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Pokémon Picross (Game Boy Color)

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Title Screen

Pokémon Picross

Developer: Jupiter
Platforms: Game Boy, Super Game Boy, Game Boy Color


CopyrightIcon.png This game has hidden developer credits.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.


We could only wish we were playing this right now... maybe...
This game was never completed and/or given a public release.
As a result of this, keep in mind that the developers might have used or deleted some of the content featured here, had the game actually reached store shelves.

The GBC Pokémon Picross is, as the name suggests, a Pokémon-filled Picross game, using a similar (if not identical) engine as Picross 2. The idea of combining Pokémon and Picross dates back to at least 1997, as a Picross minigame is present (albeit inaccessible) in the version of Pokémon Gold and Silver that was playable at that year's Spaceworld event, using a setup similar to those of prior Game Boy Picross games.

For whatever reason, the game was cancelled despite being fully finished and having passed through lot check, though the idea was later resurrected for the 3DS by the same developer. The GBC iteration, meanwhile, never saw the light of day until September 2020, when the final build was leaked online.

Sound Test

Pokemon Picross Sound Test.png

Enable Game Genie code 155-B3B-E6E, then press Start at the title screen.

(Source: nensondubois)

Unused Graphics

Pokemon-picross-leftover-gfx.png

There are several graphics banks left over/modified from Picross 2[1], including remnants of Mario and Wario's sprites.

Scrapped Stages

Dumping some of the text in the game reveals the names for some otherwise inaccessible stages[2][3]. One of these is "トゲピー" (Togepi), which appears after the unlockable Mew stage but before the Safari Zone stages. The other four appear after the Safari Zone stages:

  • "ピカチュウのもり" (Pikachu's Forest)
  • "モンスターボール" (Poké Ball)
  • "ピカチュウ" (Pikachu)
  • "ひみつのコハク" (Old Amber)

Hidden Credit

Present twice in the ROM, at 1F8010 and 1FC010:

DSEQLITE
CRTS(C) mcmxcvi by Toshiyuki Ueno
toshi-u@tau.bekkoame.or.jp