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Robopon Sun and Star
ロボットポンコッツ SUN・STAR
Robopon Sun boxart.jpg
Robopon Sun version North American boxart
Developer(s): Hudson Soft
Publisher(s): Atlus (North America)
Hudson Soft (Japan)
Platform: Game Boy Color
Category: RPG
Players: 1
Predecessor: N/A
Successor: Robot Ponkottsu 64
Release dates
N. America: December 4, 2000 (Sun only)
Japan: December 4, 1998 (Sun and Star)
December 24, 1999 (Moon)
December 24, 1999 (Comic Bom Bom version)
Europe: N/A
Australia: N/A
S. Korea: N/A

Robopon Sun (Japanese: ロボットポンコッツ SUN Robot Ponkottsu SUN) and Robopon Star (Japanese: ロボットポンコッツ STAR Robot Ponkottsu STAR) are a pair of games for the Game Boy Color released on December 4, 1998 in Japan, and on December 4, 2000 in North America.

In Japan, two additional versions were released as well, Robot Ponkottsu Moon (Japanese: ロボットポンコッツ MOON Robot Ponkottsu MOON) and Robot Ponkottsu Comic Bom Bom Special Version (Japanese: ロボットポンコッツ コミックボンボンスペシャルバージョン), both released on December 24, 1999.

Although while released as a pair of games in Japan, only Sun version was released in North America.



Across Porombo Island, robots called Robopon are popularly used by people of all ages to fight in battles. The game follows the story of a boy named Cody (the default name of the player character), as he collects and trains Robopon on his travels. Cody inherits his grandfather's family business, a Robopon Dispatching Company, and is made president and tasked with helping to expand it. His grandfather also leaves him his first Robopon; either a Sunny in Sun version, a Digit in Star version, or a Micro in Moon version.

In Libra Town, a Robopon battling tournament is also being held. The winner of this tournament receives the right to challenge the "Legend 7", a group of high-ranking Robopon battlers. Challenges are held at the Robopon Dome of Tail Castle, where the battles are witnessed by Prince Tail and Princess Darcy. Cody wins this tournament by beating his rival and school bully Bisco, and later defeats him again at the Robopon Dome, earning him the title of Legend 7 and the right to challenge the other rank holders. Around the island, Cody finds and challenges the remaining Legend 6 one-by-one as he moves up the ranks, with the promise that he will eventually face Prince Tail, who carries the Legend 1 rank.

Shortly after Cody earns the Legend 3 rank, a man named Dr. Zero appears and kidnaps Princess Darcy, as revenge against Prince Tail for exiling him. Prince Tail is defeated, and loses his Legend 1 rank to Dr. Zero, becoming the Legend 2. After Prince Tail loses to Cody, Dr. Zero imprisons Princess Darcy in a mirror and takes over Tail Castle. Cody however finds and defeats him. Upon defeat, Dr. Zero sets the castle for self-destruct, but Cody manages to escape and Zero is presumed dead in the wreckage. Now the Legend 1, Cody is declared the island's champion. Princess Darcy is freed in the post-game.


Robopon is similar to the Pokémon series in that players collect and train Robopon to fight against other Robopon in battles, with up to a party of four. Participating in battles allows Robopon to accumulate experience points, enabling them to level up and grow stronger, as well as collect "Energyballs", which are required for some Robopon to evolve. Like in the Pokémon games, the player regularly encounters other Robopon battlers who will challenge the player to battles. Robopon can be obtained through a number of methods: either by catching wild Robopon with Magnets, by investing money into Laboratories to develop new types of Robopon which can then be purchased, or by receiving as a gift after completing specific tasks. Robopon are categorized into three main types: Arm, Move and Boot. These types determine the stats and performance of each Robopon.

Robopon may also be equipped with Parts and Software to improve their performance in battle. Parts may be equipped onto a Robopon to increase certain stats, as well as to increase their maximum RAM. Equipping Software allows Robopon to acquire new skills that consume EP when used, but require varying amounts of RAM to install. Parts and Software are dependent on the Robopon's type, with some Parts only usable by certain types. In addition, Robopon can also be taken to Laboratories to upgrade their CPU, which increases their loyalty and improves their battle performance. Certain types of Robopon can also be evolved at Laboratories as well. This requires that a Robopon have collected enough Energyballs from battling. Some Robopon however, such as Unibot, require more specific requirements before they can evolve.

Apart from battles, Robopon can also participate in various mini-game challenges, referred to as the "Battle Genesis 5". Energyballs and items may also be received from winning these mini-games. Some Robopon trainers will occasionally challenge the player to one of these mini-games as opposed to a battle.

Similar to Pokémon Gold and Silver, Robopon also has a built-in clock. Certain events are affected by the time of day, such as certain areas opening at specific times. A hidden character named "Old Man Brownie" can also be encountered, who gives the player panels which are assigned to certain time slots. These panels give a boost or decrease in certain factors, such as encounter rate or money earned, which are activated in the times they are assigned.

Robopon differs from other Game Boy Color cartridges in that it has an Infrared panel on its top edge. This panel allows the game to communicate and trade information using waves, a feature called "GB Kiss". This feature is mainly used to trade and send Robopon wirelessly over to other games. In the Japanese version, it could also be used to write and send letters, but was omitted from the North American release. This feature also allows players to use a remote control to carry information to the game, which could increase a Robopon's stats or unlock special treasure chests.

At least 153 Robopon are available in the original paired versions, some of which are exclusive to one version. Moon version and Robot Ponkottsu 64 added 15 more, bringing the total to 168. However as North America only saw the release of Sun version, it is not possible to obtain all Robopon in this one version.

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