- This article is about the overworld menu. For the title screen menu, see Main menu.
The menu (Japanese: メニュー menu) is the main interface in all of the core series Pokémon games that allows the player to access the game's basic features and aspects of their save file, with the entries differing throughout the various games. It is accessed by pressing the START button of the Game Boy-line handheld in Generations I to III and by pressing the X button of the Nintendo DS-family or Nintendo 3DS-family handheld in Generation IV and later. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the menu is always open on the touchscreen.
Starting in Generation VI, an entry's position may be swapped using the stylus.
List of entries
|Pokémon List||Used to be the second entry prior to Generation V aside from Pokémon Colosseum and XD. It is simply called "Pokémon" in the menu itself but its full name "Pokémon List" is shown in the Ready button, with it being referred to as such elsewhere since Generation I. It is not visible in the menu until the starter Pokémon has been obtained (except in Generation I, where it is always displayed despite not working until the player receives the starter Pokémon).|
|Pokédex||Used to be the first entry prior to Generation V. This entry is absent until until it has been obtained. As the Strategy Memo replaces the Pokédex in Pokémon Colosseum and XD, the Pokédex is not shown on the menu in these games.|
|Bag||Called "Item" in Generation I, "Pack" in Generation II, and "Items" in Pokémon Colosseum and XD. This entry is always available.|
|(App)|| This entry is reserved for the different game-exclusive devices and features that assist the player in his or her journey: PokégearGSCHGSS, PokéNavRSE, P★DAColoXD, PokétchDPPt, C-GearBWB2W2, Player Search SystemXY, Pokémon-AmieXY, Super TrainingXY, PokéNav PlusORAS.
In Generations II and III, these are part of the menu itself. Starting in Generation IV, they are featured on the touchscreen and are not part of the menu. This entry is absent until the device or feature has been obtained.
|Trainer Card||It is always shown as the player's name. This entry is always available. As the P★DA displays Trainer information in Pokémon Colosseum and XD, this entry is not shown in these games.|
|Save||This entry is always available, except in Pokémon Colosseum, where saving is instead done from a PC.|
|Options||Called "Option" prior to Generation IV. This entry is always available. In Pokémon Colosseum and XD, the options are instead accessed from the title screen and cannot be accessed through the menu.|
|Exit|| This was the final entry in the menu up to Pokémon Platinum and is also present in the menu of Pokémon Colosseum and XD. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver and later games, it was replaced by a graphical X button that can be tapped on to close the menu.
As all games allow the menu to be closed by pressing the START, X, or B buttons, this function was somewhat redundant.
- In the Generation I games, the menu is affected by the darkness of caves (meaning that Flash has not yet been used). This was corrected in the Generation II games.
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|This game mechanic article is part of Project Games, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on the Pokémon games.|