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Pokemon Gen 1 YOSHIRA Mew Red Distribution Cart Save Download

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  1. Professor Oak

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    About the Pokemon Gen 1 YOSHIRA Mew Red Distribution Cart:


    This download is for the first ever publicly available savefile that was dumped from an original Pokemon Red cart, which was used to distribute YOSHIRA Mew by direct trade. The distribution took place at Toys R Us stores in the United States from the 8th to 12th of December 1999. The players who were allowed to obtain a Mew were determined among the first 1500 customers at each Toys R Us store on 26 November 1999, where they were able to receive a special "Peel & Win" sticker card (pictured below). 200 of these cards at each store contained the text "Caught Me!" underneath the sticker of Mew.

    These Mew distribution carts are known to have been either a Red or a Blue cartridge, which were sealed into a GameBoy Pocket with official Nintendo non-tamper security tape. So far only two devices have publicly surfaced on the internet. The first one was a Blue cartridge still sealed into a silver GBP, of which pictures have been on the internet for several years (pictured below). This device is said to have been lost in shipping during ownership change in 2013. The second one is a Red cartridge that has since been cut loose from its GBP, but the Nintendo security tape is still intact on the cartridge (pictured below). This Red cartridge was first seen on Reddit several months back, which is owned by a former Toys R Us employee who personally distributed Mews from the cartridge back in 1999.

    I recently contacted this Redditor, and offered to ship her my cart dumper in order to get the savefile dumped and safely preserved. As save data in the first two generations rely on a low-power battery, after approximately 18 years it was clear that the savefile would not have survived much longer. Due to this and the extreme rarity of these devices, this may have very well been a one time opportunity to ever preserve save data from one of these carts.

    Every Mew has identical IV stats: 5 HP, 10 Attack, 1 Defense, 12 Speed, and 5 Special. Every Mew in this savefile has the Original Trainer name of YOSHIRA (none YOSHIRB). I can only speculate that perhaps those on the Blue cartridges contained YOSHIRB Mews.

    The Trainer IDs are all unique however, and imply the Mews were generated in groups of 5 (eg. 16385, 16386, 16387, 16388, 16389, then 16443, 16444, 16445, 16446, 16447, and so on). My theory is that the Mews were generated with a "Mew machine", which was a quicker method used at other event locations to distribute YOSHIRA/YOSHIRB Mews. We know these machines distributed Mews with TIDs that incremented by 1, so due to the Trainer IDs we see here, we could assume that each savefile had different Mews(or at least that several different savefiles may exist). So other than TID, the Mews on this savefile are all identical.

    The way I figure it, a cart was inserted in a Mew machine, a party full of 5 were generated, the cart was removed, and while someone manually placed those 5 Mews in a PC Box, another cart was in the machine having it's party filled. I don't figure it could have been practical to give every cart unique Mews, but multiple carts were filled to have a wider variation of existing TIDs. After a handful of carts were full of Mews, their savefiles were likely copied among the hundreds of carts send to Toys R Us stores. Keep in mind though, this is purely my speculation based of the information we have.

    All the traded pokemon from this savefile had been previously released, so only the Mews remain. Box 11 and 12 are totally empty. Box 5 and 10 are each missing one or two Mews. Boxes 1 to 4, and 6 to 9 remain fully untouched. I did return a few Mews from the party to their proper box slot, so the TIDs line up as they were originally. Any oddball TIDs that couldn't be matched up were placed in the Party.

    I also want to note that I did request the rom to be dumped as well, and it was 100% identical to any other retail Red cart. While we were 99% positive this was obviously the case, it's still nice to have that confirmation. In the past some people have speculated whether or not the rom was special and would have the PC filled with Mews if a New Game was started.

    Credit:

    From all at Digiex we would like to give special thanks to Jenn from Reddit, because without her generosity, we may have never been able to obtain one of these savefiles. She did promise to supply her personal experience/memory of the event and any details, so when she does, that will be shared here as well.

    The staff at Digiex would like to also give a massive thanks to @Deoxyz for helping Jenn to preserve yet another rare distribution, and allowing for it to be shared for all to enjoy. I'm personally very grateful for all the hard work that you have done to preserve Pokemon distributions.

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    I've already said this in a private message, however a huge thank you to @Deoxyz for helping to get this preserved. Also if you ever read this Jenn, thank you for allowing this very rare distribution to be preserved. It's great you kept it all this time, i'd certainly be interested in hearing your perspective on the distribution event. I know we had some here in the UK, however it was not something the younger me ever knew about to be able to attend.

    Mew was my favourite childhood Pokemon, so i'm extra pleased to have this preserved all these years later.
     
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    I'm very happy that we finally have this archived. I had a lot of enjoyment analyzing the savefile and learning about the TID patterns, something which was of high interest to me when it was still a mystery.

    Thanks again to Jenn for working with me and allowing this rare historical pokemon data to be forever preserved.
     
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    Thank you @Deoxyz and Jenn for help preserving this old event, I was born a few days before this distribution xD. It´s really great to be able to see this with my eyes .
    And I also would like to hear Jenn story about this, I think that is really fascinating to know the story in first hand and the memories related. That´s what really makes an event worth :)
     
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    !!!!!!!! yes!!!!! this is huge
     
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    I've added @Deoxyz's video to the original post, watching that does make me want to play though a GEN 1 Pokemon game with a legit Mew in my team now. Maybe I will after Crystal on the VC! Actually theirs no reason why I couldn't trade one to my Crystal VC game when its released... choices!
     
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    Oh this is nice!

    And same as Nutter, I'll play through Crystal and get a legit Celebi first, can't wait for that!
     
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    That's a good idea, I'll probably do that for the hell of it. I don't think I've ever used a Mew in a full playthrough yet, so that will be fun, especially considering Crystal is one of my top favorites.
     
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    You rock, Deoxyz. And, of course, big thanks to Jenn.
     

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