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Pokemon - Blue Version

by Nintendo
Game Boy
Everyone
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (523 customer reviews)

Price: $249.99
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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00000IYER
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 0.3 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Media: Game Cartridge
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (523 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,304 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

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In Pokémon Blue, your mission is to collect all 150 Pokémon. To collect all 150, you'll need to train each captured Pokémon. Once they evolve, each Pokémon gains power, which can be used to defeat and capture other Pokémon. Along the way, several skilled trainers will challenge you to Pokémon duels. To win the game, you must defeat them all.

Keep in mind that some Pokémon are rare and won't be found in your game. To get all 150, trade Pokémon with your friends using the Game Boy Link Cable, which allows the transfer of Pokémon between Game Paks.

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Welcome to the world of Pokémon, one filled with wild Pokémon and the people who attempt to tame them. You are Ash Ketchum, a boy on a quest to become the best Pokémon trainer in the world. Professor Oak, the leading authority on Pokémon, has given you your choice of three tame Pokémon in exchange for your helping him catalog and document every Pokémon in the world.

But to catalog a Pokémon, you have to capture it by first beating it up with one of your trained Pokémon, and then hitting it with an empty Poké Ball. As your tame Pokémon gain experience in battle, their abilities improve and they earn access to new attacks. Sometimes they even evolve into more advanced Pokémon.

Aside from capturing wild Pokémon and evolving your own, you can catalog new Pokémon by trading with another Pokémon player using either a link cable or the Game Boy Color's infrared system. Pokémon gained through trades learn and evolve faster, and trading is the only way to capture all 151 Pokémon, since each Pokémon game (Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, andPokémon Yellow) has certain Pokémon missing. Of course, as a Pokémon trainer, you've "gotta catch 'em all!"--150 to be exact. So if you own Blue and want to have a complete set of Pokémon, you must find a friendly Red or Yellow owner and arrange a trade.

Pokémon Blue is packed with interesting characters, an ingenious story hook, intriguing strategy, and of course plenty of cute Pokemon and it's easy to see how it started the Pokémania that is sweeping the world. --Michael Fehlauer

Pros:

  • Gameplay and strategy that's fun for all ages
  • Fantastic replay value
  • Brilliant game design encourages players to meet and trade
Cons:
  • Hours of looking at the Game Boy's little screen may hurt neck
  • Only 1 saved game per cartridge--2 people can't share a single game
  • No difference between Red and Blue except for distribution of Pokémon

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139 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Where It All Began May 1, 2007
Format:Game Cartridge
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The year was 1998. I was twelve years old, in middle school, and the Pokemon games debuted in the United States for the very first time. A game so simple and yet at the very same time: So complex. Nothing was more addictive, nothing was more fun than playing Pokemon. If you remember the craze (the REAL craze, presently it isn't nearly as strong as it was back then), then you remember what it was like to go to school back in those days. Suddenly EVERYONE had a Gameboy. Suddenly even those who didn't normally play games or even know what the hell a Gameboy was, had it. And you'd go up to your friends and you'd trade Pokemon, you'd taunt each other about who was the better champion when you battled. You got in arguments over who the best starter was. Then you learned of those glitches to get all your Pokemon to level 100 by duplicating the Rare Candies. You caught Missingno and M-Block and caught Safari Zone Pokemon by exploiting what may very well be one of the most widely known glitches in video game history. And of course, you went to catch them all, and you probably had that ONE friend who you deemed your rival and you had to catch 'em all before he did. If you remember all this, you're a true Pokemon fan. This isn't a myth, this game debuted, sold gazillions of copies and started a craze that--while it isn't as strong--still exists today. This was one of the heights of gaming period.

The Red and Blue versions may have seen stateside release in 1998, but the game was actually made in 1995. Before the television show came around. When the TV series took off in America, the games came next and as I said, they sold more copies than the latest installment of Harry Potter. I'm not kidding.

Red and Blue began almost everything you currently see in the series today.
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Game Boy game ever! November 16, 1999
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Format:Game Cartridge
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Most game boy games are just about having quick reflexes or shooting bad guys, but in this game, you have to use strategy. Its really great when you catch a new pokemon or defeat a gym leader. If any parents are reading this review and have read that newspaper article about this game being really vicious and all about using pokemon to fight- don't you believe it! If this game is vicious then so is chess! The game has other things in it as well- it teaches that if you want something then you have to work towards it. Also, some pokemon are really weak when you catch them, but they get incredebly strong when you train them hard enough- there's probably a moral in that somewhere.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Game Cartridge
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
By far, one of the best GameBoy games ever in America. In this game, the point is to capture and train 150 various monsters in order to become the best Pokemon Master. In this version there are 10 different Pokemon than the Red Version, but this one is defenitely one of the best. You will have a rival which you may name, not to mention you can choose from three different Pokemon at the beggining of the game. A must BUY, click on that ADD TO CART space now!
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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All we are saaayiiiing, is give Pokemon a chaaaance... December 3, 1999
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Format:Game Cartridge
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Let's face it. If you are a Pokemon fan, you _will_ buy this game, if you don't already have it, and it doesn't matter in the slightest what I or anyone else has to say about it.
Personally, I'm not a Pokemon fan; like most grownups, I find the TV series to be way too cloying and cutesy, and I have an overwhelming urge to flee the room whenever I'm serenaded by some child's cries of "Pika! Pika!" I expected a game filled with the little critters to be about as much fun as an all-night Barney movie marathon.
But I have to tell you that I was very pleasantly surprised. Don't get me wrong: Pokemon Red and Blue are still cute games, but it's cuteness at a very bearable, adult-accessible level. And you'll find yourself playing a very enjoyable, approachable game, with a surprising depth of play. There's a lot of fun involved in capturing and developing your Poke-army, and a lot of strategy in deciding the best set of techniques to obtain and develop.
You'll have a good time. And if you're not careful, you may even find yourself negotiating Pokemon trades with your next-door neighbor's kids.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great game for kids, beats watching tv! May 22, 2000
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
My kids and I all love the Pokemon Gameboys (the three of us each have our own Gameboy). The blue Pokemon game is very similar to the red, with the Yellow having some slight differences.
I like the way the Pokemon game challenges kids. I suggest also buying one of the books which shows the various routes and places. This allows kids to work at the tasks without getting frustrated.
The idea is to start at Prof. Oak's house, get your first Pokemon from him, and then journey all around the land of Pokemon, collecting various wild pokemon (which you catch by battling them until they faint), and doing battle with other trainers along the way.
In the process, kids learn to manuever through mazes of increasing complexity (which is why the manuals are a help), to gather and use items, and to develop strategies for fighting various types of Pokemon. My five year-old even started to read while using her Gameboy, from needing to know which items she had with her (in her Item List)!
All in all these are great games which can be played over and over (although only one game at a time can be saved), and which will provide your kids with hundreds of hours of fun.
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