In a series of tweets yesterday, Game Freak employee James Turner revealed a sneak preview of a new educational manga recently released in Japan, detailing the history of Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri, and information from the early days at Game Freak.
The book, called 'Satoshi Tajiri: The Man Who Created Pokémon', was written for Japanese elementary school children, and will be the first in a series of comics that introduces kids to historical figures. A photo tweeted by Turner shows a page of previously unseen Pokémon concepts from Red and Blue – despite claims that most of the documentation about the first two Pokémon games either never existed, or was lost in time.
One of the panels seen in the image contains an internal poll used during development of the games – with Exeggutor listed as the winner, claiming 23 votes. According to Resetera user ERAsaur, the unreleased Pokémon in the image include: Deer (56), [Obscured]-ro (61), Crocky (62), Cactus (67), and Jagg (68).
Interestingly, the numbers shown on the sheet also appear to match the internal index order for Pokémon Red and Blue: showing that every unused Pokémon in the image turned into a ‘MissingNo.’ This suggests that these Pokémon may have been cut in the middle of game development.
However, we have since seen crocodile, cactus and deer-like Pokémon in later generations of the games – so it’s likely that these concepts were the inspiration behind them. For those interested in digging deeper into Pokémon history, the manga is now available on Amazon Japan.
Do you think we’ll continue to see Game Freak utilising older assets in new iterations of Pokémon? Do you plan to get your hands on a copy of the book? Let us know in the comments below…
[source resetera.com, via tcrf.net]
I hope it gets translated. I would read this.
look at that dragon moose
Really cool. I immediately thought of Sawsbuck, Sharpedo and Krookodile when seeing those prototypes
hey look its sharpedo's older cousin sharpoon.
But where's Gorochu?
@edgedino Sharpoon! Sharpoon! A Pokémon-naming master if ever there was one! Bravissimo!
Crocky is terrifying
Yeah that one needs to be in the new game!
I can't find the part where it says they are satanic creatures. I still can't get over the fact that my parents took away all of our Pokémon toys because of some phony story they heard on the local news.
@Kevember Same thing happened to me.
These early designs offer an interesting peek under the hood, anyway. Maybe they'll all be formally published at some point.
I love stuff like this.
It's also notable how some Pokémon have different names here. Like how Gastly is called Ghost instead of Ghos (Ghost is the final name of Haunter), Spearow is Omuomu instead of Onisuzume, Rhydon is Gagaasu (Gagars?) instead of Saidon, and Blastoise is Karapajio instead of Kamex. Oh, and Farfetch's is Ikupaan instead of Kamonegi.
@NapalmPsalm : Now I definitely want a Dragon Moose Pokemon!
Very interesting!, and well, a part of that I read in bulbapedia, which originally were going to be +190 Pokemon in Red & Green, but, for some reason, about 40 were left out, but those 40 were in the game as "spaces" of memory, and from there, the famous Missingno.
But in that moment I saw that info, there were no images of some of those 40 until now; oh, boy, one of those Pokemon if it looked some "tenebrous"...
@edgedino I feel like Sharpoon is a better name than Sharpedo!
@NapalmPsalm A Dragon Moose now needs to happen.
That's interesting, I wonder how many of these rejected Pokes end up getting put on a "we'll consider in the future" pile.
Lol love how it's referred to as an 'educational manga'. 🤣
@Krisi Could the Rhydon name be related to ギガース Gigas in some way?
Common monster name in japanese games, Giants 'n that.
That.....thing under diglett is just wrong
@Rubbercookie Sure, it's quite probable, I'd say.
crocky is the stuff of drug fueled fever dreams...I need fan art of him now.
I find it funny that satoshi tajiri already is a historical figure in Japan!
I would definitely pay money for a translated release
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