Pokémon Trading Card Game

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Pokémon Trading Card Game
Developer Hudson Soft
Publisher Nintendo
System Game Boy Color, 3DS Virtual Console
Release Date Game Boy Color
JP December 18, 1998
US April 10, 2000
EU December 14, 2000
3DS Virtual Console
EU/AU July 10/11, 2014
US November 13, 2014
JP December 24, 2014
Rating ESRB: E

Pokémon Trading Card Game is a Game Boy game that was based on the popular tie-in 'Pokémon trading card game that Wizards of the Coast released. The game only features cards from the base game, the Jungle expansion, and the Fossil expansion. It also came with a promotional Meowth card.



A contest has been announced. Anyone who can beat the Grand Masters will win the four Legendary Cards and earn the title of champion. Mark wants to be the champion, but so do many others, including his rival, Ronald.


The player is presented with a map showing all the locations in the game. The player can go to any of them and challenge any player to a game by talking to them. The rules of the game are the same as the rules in the real-life trading card game. It is also blended with the formula of the mainstream games as the club system is based on the gyms, while the Grand Masters are this game's version of the Elite Four.

There are eight clubs on the island, each with a Club Master. The player must beat each of the Club Masters and earn their medal. Along with allowing the player access to the club's decks, all the medals are needed to challenge the Grand Masters. Each of the Grand Masters has a deck built around one of the Legendary Cards. If the player beats each Grand Master, they must defeat Ronald who is using a deck with all of the Legendary Cards.

Aside from earning medals, there are several other events for the player to participate in. Every once in a while, a tournament is held with a rare card as the prize. A collector living to the northwest will occasionally trade a rare card. The player will get the chance to battle Ronald as well as Imakuni?.


Pokémon Trading Card Game can connect with matching games in other other Game Boys. Using a link cable, players can battle or trade cards. If they both have a Game Boy Color, they can use the infrared port to do a Card Pop, giving each player a random card.




Its only sequel was Pokémon Card GB2: GRdan Sanjou!, which was only released in Japan.

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