Pokémon Blue Version


Virtual Console (Nintendo 3DS)


Nintendo 3DS (European version)

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79 blocks


Game Boy

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Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version introduce legions of gamers to the world of Kanto, where the likes of Charmander, Pikachu, and Mewtwo were first discovered. Through exciting exploration, battles, and trades, Trainers are able to access 150 Pokémon.

You begin your journey in Pallet Town as a young boy. After a dangerous brush with wild Pokémon, Professor Oak teaches you how to capture Pokémon, and then sends you on your way as a fledgling Trainer. During your journey through Kanto, you must capture Pokémon to record their information in your Pokédex, as well as become a better Trainer by competing in Gyms scattered throughout the region. Once you've proven your mettle as a Pokémon Trainer, it's time to take on the Elite Four, a crack group of Trainers that will put all of your learned skills to the test.

Your journey will be far from easy. In addition to the many Trainers and wild Pokémon you'll encounter along the way, you'll also have to be watchful of Team Rocket, a despicable group of Pokémon thieves. Prevent Team Rocket from stealing rare Pokémon and stop their criminal ways!

You won't be able to catch every Pokémon in either Pokémon Red Version or Pokémon Blue Version; to collect every Pokémon, you'll have to trade with friends. You can also take your team of faithful Pokémon into battle against your pals to see how well your team stacks up!

There's much to see and do in Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version. Start your journey through Kanto and become a Master Trainer!

Please note: 11MB (90 blocks) or more of free memory space is required in order to store this software on your console.

Updated version of Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version or Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition

Please note: for owners of Nintendo 2DS systems that come with Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version or Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition pre-installed, an updated version of the game is currently being distributed on Nintendo eShop.

Please update the software by launching Nintendo eShop whilst connected to the internet, then opening the Menu, tapping ‘Settings / Other’, and selecting ‘Available Updates’.

Notice regarding Pokémon Bank and the Nintendo 2DS Special Edition hardware bundles with pre-installed Pokémon Virtual Console titles

A small subset of Pokémon fans will want to take note of some important instructions from Nintendo. These instructions involve anyone who:

Has a Pokémon Bank account through an existing Nintendo system;


Purchases a Nintendo 2DS Special Edition hardware bundle with pre-installed Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version or Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition games;


Wants to transfer Pokémon from those games to their Pokémon Bank account.

People who fit into that category must remember to first perform a system transfer from their existing system to the Nintendo 2DS Special Edition system before starting the game or registering a new Nintendo Network ID. A full explanation on how to perform the transfer can be found in our System Transfer section.