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Pokémon Pinball

Pokémon Pinball challenges Pokémon Trainers with a whole new way to catch all 150 Pokémon. To become the world's greatest Pokémon Trainer, players have to catch and evolve Pokémon by playing pinball.

Portable pinball has never been like this, though, because Pokémon Pinball is the first Game Pak from Nintendo with a built-in rumble feature. As your Poké Ball bounces around the table you'll be able to feel the impact as the cartridge sends jolts through the Game Boy and into your hands. Want the best Pokémon collection around? You'd better have a tight grip.

All of the pinball action takes place on either a Blue or Red table, where Pokémon are used as obstacles and bumpers. The targets on the tables are straight from the Pokémon universe, and instead of a metal ball you use a Poké Ball to rack up points.

You can capture all 150 Pokémon by hitting targets and earning high scores, but some Pokémon will only appear on a Blue table or a Red table, just like the original Pokémon games.

Every captured Pokémon automatically appears in the Pokédex, and rare Pokémon will begin to appear as you earn higher scores. The Poké Ball can be upgraded to a Great Ball or a Master Ball, which is crucial equipment for Trainers who are serious about catching all 150 Pokémon.

You'll have to find hidden bonus stages to maximize your score, which can be saved and transformed into stickers by using the Game Boy Printer. There's no need to brag when you have your high score printed on stickers -- that's undeniable proof of your pinball power.

Pinball is fun no matter how you approach it, but when you put Pokémon and pinball together you've got one of the most addictive Paks around. Pokémon Pinball is currently shaking things up on store shelves, and is backwards compatible with all pre-existing Game Boy units.


How do I change my key configuration?

Select Options from the main menu to access the KEY CONFIG screen. Move the yellow cursor to choose which function you would like to change, then press the A Button. Any button you press after the A Button will be assigned to the function you've selected.
After you make your selection, you'll notice that a second yellow arrow begins to flash for a few seconds. If you would like to assign two buttons to the same function, you should press another button at this time. Otherwise, simply wait for the arrow to stop flashing before moving on.
Once you've customized the controls to your liking, move the cursor to the RESET option and press the B Button to exit. If you press the A Button while the cursor is on the RESET option, all of the controls will be returned to the default setting and you'll have to start over.

How do I get Pikachu to save my ball? What is the lightning bolt symbol for?

You must light up the lightning bolt symbol at the top of the field by spinning the gate in the right hand loop. Once the light is on, Pikachu will save your ball once. You can also get the super Pikachu kickback as a slot bonus.

Can I trade my Pokemon with my friends?

No. You can only trade high scores.

Can I evolve any Pokmon in my Pokedex?

No. Only a Pokemon that was captured during the current game can be evolved.

What happens when you capture all 150 Pokemon?

At this time, I have no information on what happens when all 150 Pokemon are captured.

What is the Pikachu/Ball icon in the left corner of the score information for?

That is how many Pokemon have been captured this game. The ball icon shows how many balls remain until the game is over

Pokemon Pinball Tips

1) Number of Pokémon
In the Pokédex, if you hold select, you can see two numbers in the upper right hand corner. These two numbers are the Pokémon caught/ Pokémon seen. A Pokémon is considered "seen" if you attempted to catch it in "catch 'em" mode or evolve it in that mode, but failed to. It will appear as a silouette in your Pokédex.

2) Pokédex Fun
This tip doesn't do any real good, but it's kinda' neat! In the Pokédex, if you put your cursor on a Basic Pokémon and hold start, you can see it move! Yay!

3) Catch 'em Mode
To get into catch 'em mode, you may do one of two things. On the blue table, go up and around the far right ramp twice. You'll see arrows light up. Then go into Cloyster's mouth and catch 'em mode will commence! Also,

in red mode, go up and around the right ramp twice and then shoot it into Bellsprout. Also, if you go around the ramps 3 times, you stand a better chance of getting a rare Pokémon! The other way to get into Catch 'em mode is to get that window after a Cave shot.

4) Where to get Pokémon on the Red Board
Pallet Town: Charmander, Rattata, Nidoran (M), & Poliwag. Viridan Forest: Weedle, Pidgey, & Pikachu.

Pewter City: Spearow, Jigglypuff, Ekans, & Magikarp.
Cerulean City: Oddish, Mankey, Jynx, & Abra.
Vermilion City Seaside: Shellder, Krabby, Ekans, & Farfetch'D.
Rock Mountain: Voltorbe, Diglett, & Mr.Mime.
Lavender Town: Gastly, Magnemite, Cubone, & Electabuzz.
Cycling Road: Spearow, Doduo, Lickitung, & Snorlax.
Safari Zone: Paras, Rhyhorn, & Chansey.
Seafoam Islands: Horsea, Staryu, Seel, & Articuno.
Cinnabar Island: Ponyta, Growlithe, Omanyte, & Kabuto.
Indigo Plateau: Machop, Onix, & Ditto.

5) Where to get Pokémon on the blue board
Viridan City: Squirtle, Nidoran (M), & Bulbasaur.
Viridian Forest: Caterpie, Rattata, & Pikachu.
Mt.Moon: Zubat, Paras, & Clefairy.
Cerulean City: Bellsprout, Meowth, Jynx, & Abra.
Vermilion City Streets: Shellder, Krabby, Farfetch'D, & Sandshrew.
Rock Mountain: Diglet, Voltorbe, & Mr.Mime.
Celadon City: Mankey, Meowth, Eevee, & Porygon.
Fuchsia City: Magikarp, Goldeen, Kangashan, & Exeggcute.
Safari Zone: Doduo, Nidoran (F), & Chansey.
Saffron City: Ekans, Sandshrew, Hitmonchan, & Hitmonlee.
Cinnabar Island: Ponyta, Koffing, Aerodactyl, & Magmar.
Indingo Plateau: Geodude, Ditto, Moltres, & Mewtwo

**Note about 4 & 5: Occasionally, different Pokémon than these will appear, these are the most common.**

6) Cave shots

To get a cave shot, you must light up each of the letters by your flippers. These letters can be moved around be using your flipper buttons! Here's what the bonuses are. . .

Small- get a 100-900 point bonus
Big- get a 1,000,000-9,000,000 point bonus
Ball Saver- turns the ball saver on under your flippers
Ball Upgrade- you ball upgrades one level
Bonus Multiplier-the number shown will be added to your bonus multiplier
EvoModeStart- starts the evolution mode
Twin Pikachus- gives you left and right pikachu kickback till you loose your ball
Extra Ball(rare)- gives you one extra ball
GoToBonus- proceed to a bonus stage

7) Bonus Stages

To get to the bonus stages you get three Pokéballs by your map picture. Catching a Pokémon counts as one Ball; evolving counts as two. The bonus stages are. . .

Red Board: Diglett Stage (hit the Digletts to get to the Dugtrio) and theGengar stage (hit all the haunters and ghastlys to get to Gengar).

Blue Board: Meowth Stage (hit meowth to make him drop his coins, then hit his coins) and Seel Stage (hit Seel every time he pops up).

There's a rumor that there is a Mewtwo bonus stage, this is what my friend says. . .To get the Mewtwo bonus stage, play both bonus stages per table (ie Seel and Meowth stages on the blue table, Gengar and Diglett on red.) The next bonus stage will be Mewtwo's stage.

8) Pokéballs

There are four types of balls that you can use in Pokémon Pinball. They are Pokéball, upgraded to a Great Ball, upgraded to a Ultra Ball, upgraded to a Master Ball. To upgrade your ball, you need to light up the three lights near the Shellders in the Blue Table or the lights near the Voltorbs on the Red. Each upgrade only lasts one minute, unless you upgrade it again, then you get another minute. The great ball doubles your points, the ultra balltriples them, and the master ball multiplies your points by 5!