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Pokémon FireRed/Pokémon LeafGreen

Game review by
Chris Saunders, Common Sense Media
Pokémon FireRed/Pokémon LeafGreen Game Poster Image
Revisit the original world of Pokémon.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 37 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

Players use Pokemon to do the fighting.


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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6 year old Written bywalrusgumbo March 26, 2015

It's amazing how much you remember from the old days.

I played Pokémon red and blue back when I was in Middle School. When my daughter came home from school talking about Pikachu, I gifted her an old copy of LeafGr... Continue reading
Adult Written bykelblefan April 9, 2008

good stuff

this teaches children to be resourcceful and to use what they have availabe. it also lets them practice logical thinking by giving hints on where the player sho... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bykittyz000 November 11, 2009


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 s... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byLadyDanteEXE August 15, 2009


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... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

Game details

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