The first Pokémon generation started with Pokémon Red and Green in Japan, and Pokémon Red and Blue in the rest of the world. These games, coupled with Pokémon Yellow and Pokémon Stadium, are considered the first generation Pokémon games. It introduced 151 species of Pokémon and the region of Kanto. The region is unnamed in the original English games though, the name Kanto being first used in Super Smash Bros. in English. The first generation of games is the basis for all the main Pokémon gameplay as well as the anime. The anime itself spawned Pokémon Yellow which borrows many elements from the anime, such as Pikachu as the Starter Pokémon following you rather than staying in a Poké Ball as in the original games.

List of games

Main games

Portable games

Title Japan America Europe
Pokémon Red and Green February 27, 1996 unreleased unreleased
Pokémon Blue October 10, 1996 unreleased unreleased
Pokémon Red and Blue unreleased September 30, 1998 May 10, 1999
Pokémon Yellow September 12, 1998 October 1, 1999 June 16, 2000

Console games

Title Japan America Europe
Pokémon Stadium 0 August 1, 1998 unreleased unreleased
Pokémon Stadium April 30, 1999 February 29, 2000 April 7, 2000


Title Japan America Europe
Hey You, Pikachu! December 12, 1998 November 6, 2000 unreleased
Pokémon Trading Card Game December 18, 1998 April 10, 2000 December 8, 2000
Pokémon Snap March 21, 1999 July 27, 1999 September 15, 2000
Pokémon Pinball April 14, 1999 June 28, 1999 October 6, 2000
Pokémon Puzzle League unreleased September 25, 2000 March 16, 2001
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