16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2000
Pokemon Yellow has lots more features than Blue or Red such as Jessie & James,Pikachu's Beach(if you have Pokemon Stadium for N64),different Pokemon to trade for,but best of all,even though you are guaranteed a Pikachu at the beggining you also get Bulbasaur,Charmander and Squirtle,so therefore you will end up with Pikachu,Venusaur,Charizard and Blastoise! Whereas in Red or Blue,you only have 1 out of the above! This is DEFINETELY my favourite game! A TOTAL must for true Pokemaniacs!
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2002
People may say that pokemon yellow is just another pokemon red or blue pokemon game. Well, it isn't but in fact millions of times better. You now have a pikachu following you right from the beggining of the game. You can turn to him to see how he feels. He can be happy, sleepy, excited, confused, amazed and several other things. In this new game you can get all of the starting pokemon, (from red and blue) Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle unlike in the other games when you could only get one. Pokemon's abilities have changed and now they have different attacks at different levels. Within in this game you can play a cute mini game where Pikachu surfs. Like in the television show Jesse games and Meowth are in this game. If you have a gameboy printer you can now print your pokemon off to prove you have that pokemon or for what ever reason. A lot of other trainers in the game have new pokemon. You can now play several different battling game with friends using a link cable aswell as trading pokemon. The pokemon's pictures have changed and improved. There are several other improvments, quite a lot of small ones such as a Chansey being behind the counter at the Pokemon Centre, Officer Jenny actually looking like Officer Jenny and the game is now yellow if it is on a Gameboy Colour. Pokemon Special Pikachu Edition, Yellow Version is compatible with Gameboy Classic/pocket, Gameboy Colour and link cables and printers can also be used. This game is very good and contains a lot of new features.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2003
A brilliant game for that all age groups can enjoy. Though the storyline can get a little sad at times (you must fulfill your destiny to become a poke'mon master), it's a good game that is easy to learn, and near impossible to master. You are Ash Ketchum, a 10 year old boy whos dream is to conquer the 4 champions of the Poke'mon Leauge and become the World Poke'mon Champion of all time! Unlike the other two 'primary games' (poke'mons red and blue) you don't choose between the three basic poke'mon of the three basic elements (grass, fire, water, or bulbasaur, charmander and squirtle, if you follow), but never fear, for you now have the poke'mon that Ash origionally started with in the cartoon series, Pikachu. This is no ordinary pikachu, though, it refuses to evolve or get into a poke'ball, so when you're walking around the screen, you see Pikachu following you, and you can 'talk' to him and find out how he's feeling. From then on you're out on your own with pikachu, looking for other poke'mon to catch in this simply HUGE world that you're in! Along your way, you meet characters from the TV show, and battle gym leaders for different badges each with different magical powers! This is the best of the many poke'mon gameboy versions available, and I'm talking from experience. It's also easier than the red or blue versions because you start off with a potentially very powerful poke'mon. I hope the review helps you make up your mind and that you buy this game, because it'll last you a long time. Thanks.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2011
if you are a pokemon fan then this is more of the same. My son has recently decided to re-aquaint himself with the pokemon games after a few yrs of not playing and loves this game just as much as the new black/white pokemom. He thinks this is harder than some of the newer games, but he is happy that this is the case.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2000
Though Pokemon has largely been targeted at a younger audience, there is so much in this game that everyone can enjoy. Because it was created after the cartoon series started broadcasting, it's much more like the Pokemon everyone knows (Blue and Red are quite different).
If you own blue/red, you might not want to get this version (Additional cost and all that), but if you don't own a Pokemon copy, BUY THIS GAME!
Colour graphics, improved Pokemon pictures, fighting Jessie and James,
surfing Pikacbu ...the list of what makes this game brilliant is endless!
on 24 April 2013
Life is filled with many moments of questionable decision making. For example: you see a camera in a shop. You already own one of the same design, but the one in the shop has a couple of minor additions to it. What do you do? Do you leave it because the additions are only minor? Or do you shell out £50 for the minor extras because you are loyal to that particular brand of cameras? The same analogy could probably have been used for Pokémon Yellow: The Special Pikachu Edition for the Game Boy when it was released back in the day. Should the consumer get it because they were loyal to the Pokémon brand? Or just leave it because the differences from the Red and Blue versions were rather minute?
In summer of 2000, nearly a year after the release of Pokémon Red and Blue, Nintendo released the Yellow version in the hope capitalizing on the dizzy heights of the Pokémon craze and the popularity of Ash Ketchum's best mate...No, I'm not talking about yours truly (unfortunately). I'm talking about Pikachu. So to recap: You are a 10-year old boy from Pallet Town. You're curious for adventure and want to leave town, but Professor Oak insists that you take a Pokémon companion with you. From this point onwards you have two objectives: fight battles, win badges and make it to the top of the Pokémon League summit; and track down and collect every single Pokémon in existence, which in the case of Yellow (with some trading assistance from Red and Blue) is 150.
I've already mentioned the available features, and the pros and cons of the first generation adventure in my review of Red and Blue, so here I'll be trying my best to focus more on the differences between them and this Yellow version. First off, for those watching in black & white, Pokémon Yellow comes on a yellow coloured cartridge...Wikipedia, Ted Lowe, done!
Probably the biggest difference is at the start of the game. Instead of a getting a choice between Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur, circumstances out of your hands mean you'll have to make do with a reluctant Pikachu, just like the anime. Well actually Ash stayed up late...later domestically abused his alarm clock...never a good mix. Any who, Pikachu will follow you around in the game like a piece of cute furry chewing gum on the sole of an adventure seeking shoe. At pretty much any point you see fit you can face Pikachu, and by pressing the A button get an update on its feelings towards you. Finding out what the "electric mouse" thinks of you is mildly intriguing. In fact his happiness is the key to obtaining a Pokémon from Cerulean City, so be nice to the little fella!
Pokémon Yellow was altered in places to resemble parts of the first season of the anime. When you see your character before the start of the game, or by checking the badges page in the menu, you'll find that your character does look more like Ash during his Kanto region adventures, and your rival also looks more like Gary from the same season. Also, when fighting or checking out your Pokédex, the designs of Pokémon do look more like those that could be seen in the anime. Anyone who watched the show back in the day and had fond memories of it (yes, Ash was reckless but that's what helped make the show funny) may have found these features to be appealing, and may still do today, as they could relate between that and this Yellow game slightly better than they could in Red and Blue, with numerous moments of "I recognize that bit."
Whipping the out the magnifying glass and looking for more differences, the game is a little bit more difficult than Red and Blue. There's a couple of extra battles in places, and some of the Team Rocket battles are different. For example: at several points in the game you bump into Jessie and James and have to battle their Prepare-for-trouble-Make-it-double Pokémon, including Meowth who sadly doesn't have any speaking parts. As for the gym battles, well apart from the first one with Brock, the battles are tougher with the Pokémon levels being slightly higher than those found in Red and Blue. Ideal for anyone who was looking for more of a challenge.
One final addition to mention is the Pikachu mini game. If I recall correctly, the zap-tastic critter could participate in a surfing game, providing it knew the HM move "Surf." This is a water type move that should not be accessible to electric type Pokémon, but if I recall correctly (again!) your Pikachu could gain this move with some help from Pokémon Stadium for the Nintendo 64. If you're a retro Nintendo fanatic who happens to own both games then it might be worth checking out.
So there are all the differences, but like I said the differences are small. Anyone who already owned either Red or Blue and saw footage of this game on TV or wherever may have been left wondering if it was really worth shelling out £30-35 for basically the same game. It's like sprinkling a pinch of icing sugar on an already heavily iced doughnut, or adding a couple of minor features to a camera which I mentioned in the opening paragraph and is now looking rather silly compared to the rest of this review.
Nevertheless, the gameplay and lifespan of Pokémon Yellow is still fantastic. The numerous Pokémon, the element types, and the different moves they can learn or be taught all provide layers and layers of strategic depth; while watching your Pokémon grow and sometimes evolve as you go through this journey is simply a rewarding experience. Soooooooo...is Pokémon Yellow worth getting your hands on? Well if you don't own either Red or Blue, then yes it certainly is. And if you're a Pokémaniac who does?...You know what? Screw it! Just buy it anyway.
Final Score: 10/10
on 4 July 2010
Its intresting to think that at one point this was being reviewd right here on DooYoo as a brand new product, and yet I am reviewing it as one of gaming history and nostalgia.
Pok'emon yellow was released in the summer of 2000, being brought out as a special edition to give the fans a better link to the anime story. Obviously from the cover , this game featured highly around Pikachu and allowed the player to more realistically play out the story of Ash Katchum.
Whilst the gameplay and dynamics were widely the same as its counterpart Pok'emon red/blue , Yellow added a few more new details and aspects.
Essentialy staying as a top down role playing game, you controlled a young boy wanting to become a top trainer. This is where the first change occurs between this and red/blue, as you start off with pikachu , you venture straight out into the world and dont choose from the 3 starter pok'emon of squirtle , bulbasur and charmander. Although they could be gained later on from NPC's in various ways.
Pikachu , unlike every other pok'emon, lives outside of the ball and follows behind the player. The player could also interact with Pikachu , such as turning around and seeing his emotion, be it happy or sad, angry or confused. These changes occured mostly down to its condition, so low health or a confusion attack had their respective emotions shown. Pikachu would also react depending on the building or area you were entering which gave you a little hint as to wether something bad was about to go down.
For the first time in the game , as well as linking with the show, Jesse, James and Meowth appear. In case you dont remember the animated series these are the running enemies of the show and are known as Team Rocket, their intrests include trying to steal your Pok'emon and making a strange signal very similar to the Nazi salute. I wonder wether you questioned as I always did , wether they should spend less time chasing Ash and just buy some Pok'e balls and catch some Pok'emon, I mean it isn't that difficult.
Another small change was that a small amount of new Pok'emon were bought to the series, however some were then pulled out of the game. Cleverly meaning that for the purists, they would need both games and have to trade and evolve in both games between two game boys.
Battle systems remained the same with the game relying on its simple turn based formula for attacks, as well as the use of items.
The game was also released for use on Game boy Colour, the first Pok'emon game to do so, although the colours weren't overly vivid and so it wasn't easy to show of all the bright colours the Pok'emon showed off in the series. Pikachu was however as yellow as he could be and the graphics remained the same as they did in the previous outing, but the shading and grass was slightly better with the inclusion of colour letting a slight amount of depth to be created. Notably with Pikachu you could see his markings which brought a smile to my young face every time I turned the game on.
The sound to remained the same, although picking up slightly with the Gameboy Colours slightly better speakers. I am happy for this as if they had taken away the iconic battle noise I would have been a little distraught.
The game also caused the release of a special Pikachu Game boy Colour
This game has 100's of hours of gameplays , be it battles or trying to "catch em all"
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2004
This was the first game I brought for my gameboy and I am so glad that I did! This is by far the best pokemon game yet, inculding the new ones. Although pokemon crystal, ruby etc have been upgraded slightly they don't put pokemon yellow to shame. Pokemon yellow allows you to have a pikachu from the start (yay!) and to collect all three starter pokemon (double yay!). There is also a little secret tucked away into the game....there are 151 pokemon to collect ( meaning you can't stop after you've caught Mewtwo)!! Buy this game and good luck with it!!!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2004
The world from the TV cartoon is back in this "new" installment of Pokemon for Gameboy. You, Ash, must go out there and win against other trainers, Gym Leaders, and the evil orginisation, Team Rocket, to become the #1 champion of the world, and if you collect all 150 (151 with Mew) Pokemon, you'll receive a special prize form Prof Oak! Between the Red/Blue and Yellow games, I'd say this is the best one. It's the only one where you can get all three starter Pokemon, and is more truthful to the TV show, although certain Pokmeon can't be caught here, so you have to trade and evolve Pokemon to fill upthat Pokedex!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2013
What can I say about this product? The most popular and therefore the hardest to acquire game, in the Pokémon franchise. Brand new and still plastic wrapped so you can relive your childhood of opening this game as new and beginning your Kanto adventure all over again. Delivery was swift. An excellent transaction for many happy memories.