Pokémon Crystal

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Pokémon Crystal
Pokemon Crystal Box.png
North American box art for Pokémon Crystal, depicting the legendary Pokémon Suicune
Developer(s)Game Freak
Director(s)Junichi Masuda
Producer(s)Satoru Iwata
Satoshi Yamamoto
Shigeru Miyamoto
Tsunekazu Ishihara
Artist(s)Ken Sugimori
Writer(s)Junichi Masuda
Koji Nishino
Toshinobu Matsumiya
Kenji Matsushima
Composer(s)Junichi Masuda
Morikazu Aoki
Go Ichinose
Platform(s)Game Boy Color
  • JP: December 14, 2000
  • NA: July 29, 2001
  • EU: November 2, 2001
  • AU: September 30, 2001
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Pokémon Crystal Version[a] is a role-playing video game developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy Color. It is an enhanced version of Pokémon Gold and Silver, and is part of the second generation of the Pokémon video game series. It was released in Japan on December 14, 2000, North America on July 29, 2001 and Europe on November 2, 2001.[1]

On January 26, 2018, Pokémon Crystal was re-released worldwide for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.[2]


The gameplay of Pokémon Crystal is largely the same as in Gold and Silver, although it holds several new features. It is the first Pokémon game to allow players to choose the sex of their character, while previously the character was always male. Pokémon have animated sprites; for example, when a Cyndaquil enters battle, the flames on its back flicker. This feature was absent in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, but has appeared in all subsequent games starting with Pokémon Emerald. In addition, a couple of subplots were added, one involving the legendary Pokémon Suicune, featured on the front cover of the game,[3] and the other involving the Unown. The game's biggest addition is the Battle Tower, a new building which allows players to participate in Pokémon Stadium-like fights.[1] The Japanese edition of the game was exclusively bundled with the Mobile Adapter GB,[b] a device that allowed for connecting with other players via a mobile phone.[4]

Setting and plot[edit]

The setting and plot remains largely the same as Pokémon Gold and Silver.


Aggregate score
Review scores
Nintendo Life9/10 stars[6]

Pokémon Crystal was well received by critics, although many commented that there were just not enough new additions and features to significantly set it apart from Pokémon Gold and Silver. Craig Harris of IGN gave the game an "outstanding" 9 out of 10 stating, "The final (hopefully) Game Boy Color edition is definitely the version to get if you aren't already one of the upteenth [sic] billion owners of the previous games, with Crystal's slight updates to the design and graphics. But there's not much in this edition that makes it a "must buy" for folks who already own a copy or two of the previous editions".[1] In Japan, Famitsu magazine scored the game a 34 out of 40.[7]

It was the second best-selling Game Boy Color game in Japan, with 1,871,307 copies sold.[8]


  1. ^ Japanese: ポケットモンスター クリスタル Hepburn: Poketto Monsutā Kurisutaru?
  2. ^ Japanese: モバイルアダプタGB Hepburn: Mobairu Adaputa Jī Bī?


  1. ^ a b c d Harris, Craig (30 July 2001). "Pokemon Crystal Version Review". IGN. Retrieved 5 July 2008.
  2. ^ "Pokémon Crystal (Virtual Console". www.pokemon.com. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b Povo, Frank (30 July 2001). "Pokemon Crystal for Game Boy Color Review". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 12 May 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2008.
  4. ^ Nix, Marc (11 December 2000). "Pokemon Crystal Version Preview". IGN. Retrieved 6 July 2008.
  5. ^ "Pokemon Crystal Version". GameRankings. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  6. ^ Joshi, Arjun (26 January 2018). "Pokémon Crystal Version Review". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  7. ^ ゲームボーイ – ポケットモンスター クリスタルバージョン. Weekly Famitsu (in Japanese) (915 Pt.2): 109. 30 June 2006.
  8. ^ "【GBC20周年企画(2)】いちばん売れたゲームボーイカラー専用ソフトは『遊☆戯☆王DM4』! では2位は? GBC専用ソフト販売ランキングTOP10!". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. 21 October 2018. p. 1. Retrieved 21 October 2018.

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