Pokémon Trading Card Game[a] is a video game adaptation of the original tabletop trading card game of the same name, which in turn was based on the Pokémon role-playing video game series. Developed by Hudson Soft and Creatures, and published by Nintendo, it was initially released in Japan on December 18, 1998, with an English version appearing in Australia on April 7, 2000, North America on April 10, 2000, and in Europe the following December. The title features digital versions of cards from the first three sets of the trading card game originally released in English by Wizards of the Coast between 1998 and 1999, as well as exclusive cards not available outside of the game.
A second Game Boy Color game, Pokémon Card GB2: Great Rocket-Dan Sanjo! (Pokemon Card GB2: Here Comes Team Great Rocket!), was released in Japan on March 28, 2001, having a centered storyline. Although this sequel was not released on North America or Europe, several enthusiasts have released English translations.