They were released in Japan in 1996 as Red and Green and later in North America as Red and Blue.
The games have been on Imagine Games Network's Top 100 Games of All Time for at least 4 years.
Pokemon Red and Blue are not compatible with the games made for Game Boy Advance or GameCube.
It is said the lack of effects in the games promotes the imagination of the player.
The phrase "to catch 'em all", meaning to collect all the Pokemon in the game, is the biggest challenge of the game.
Nintendo Power placed both Red and Blue as the 3rd best game ever created for the Game Boy.
The designers wanted to change the characters before releasing in the United States. They thought the characters were too cute for American children.
They also wanted to ensure the characters did not display too much violence during battles. There is no blood or dying; the characters only faint.
The game was originally titled "Capsule Monsters".
When the games were brought to North America, the entire game had to be reprogrammed since they could not simply translate the Japanese to English. This is also when each individual Pokemon was named.
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