ROM cartridge

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A ROM cartridge, also simply referred to as a cartridge or cart, is the storage device in which many of the Pokémon games have been contained.

Throughout the Pokémon game series, all of the core series games have been stored on ROM cartridges, with many variances between them. Many side games have also been on cartridge but some have been for the GameCube and Wii (on discs, not cartridges). The ROM cartridges for the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, and Nintendo 64 are officially called Game Paks, while Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS ROM cartridges are officially called Game Cards.

Specifications

Core series

All core series games are contained on cartridges.

Generation I

All Generation I core series games were released on Game Boy cartridges. The Western version of Pokémon Yellow was released on a Game Boy cartridge, but is enhanced when played on a Game Boy Color.

Generation II

Pokémon Gold and Silver were released on Game Boy cartridges, but are enhanced when played on a Game Boy Color; they were marketed as Game Boy Color games that are backwards compatible with the Game Boy.

Pokémon Crystal was released on a Game Boy Color cartridge.

Generation III

All Generation III core series games were released on Game Boy Advance cartridges.

Generation IV

All Generation IV core series games were released on Nintendo DS cartridges.

Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum were released on the dark grey-colored NTR-005 cartridges. Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver were released on the black-colored NTR-031 DS cartridges, which are for DSi-enhanced games.

Generation V

All Generation V core series games were released on Nintendo DS cartridges, specifically the black-colored NTR-031 DS cartridges, due to being DSi-enhanced.

Generation VI

All Generation VI core series games were released on Nintendo 3DS cartridges.

Generation VII

Pokémon Sun and Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were released on Nintendo 3DS cartridges.

Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! were released on Nintendo Switch cartridges.

Non-handheld

Nintendo 64

The Nintendo 64 cartridge was seen in the Pokémon Stadium series, Hey You, Pikachu!, Super Smash Bros., Pokémon Snap, and Pokémon Puzzle League.

Irregular cartridges

Pokémon Pinball

Pokémon Pinball had a special Game Boy Color cartridge for a vibration feature.

Pokémon mini

The Pokémon mini was a special game system specifically for Pokémon. It had its own cartridges.

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