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Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition is the sequel to the Pokémon Red Version and Blue Version games. It is compatible to those games by use of the link cable to trade or battle, and share the same gameplay elements.

The primary difference is your starting Pokémon, which is unanimously Pikachu as the box art implies, to emulate the anime series that originated from Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version. You can see and interact with your Pikachu outside of battles. It will deliberately refuse to evolve into Raichu unless traded to a different version. Also, your rival will be given an Eevee, which will evolve into one of its (then) three evolutions depending on your win/loss ratio with your rival.



  • Surfing Pikachu mini-game, there's a house on the beach near Fuschia City.
  • All starter Pokémon: Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur can be obtained without the use of external trading, through normal progression of the story.
  • Two linked Yellow versions may battle in the following battle modes: Pika Cup, Poké Cup, and Petite Cup.
  • Team Rocket, Jessie, James and Meowth appear in the game.
  • Cerulean Cave has changed from Pokémon Red and Blue.
  • In Viridian Forest, there are Level 9 Pidgeottos, which is otherwise impossible.
  • There is a Missingno Glitch, but it is done differently than Red & Blue Versions.
  • When played on a Game Boy Color, different areas and Pokémon have different colouring. In Red, most everything was red with some sprites being blue. Blue version had the opposite effect.

Missing Pokémon from Yellow

The following Pokémon do not appear in Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition, and must be traded from another version:

Evolving via Trading


This game is supported by the Super Game Boy and the Game Boy Color.

Facts about "Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition"RDF feed
Australian Game Boy Release16 June 2000 +
Australian Release16 June 2000 +
ComposerJunichi Masuda +
ContentTypeVideo Game +
DeveloperGame Freak +
Digital Platform3DS Virtual Console +
DirectorSatoshi Tajiri +
DisplayNamePokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition +
FeaturesSingle-player + and Multi-player +
FranchisePokémon +
GameCatVideo Game +
Game Boy Release16 June 2000 +, 19 October 1999 + and 12 September 1998 +
GenreRPG +
International Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console Release26 February 2016 +
International Release26 February 2016 +
Japanese Game Boy Release12 September 1998 +
Japanese Release12 September 1998 +
Lead ArtistKen Sugimori +
NamePokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition +
NamePagePokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition +
NamesPokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition +
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console Release26 February 2016 +
North American Game Boy Release19 October 1999 +
North American Release19 October 1999 +
PEGI12 + and 12/12+ +
PageNamePokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition +
PageTypeVideo Games + and Games +
PlatformGame Boy + and Virtual Console +
PlatformTypeConsole +
ProducerTakehiro Izushi +, Takashi Kawaguchi + and Tsunekazu Ishihara +
PublisherNintendo +
RatingBodiesESRB + and PEGI +
RatingsESRB-E + and PEGI-12 +
RegionInternational +, Europe +, North America + and Japan +
SeriesPokémon +
StatusReleased +
WriterSatoshi Tajiri + and Toshinobu Matsumiya +
Year2016 +, 2000 +, 1999 + and 1998 +

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