Pokemon FireRed and Pokemon LeafGreen

Common Sense Media says

Revisit the original world of Pokemon.





What parents need to know

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Violence & scariness

Players use Pokemon to do the fighting.

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Because these are Pokemon games, you can expect to find many of the characters in the game that have made the Pokemon merchandise so popular.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that these are among few action-adventure games truly suited for younger players. If your kids are familiar with the original Pokemon Red and Blue games that were introduced by Game Boy in 1999, they'll find these more advanced versions of the game to their liking. However, younger players and those who haven't experienced Pokemon action will need extra time to work through the games' intricate details. Still, more features, awesome graphics, and an easy-to-navigate environment make FireRed and LeafGreen superior to the original versions.

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What's it about?

POKEMON FIRERED AND POKEMON LEAFGREEN are both remakes of the original Pokemon Red and Blue games that were first introduced in 1999. The goal of the games is to build up a small army of Pokemon, which is done by meeting the many challenges that are presented throughout the games. As you get further into the games, the Pokemon gain abilities that will help you get through the later, more difficult stages. Your child will most likely need several hours of play before they build up enough Pokemon to get past the beginning stages of the games.

Is it any good?


While you'll find many of the same characters present in these newest versions, you'll also find many updates, including better graphics and single and multi-player modes. The games are great for younger players. For all but the very youngest players, these are easy games to pick up and play, even if you're not a Pokemon fan. Instead of fighting with swords or guns, players use cute and colorful Pokemon to do the fighting here.

Overall, these games are both winners for Nintendo and fans of Pokemon. They also have a high replay value, making them a worthy choice for your game library.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes playing these games fun. Is it frustrating to have to play to build up Pokemon?

Game details

Platforms:Game Boy Advance
Available online?Not available online
Release date:September 7, 2004
ESRB rating:E for (Game Boy Advance)

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Teen, 17 years old Written byrockman4090 April 9, 2008
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Revisit the Timeless Classic Again

I highly disagree with the reviewer when he says that this game is geared towards little kids - it's great for all ages. I had so much fun playing through this game when it first came out on my GameBoy Color, so it's a thrill to revisit this Nintendo classic. It's extremely addictive, and wireless play makes it even more so (you won't ever be able to go back to wires.) I think the graphics could be a little better, though - they're not bad, but compared to other GBA RPGs, they could use some inprovement Parents might want to know that while there is little to no violence in this game, there is a huge emphasis on gambling, which I'm surprised didn't go into the rating. This game is great - in fact, I'm gonna go play it right now.
Teen, 14 years old Written bykaratedude April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

not as good as i expected, but...

this is pretty good. but whatever you do don't waste your money on buying a wireless adapter seperately for $20. my friend and i tried it when we both got the game and it could barely reach from my top floor to my basement(i have 3 stories). i mean why such a small range if you put a chat program in the game. you might as well walk to someone in person to talk to them if you can see them 50 feet away from you. but the gameplay is awesome. but i agree with that other review: the graphics could use some work. i can't believe i'm saying this but i think i didn't get my money's worth, i was half-excited for the wireless adapter and i was tricked with alot of others about that wireless adapter but the game is still good that's my main point.
Adult Written bydpl April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

OK with time limits

This game is OK, if you set some time limits on the kids play. Perhaps the greatest problem is the time lost to the game from activities with other people/activities which require more motion.


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