Pokémon FireRed/Pokémon LeafGreen

Game review by
Chris Saunders, Common Sense Media
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Revisit the original world of Pokémon.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 37 reviews

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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
Adult Written byRarityfan October 1, 2018

5 star worth games

It is Pokemon, not much more needs to be told. Of course a lot of battles and beautiful trainer girls. Beside battles there are endless amount of World explorin... Continue reading
Adult Written byHolly R. November 4, 2017

Nice GBA Remake of Old Pokemon Game

It was a pretty good game. To the one person who claims that the newer games are Digimon rip-offs I would like to say that the two series are totally different.... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byZook Light October 11, 2019

A Gameboy classic is back with gambling

I rated it 7+ because the game may be too hard and confusing for some kids. Children need to be smart and know how to read for a game like this. However Pokémon... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byThatboioverthere January 9, 2019

It got gambling

Even though this is geared towards kids we do need to keep in mind that it does contain gambling.

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

  • Platforms: Game Boy Advance
  • Price: $40
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: September 7, 2004
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: September 6, 2019

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