Pixelated ESRB rating on front of box. Both first and second prints carts have the same rating. Third print labels had non-pixelated ESRB ratings and read DMG-APAE USA-1 on the left of the label.
Sandshrew vs. Meowth on the back of box. Red version second prints and Blue version third prints had Pidgey vs. Rattata on the back cover.
Top and bottom of box have flap opens. The flaps say U/DMG-APAE USA. Second print boxes were closed off at the bottom.
Right side of box has “100% Total Recovered Fiber 55% Post Consumer Content” stamp. Second print boxes displayed
“83% Total Recovered Fiber 81% Post Consumer Content” stamp.
The interior of first print boxes had a cart holder. Second printing and later had the cardboard tray fixed insert.
The flap openings on Red were labeled DMG-APAE USA. Blue flaps labeled U/DMG-APEE USA. Third print tabs read DMG-APAE USA-1.
- First print Nintendo issues are barcoded with 00000 on the back.
- Later reversions can be seen with 00001, 00002, etc. for later editions.