Pokemon FireRed and Pokemon LeafGreen

Common Sense Media says

Revisit the original world of Pokemon.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence & scariness

Players use Pokemon to do the fighting.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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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Kids say

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?

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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
Price:$40
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:September 7, 2004
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E for (Game Boy Advance)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymadelineshadowrose January 1, 2012
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addictive

This was my first pokemon game I loved its and proubly logged in 200 hours in it;). This game is basically the original games: Pokemon Red, and Blue, with redone sprites and updated movesets for the Pokemon the story is well done.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much consumerism
Teen, 14 years old Written bykittyz000 November 11, 2009
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8
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NOT VIOLENT

i play this game, and i think that this is actually a very good and enjoyable game. all these parents are saying that this game is all "violent" and stuff, but this isn't like grand theft auto or anything-killing pokemon isn't the main goal-it's to win the pokemon leauge. also, you don't really "kill" any pokemon-you just get them to "faint"
Teen, 15 years old Written byLadyDanteEXE August 15, 2009
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Amazing.

It was the first game boy advance I ever got. It's basically the classic enhanced with better graphics and some extra features. I love it. I can't say enough good things about it. Personally, I prefer Firered to Leafgreen.
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