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Pokémon Dash

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Title Screen

Pokémon Dash

Developer: Ambrella[1]
Publishers: The Pokémon Company[1] (JP), Nintendo[1] (INT)
Platform: Nintendo DS
Released in JP: December 2, 2004[1]
Released in US: March 13, 2005[1]
Released in EU: March 11, 2005[1]
Released in AU: April 7, 2005[1]

AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

To do:
Prerelease stuff, when it was just a Pikachu demo.

A racing game starring Pikachu where you drag the stylus and race other Pokémon. As a launch title for the DS, it doubles as a comprehensive tech demo covering all novelty features of the system... and unofficially, as an infomercial for replacement touch screens!

Unused Graphics


Leftovers from a demo version, found in the Japanese version and translated in the US version.

Development Text


There's a .txt file named buildinfo.txt that contains compile information, but it's blank in all regions.

Cup Order

Gameplay order Internal numbering Title
1 2 Green Cup
2 4 White Cup
3 1 Blue Cup
4 5 Yellow Cup
5 3 Red Cup
(Source: sound_data.sdat)

Unused Cup Courses

There is a total of 5 (24 if considered each "??" ID as a different) unused courses across versions. These courses can be played in any version with these Action Replay codes that modify the species ID of the first Pokémon slot from the first cup. All the Pokémon share the same ID as the core Generation III Pokémon games, but Deoxys forms ID start at 0xFC.

Japan USA Europe Korea
120D4DB0 0000XXXX 120D5814 0000XXXX 120D5894 0000XXXX 120DF398 0000XXXX
ID Map Sprite Notes
0x112 PokemonDash-MapMunchlax.png PokemonDash-SpriteMunchlax.png Distributed as a limited-time event cup in Japan and America, unused in the Korean version.
0x113 PokemonDash-MapPikachuFly.png PokemonDash-SpritePikachuFly.png Unreleased event cup.
0x114 PokemonDash-MapPikachuSurf.png PokemonDash-SpritePikachuSurf.png Unreleased event cup.
0x19C PokemonDash-MapEgg.png PokemonDash-SpriteEgg.png Unused cup course, as the game is unable to read egg data from the GBA party slots.
0xFF-0x111 PokemonDash-MapQuestionMark.png PKMN RS Question Mark.png Same as above, as the game is also unable to read the unused species IDs slots from the party and there is no way to obtain them without hacking or exploiting.

Regional Differences

Japan International
Yes, ignore the silly face. Pokemondash ustitle.png

The logo in the Japanese version is completely different, with balloons and a Poké Ball.


Japan International
Pokemondash jponearrow.png Pokemondash usthreearrows.png

In the tutorial, one of the instructions in the Japanese version only has one arrow, but every other version has three.

Special Cup Top Screen

Japan International Korea
PokemonDash-GBACupJapanScreen.png PokemonDash-GBACupUsaEurScreen.png PokemonDash-GBACupKoreanScreen.png

Each time you create a custom Special Cup using a Pokémon Sapphire/Ruby/FireRed/LeafGreen/Emerald cartridge inserted in the GBA slot of the Nintendo DS, a new course will be created based on the Pokémon you currently have in your party. The trainer's name is also stored in the cup's data, but it's only used in the Japanese and Korean version to display the cup's title. Likewise, the full nickname of each party slot is also stored, but it is displayed wrong in the Japanese version due to character limitation. Since no Generation III core Pokémon games were released in South Korea, the name of each species is automatically selected in the Korean version, even if the Pokémon is nicknamed. All versions also store the original trainer's name per Pokémon slot, but goes unused as well.

Generation III Game Compatibility

The Korean version will only allow Japanese Generation III cartridges to be used. All other versions allow Generation III cartridges from any region to be used.

(Source: Bulbapedia)