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Leak reveals 14 Pokemon that could have been in Red and Blue

Published: 18/Apr/2020 15:47

by Paul Cot

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The original 151 species are set in Pokemon history. They could have been much different though, as a leak has revealed.

Believe it or not the original plan was to have 200 species in Pokemon Red and Blue. “We designed more than 200 Pokemon for the first games, then whittled them down to 150,” Satoshi Tajiri shared in a 2018 interview with Yomiuri Newspaper.

The Pokemon Company had to cut the Pokedex down to 150 because there wasn’t enough memory on the Game Boy cartridges. This is despite each Pokemon entry reportedly taking up less than 50 bytes of space!

An interesting story reveals why Mew was sneakily added to Red and Blue at the last minute. Sneaking in Pokemon and worrying about space isn’t something developers have to worry about these days, however.

Let’s take a look at some of the Pokemon that missed the cut then. All of these come from Dr Lava who routinely shares fascinating Pokemon facts.

Gyaoon
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Gyaoon could be the oldest designed Pokemon we have never seen!

Gyaoon

Gyaoon and Rhydon are supposedly the first Pokemon ever designed. It looks like a small Tyrannosaurus Rex and looks like it would have fit right in with the franchise.

Little else is known about it. We don’t expect Gyaoon to be added any time soon either!

Crocky Jaggu Barunda
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Fan recreations of Crocky (left), Jaggu (middle) and Barunda (right)…

Crocky Jaggu and Barunda

Crocky, Jaggu and Barunda were found in a 2018 Japanese manga magazine called Satoshi Tajiri (yes the same one as above). Each of them were part of a poll where people who worked on the game would vote if they’d make it in.

Evidently none of them did and we may never know the full reasons. According to Bulbapedia, Barunda’s cry was put into the final game but remained unused.

Kotora Raitora
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Kotora (left) and Raitora (right) are Tiger Pokemon that have yet to make it into the National Pokedex…

Kotora and Raitora

Two other Pokemon found in footage from a Japanese TV show in 2004. These were Kotora and its evolved form Raitora.

It isn’t clear whether these Tiger Pokemon were designed for Gen 1 or for Gen 2, though. They were both found in the Pokemon Gold and Silver beta Pokedex.

Kotora and Raitora look the type of Pokemon who would be popular today. Who knows, maybe the Pokemon Company will dive into their archives and resurrect them one day.

Unreleased Baby Pokemon
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It’s almost certain Pokemon fans would welcome these baby evolutions with open arms to the series…

Baby Pokemon

Many Pokemon fans will be aware of the fact that the Johto region introduced various baby forms, or pre-evolutions, of those in the original 151. This suggests they were designed to appear in Kanto but were shelved due to the memory issues.

These include Cleffa, Elekid, Igglypuff, Magby, Pichu, Smoochum and Tyrogue. As it turned out, their addition in Gen 2 helped bridge the gap between the two generations.

There were other Baby Pokemon that were never released. Among these were baby forms of Doduo, Growlithe, Magikarp, Meowth, Paras, Ponyta, Tangela and Vulpix.

Now, who knows, they could be released at a later point but we’re betting had they been already, they would have all been very popular.

It looks like if the developers for future Pokemon games are struggling for ideas that they have plenty to fall back on. You can watch the video discussing these lost Pokemon and other interesting bits of information in the video above.

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Zarude is finally in Pokemon Sword & Shield and players are “terrified”

Published: 2/Dec/2020 23:11

by Brent Koepp

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Pokemon Sword & Shield players finally getting their hands on Zarude have found the Mythical monster to be “terrifying.” The Dark/Grass-type’s animations in the Wild Area are nightmare fuel.

To celebrate the upcoming Pokemon movie The Secrets of the Jungle, new Mythical ‘mon Zarude was introduced to Sword & Shield. The Dark/Grass-type Legendary plays a major role in the feature length film.

While the character technically made its debut in the RPG months back, many players around the world are only now getting the monster in November. However, some have found one aspect of the character to be unsettling, to say the least.

Some Pokemon Trainers are freaked out by Zarude

Zarude was first revealed back in February, before officially releasing in Sword & Shield in August. Japanese fans who pre-ordered tickets for the film were given a code to redeem the Mythical creature in the Switch title.

However, now that the character has made its debut in Europe, fans have been discovering that the character’s model is kind of creepy. One player uploaded a clip to Reddit, and exclaimed, “So i got the Zarude code from my local GAME and for the love of Arceus i wouldn’t wanna see it running at my at night.”

The video shows the gigantic Simian lunging towards the player as they run around the snowy region of The Crown Tundra. Its wiry arms snapping towards the ground only add to how unsettling the animation is.

So i got the Zarude code from my local GAME and for the love of Arceus i wouldn’t wanna see it running at my at night xD from PokemonSwordAndShield

While fans found the character’s design a bit scary back in February, seeing the monkey hurdling towards you is a sight to behold. One Trainer, reacting to the post, wrote, “Oh my goodness that is terrifying!”

Pokemon players react to Zarude video posted on reddit.

Sword & Shield players shared a similar sentiment on Twitter, such as one person who uploaded a screenshot from their game, and said, “Zarude’s run animation is terrifying.”

Pokemon Sword & Shield player uploads screenshot of Zarude running.

Whether you find the ‘mon creepy or not, Zarude is heavily featured in the upcoming Pokemon movie Secrets of The Jungle. At the time of writing, the movie does not have a release date for North America – though watch this space.

Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, Sword & Shield has already become the third highest grossing title in the entire franchise. Proof that the series has never been more popular.