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Pokémon Green in English

Hack of Pokémon: Blue Version

Description:

Pokémon Red and Green. The games that were never released outside Japan, with other countries instead getting Red and Blue versions. However, the original Green version seems to be getting more attention than the original Red version, since the rest of the world got a Red version, but not a Green version.

Many have tried translating the original Japanese version of Green into English. Some have done a pretty decent work, but they all were crippled by the limits of the original Green rom.

After buying a Japanese version of Green on eBay, I played through it for a while. Eventually reached the fourth badge, then decided to start over for various reasons.

I felt like this game should get a proper translation. The previous translations of Green all suffered of cut-down names for Pokémon and attacks because the original Red and Green versions had a limited amount of characters available for names. That wasn’t a problem, since five letters were more than enough for the original Japanese names.

This started out as me wanting to edit Pokémon Blue to turn it into an English Green version. I asked for help at Skeetendo, and people helped me. After a while, more and more people became interested in the project and the one-man team evolved into a three-, four-, five-man team. Unfortunately, I ended up doing the least work in total, but I plan to catch up on this by doing the same thing with Red, using the hacking experience earned from this to complete it alone.

This is a hack of Pokémon Blue version that is meant to re-create the original experience of Pokémon Green. Almost everything has been changed back to what they were like in the original Green version. For those interested in playing Green, but were put off by the language barrier or bad translation, this is for you.

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An user by the name of Montblanc has recently started working on this to improve it and change/fix pretty much everything that was wrong with the old version.

They have done an absolutely amazing job at it and I believe that we can call this the best English Green version we may ever get.

The list of changes they’ve made is massive, but you can see their original post here, where everything is listed: https://hax.iimarck.us/post/43630/

Quoted from their original post:

“Green_full are both patches merged, ready to be used on a Pokémon Blue retail ROM. Green_upgrade contains only the data I changed from the Green 2011 ROM, and has to be used only on said ROM.

Inside the optional folder there are three patches that can be used after using one of the two above. “Enable Flashes” restores the quick flashing animations of moves like Thunderbolt or Hyper Beam. “Enable Blizzard” restores the 30% chance of freezing the target for that move, but can glitch the linked battles when it is used against a Red or Blue game. The third one restores both.”

For most people, you want Green_full.ips

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Montblanc is to be credited for everything they’ve added to improve this and make it at close as possible to the original Green version, but in English. This includes -a lot- of very minute details, and they’ve also completely re-done some of the changes that had been made in the old version. They alone invalidate at least half of the original credits list, but the original credits will remain here since people did work on this at some point and deserve credit for it :p

Credits list (old version):

  • Chaos Rush, for editing the graphics (including Pokémon sprites);
  • stag019 for his useful website with all the hex locations for sprites in the original Green version;
  • Sawakita for the SGB data and the sprite-loading routine hack thingy;
  • Black Phantom (I believe it was him, from romhacking.net) who changed the titlescreen to “Green version”;
  • Myself, for editing the intro and Cerulean Cave.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Pokemon - Blue Version (UE) [S][!].sgb
  • CRC32: D6DA8A1A
  • MD5: 50927E843568814F7ED45EC4F944BD8B
  • SHA-1: D7037C83E1AE5B39BDE3C30787637BA1D4C48CE2

Links:

Screenshots:


Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
AmmakoHackingIntro graphics & Cerulean Cave layout
Chaos RushGraphicsSprite insertion
Black PhantomGraphics"Green version" title graphics
SawakitaHackingSGB palette data & sprite loading routine hack
MontblancHackingGraphic, sound effects and data restoration, text editing
AlastorTranslationJapanese text translation, testing
Crystal_GraphicsGym leader tile extension code

User Review Information

The perfect experience for Pokemon Green, but..

Reviewed By: FUTURA on 04 Dec 2021

A perfect English version of Pokémon Green. It has everything that the original Japanese version of Pokémon Green has.

But.. the only thing I would ask, is for an optional patch file to restore the sprite names of the PokeMarts. I commend this hack for having all marts have the word “shop” on their walls next to the entrance just like in the Japanese version; however I would very much like for them to read as “mart” as a true English version would have. A patch to restore it for all marts in the game would make this definitively the best.

Other than that, this hack is perfect. I don’t even think Nintendo could do a better job at an official English version of Pokémon Green if they tried.

Patches I used:

  • Green_full.ips
  • Enable Flases & Blizzard.ips

Version 2.3 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
The perfect experience for Pokemon Green, but..FUTURA04 Dec 20212.3Yes
Well Done!JulianoFdeS08 May 20172.0Yes
Amazing attention to detailmariosmentor02 May 20172.0Yes
This is very accurate!KristianNacho402 Aug 2014N/AYes