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Pokémon Red and Blue Versions

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'''Pokémon Red Version''' and '''Pokémon Blue Version''' were the first [[Pokémon games]] to be released outside of Japan, becoming available in North America on September 28, 1998,<ref name="Sept28PR"/> in Australia and New Zealand on October 23, 1998 and in Europe on October 5, 1999.<ref name="NoE (Red)">[https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Game-Boy/Pokemon-Red-Version-266109.html Pokémon Red Version | Game Boy | Games | Nintendo]</ref><ref name="NoE (Blue)">[https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Game-Boy/Pokemon-Blue-Version-266054.html Pokémon Blue Version | Game Boy | Games | Nintendo]</ref> In North America, the pair closely followed the debut of the {{pkmn|anime}}'s English dub, which began airing on September 8, 1998,<ref>[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=270&page=25 Pokémon (TV) [Episode titles] - Anime News Network]</ref> and within a year, Pokémon was well known as a popular [[Nintendo]] franchise.
 
Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow were released for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on February 27, 2016, the [[Pokémon 20th Anniversary]]. This release is compatible with [[Poké Transporter]], which can send Pokémon from this game to [[Pokémon Bank]], where they can be withdrawn in [[Pokémon Sun and Moon|Pokémon Sun, Moon]], {{g|[[Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon]], and [[Pokémon Sword and Shield]].
 
Unlike later [[generation]]s, Red and Blue were not the same as their corresponding Japanese releases {{game|Red and Green|s}}. Besides Pokémon distribution, the aspects of Red and Blue such as graphics, script, and sprite designs are instead based on {{game|Blue| (Japanese)}}.
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