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Right, there are a number of differences between Red/Blue. The most well known differences are on the title screen and which Pokémon you can find. But there are other differences that need to be taken into account, like some palettes and the game corner prizes.

Someone's working on those differences here: http://romendo.net/stag019/pokedex/rbdiff/

Their decision to make two complementary games is really fascinating, especially from a business perspective.




> Their decision to make two complementary games is really fascinating, especially from a business perspective.

Indeed. It seemed to be really successful especially given how small a development effort it apparently was. But why did no one but the Pokemon games seem to do it subsequently?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_%26_Knuckles

Similar concept, though it's done with an attachment instead of linking systems.

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Oracle of Ages/Oracle of Seasons were two complementary Zelda games for game boy color. You can't fully beat the game without both.

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