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Pokemon: Yellow Version - Special Pikachu Edition

by Nintendo
Game Boy
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000047GEI
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 3.4 x 0.6 inches ; 2.9 ounces
  • Media: Game Cartridge
  • Release Date: October 18, 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,370 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

While it's basically the same game as the previously released Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue, Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition features enhancements that make it the best version yet. In all three versions, the player is on a quest to become the World's Greatest Pokémon Trainer, with exploration and Pokémon battles (think advanced paper-scissors-rock) factoring heavily into the gameplay. While the game world is the same in all three versions, the Pokémon you encounter vary from version to version; the underlying goal of collecting all 151 Pokémon can only be met by trading Pokémon via Link Cable with another player with a different Pokémon version. (Players can also battle against one another using the Link Cable setup.)

Pokémon Yellow follows the TV cartoon series more closely than the other versions. Your first Pokémon in Yellow is Pikachu, and he travels alongside you as opposed to inside a Pokéball (like most Pokémon). Pikachu's mood can be displayed virtual pet style: keeping him happy is important, as his mood affects certain events in the game. In addition to the inclusion of other TV show elements like Team Rocket, new battle modes between players are available as well as a secret game called Pikachu's Beach.

If you haven't played any of the Pokémon games before, Pokémon Yellow is the best place to start. But while Pokémaniacs will go gaga over Yellow's new features, less enthusiastic veterans of Red and Blue may not find the extras to be quite so special. --Joe Hon


  • Best version yet of the highly addictive Pokémon game
  • Pikachu's moods raise the game's cuteness bar to an all-new level
  • Features new battle modes between players
  • Includes Pikachu's Beach secret game
  • Pokémon battles can be repetitive at times
  • New features may not be enough for some Pokémon veterans

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Nintendo Gameboy. Pokemon Special Pikachu EDITION.

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155 of 171 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pokemon Yellow is the best of the three! May 22, 2000
Format:Game Cartridge
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.
The foremost of these is the fact that Pikachu just won't stay in his Pokeball! He follows you around in the game, and you have to keep him happy or you lose points and various opportunities. I also like the addition of Jesse and James (characters from the cartoon), and the additional battles they provide. If I had to pick just one of the three, this is the one I'd pick.
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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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable video game! February 7, 2000
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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   
I am a middle-aged mother who bought this game for my 5 year old son for Christmas. However, upon plugging it in, I found that unless a child is a pretty good reader already, this game would be difficult for them to play. I was going to put it aside for him, but thought I'd give it a whirl myself first. It hooked me completely! I love it. It's given me a great education into the Pokemon phenomenum, which is good since my son likes Pokemon. It's non-violent. And, although challenging, not too difficult or frustrating - a plus for both kids and adults alike. This is the first video game that I have played to the end. I highly recommend it for anyone with children who are already competent readers. For those with younger children, buy it but wait until they can read to let them play it. I'll be waiting impatiently for Nintendo to release the Gold and Silver gameboy cartridges here in the states.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PoKéMoN YeLLoW April 1, 2000
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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   
Pokémon Yellow is a great game! It has BETTER pics, BETTER Pokédex data, and DIFFERENT attacks for Pokémon(including a new psychic attack called KINESIS)! You can get Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander(a.k.a. the starters). You start off with a Pikachu and Gary begins with an Eevee. I don't care if you already have any other version, THIS IS A BEST BUY!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pokemon Master in Training! May 9, 2000
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Format:Game Cartridge|Verified Purchase
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm a first time GameBoy owner and I found this game to be pretty impressive given the limitations of the GameBoys power. I have Pokemon Stadium for N64 which is outstanding and found that without Pokemon raised in the Red, Blue or Yellow games that you can only get so far. I resisted buying a GameBoy just to play the N64 game better but now I'm glad I did. I haven't played Pokemon Red or Blue but Yellow is simply a better version of both from what I've read. The graphics (especially the battles) are very good given the before mentioned limitations. I would say it is original Nintendo 8-bit Game system quality. The sound is as good as possible given the tiny speaker and fits right in with the N64 game and the cartoon series. The gameplay itself is very absorbing and easy to pickup. I'm a novice but I can see where I'll be playing this game for quite awhile accumulating Pokemon I can export into my N64 game. The only criticism I have is the fact that you almost have to have both game systems to enjoy the Pokemon games, although they are very fun as stand alone products. You also have to have the Red, Blue and Yellow games to collect all the Pokemon as there is a handful missing from each game. For example, there are 12 of 150 missing from each version. I recommend this game highly however. Now go "catch 'em all!"
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rocks with Pokemon Stadium April 7, 2000
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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   
Mum bought Pokemon Stadium and now I can play this on the TV too. I like it because Pikachu travels with you, not in the PokeBall. It is more like the TV show than red and blue versions. Also on TV it looks great - the colour is fabulous. If you only get one Pokemon game, make it this one. Then if you are lucky enought to have N64 Pokemon Stadium it will be even better.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than red & blue? April 23, 2000
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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   
First of all, I would like to point out that I'm way over the 5-12 age average for pokémon, but I just can't refuse a good game when I see one. The pokémon rage has dominated the games market by using the same urge to collect technique that powered other rages like Magic cards and Pogs. Unlike the previous two, pokémon has managed to sustain its popularity through toys, cards, a feature-length movie and a top-rated cartoon. It's this specific cartoon that pokémon yellow is based on.
If you're already familiar with the red & blue versions, the first thing you will have noticed in yellow is that you begin with Pikachu as your starting pokémon, just like in the cartoon, and he follows you around everywhere. The best thing about this is that you can check his attitude from time to time and he ACTUALLY SAYS HIS NAME! Even though there's a bit of static, the fact that you can create sound like this on a gameboy is a remarkable achievement! Even more surprising is that there are at least twenty different ways Pikachu can say his name whether he's happy, sad, scared, confused, poisoned, etc. etc.
Another difference to this version is that all the pokémon have been re-drawn to look exactly like they did in the cartoon and the pokédex data has been changed. Jessie and James also make a guest appearence a few times (too few in fact) and recite their horribly corny motto as they attack you with Ekans/Arbok, Koffing/Weezing, and Meowth. Other nice touches are that Brock and Misty have also been re-drawn too look like the cartoon and the other gym leaders have different pokémon.
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Great product, shipped extremely fast. THANK YOU!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste 250
You do realize you can just get an emulator on your phone and get this rom for free, right? Don't waste 250 bucks
Published 17 days ago by Pen Name
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Published 27 days ago by Andrew Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good game very good game
This is a pretty good game I had this game a long time ago it was a good game I love that pikachu he is funny and cute love this game I give it 5 stars
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everything works and is awesome not even the label was damaged on mine which is very rare so with that said buy it
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Buying and playing this game brought back childhood memories, glad it came in such great quality, no complaints. Shipped fast!
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