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Huge Nintendo leak reveals scrapped Pokemon MMO

Published: 25/Jul/2020 18:49

by Brent Koepp


A massive leak of Nintendo data revealed that a Pokemon MMO game was being considered for PC in 2004. The scrapped online project was based on the popular Fire Red and Leaf Green titles.

Ever since the popular RPG made its debut on the Game Boy in 1996, players from around the world have dreamed of an MMO Pokemon game. An online interactive version of Kanto or Hoenn would be a dream come true.


However a major leak of Nintendo data on July 24 revealed that a project like that was almost a reality. The scrapped plans would have brought the franchise to PC, and connected users’ Game Boy Advance consoles.

pokemon fire red leaf green promo art
The Pokemon Company
The 2004 Game Boy Advance titles could have been part of an MMO.

Scrapped Pokemon MMO revealed

On July 24, a massive leak of Nintendo data made its way online, where a variety of cancelled games and proposed projects were discovered. One of those was an online Pokemon game that would have been made for PC in 2004.


Outlet ‘Centro Pokemon’ uploaded slides to Twitter for the cancelled project, and revealed the release was being worked on by iQue. Interestingly, the game would have required players to hook up their GBA consoles to their PC to use it as a controller.

The MMO-like release would have allowed Trainers to connect with other players online to trade, battle, and chat, as well as compete in tournaments. It also would have included an offline mode which could played on the GBA.

Other features from the proposed project include:

  • Game story and map design based on Fire Red and Leaf Green
  • Offline play on the GBA
  • Online play with trade, battle, and chat
  • In offline mode, players could only access 36 Pokemon, new hatch system disabled
  • New hatch system, which uses server info such as date, time, and weather to determine the Egg you get
  • Enhanced Pokemon Center
  • Pokemon distributed on the map changes each time you go online, based on server data such as weather, time, region, and season.
  • Online tournaments based on Colosseum that use 3D renders of monsters
  • Weather changes based specifically on the region
pokemon sword shield players standing by raid den
Game Freak / Nintendo
Many of the features of the MMO project have been implemented in the 2019 release Sword & Shield.

While the concept of connecting a GBA as a controller for the PC may sound outdated today, a lot of the ideas proposed in the online project were incredibly ahead of their time. Many of the features sound extremely similar to what we have today in Sword & Shield.


For instance, the Switch release lets you connect online with other players in the Wild Area where you can trade and take on Raid Battles together. The Gen VIII game also has weather changes based on your internet connection and clock. Still, one can’t help but wonder what could have been if we had gotten a proper MMO.


Pokemon Go October Community Day: Charmander move, research tasks, more

Published: 17/Oct/2020 4:15 Updated: 17/Oct/2020 18:47

by Paul Cot


To the delight, and dismay of others, Charmander will headline the Pokemon Go October Community Day. As usual there will be bonuses, Community Day research and an exclusive move.

It is the second time Charmander headlines a Community Day. The iconic Kanto starter previously headlined in May of 2018.


It’s a decision that doesn’t sit well with some trainers but it came about as a result of a public vote. Porygon won that vote but Charmander came second, meaning it gets the October headlining spot.

Start time

The Pokemon Go October CD takes place on Saturday, October 17. They have been alternating between Saturday and Sunday, so make sure you know it’s on Saturday and don’t miss out!


Since April, Community Days have been lasting for six hours, instead of the traditional three. That continues for this one, starting at 11am and finishing 5pm local time.


Three-hour Incense has been a mainstay of Community Days since the global health crisis began and remains for the Charmander CD, too. The other bonus this time around is 3x Catch Stardust.

Charizard October Community Day
Charizard’s exclusive move for the October Community Day is Dragon Breath…

Exclusive move

Charmander, or more accurately, Charizard’s exclusive move is Dragon Breath. This is a powerful dragon-type (clue is the name) Fast Move that many believe will change Charizard’s standing in the Pokemon Go meta.


It will automatically be taught to Charizard, if you evolve Charmeleon anytime during the event or within two hours after. In other words if you get a Charizard between the times of 11am and 7pm it will have the Fast Move Dragon Breath by default.

Interestingly one of Charizard’s Mega Evolutions, Mega Charizard X, is a dual dragon and fire-type. This means the dragon-type move Dragon Breath will get a boost, known as STAB. This is in addition to Charizard X’s incredible attacking stats.

Special Research

The Charmander Community Day exclusive Special Research is called A Tale of Tails. It costs $0.99 to buy. The tasks and rewards are as follows:


Stage 1/5

  • Power up Pokemon 10 times – 10 PokeBalls
  • Catch 15 Charmander – 20 Charmander Candy
  • Make 5 Nice Throws – Charmander encounter
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 1 Incense, 1 Charmander encounter

Stage 2/5

  • Catch 15 Charmander – 20 Charmander Candy
  • Transfer 10 Pokemon – Charmeleon encounter
  • Evolve 3 Charmander – 1,000 XP
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 1 Incense, 1 Poffin

Stage 3/5

  • Make 3 Great Curveball Throws – 20 Charmander Candy
  • Evolve 1 Charmeleon – 5 Golden Razz Berries
  • Transfer 10 Pokemon – 1,500 XP
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 1 Incense, 1 Rocket Radar

Stage 4/5

  • Make 15 Nice Throws – 5 Silver Pinap Berries
  • Take a snapshot of a fire-type Pokemon – 1,500 XP
  • Power up Pokemon 10 times – 5,000 Stardust
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 3 Rare Candy, 1 Charizard encounter

Stage 5/5

  • Claim reward (x3) – 150 Mega Charizard energy
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 3,000 XP, 150 Mega Charizard energy

There had been some murmurings online that the original Charmander catch difficulty would be in place for the Community Day, too. However, we can confirm that isn’t true and the catch chances have been increased inline with other CDs.