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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.

This game was stuffed away in a cardboard box and found 30 years later in a garage
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 been released.
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Pokémon Picross is, as the name suggests, a Pokémon-filled Picross game, using a similar (if not identical) engine as Jupiter's earlier Picross 2. While this game is from 1999, 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 finished and having passed through Nintendo's lot check. While the idea was later resurrected and released for the 3DS by the same developer, this first iteration never saw the light of day until September 2020, when the final build was leaked online. An English fan translation is available.

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


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

(Source: Github)

Scrapped Stages

Present among the game's text are the names of several stages that aren't present in the game. One, "トゲピー" (Togepi), appears after the unlockable Mew stage but before the Safari Zone stages. Four other strings appear after the Safari Zone stages:

  • "ピカチュウのもり" (Pikachu's Forest) - seemingly a reference to the anime episode "Pikachu's Goodbye", which first aired in Japan in April 1998.
  • "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)
(Source: Github ([1], [2]))

Hidden Credit

Present twice in the ROM, at 1F8010 and 1FC010, is this hidden credit for music composer Toshiyuki Ueno. The exact same string can also be found in Picross 2, which isn't surprising given how this game was used as a base when Pokémon Picross was being made.

CRTS(C) mcmxcvi by Toshiyuki Ueno