present in Red and Green are the only ones obtainable. Like Red and Green, some Pokémon are missing from Blue and must be traded from another game to complete the Pokédex or evolved from less powerful forms.

Missing Pokémon

The following Pokémon are not obtainable in Pokémon Blue. In order to obtain any of the below Pokémon, they must be traded from one of the paired versions of Generation I, or Generation II, which has that Pokémon available, which will be indicated.

Blue
023 023 Ekans Poison R
024 024 Arbok Poison R
037 037 Vulpix Fire G
038 038 Ninetales Fire G
056 056 Mankey Fighting R
057 057 Primeape Fighting R
069 069 Bellsprout Grass Poison G
070 070 Weepinbell Grass Poison G
071 071 Victreebel Grass Poison G
125 125 Electabuzz Electric R
126 126 Magmar Fire G

Development

Main article: Pokémon Red and Green beta

Soundtrack

Main article: Game Boy: Entire Pokémon Sounds Collection CD

The soundtrack release for Pokémon Red and Green also applies to Pokémon Blue.

Staff

Main article: Staff of Pokémon Blue (JP)

Trivia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 ポケットモンスター 青 | ポケットモンスターオフィシャルサイト
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 ポケットモンスター青
  3. Missing Number


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