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Pokémon Colosseum

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Title Screen

Pokémon Colosseum

Developer: Genius Sonority[1]
Publisher: Nintendo[1]
Platform: GameCube
Released in JP: November 21, 2003[1]
Released in US: March 22, 2004[1]
Released in EU: May 14, 2004[1]


EnemyIcon.png This game has unused enemies.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article

Pokémon Colosseum is a weird combination of Final Fantasy and Pokémon. GOTTA SAVE 'EM ALL, MAN!

Hmmm...
To do:
Fix this article. Also, there's supposedly a ton of unused text, unused animations [1], plus Japan-only e-Reader content, and much more. The Japanese bonus disc has two editions, with product codes PCKJ and PCSJ.

Sub-Pages

Read about prerelease information and/or media for this game.
Prerelease Info
PokeColosseum mailicon.png
Unused Text
Poke colo usa celebi.png
Bonus Discs


Debug Mode

Hmmm...
To do:
This might be different in the European version. There also is a debug_menu.fsys file in the ISO, investigate this.

There is a small debug function that can be activated with the following Action Replay codes:

USA Europe
0W0T-3G3X-BEGU4
761R-MU87-Y5HP6
VV06-B5P3-PQQJK
43X6-ZGAX-7CNFZ
NBDE-ZNJ7-MDHZ1
ZVG4-2Q1X-1TXE3
CXJH-RJR6-M51AT
ZKFE-CMMY-9GKHG
9393-TB37-2N5AG
XTAM-9FPW-JC1VC

With the code activated, pressing D-Pad Up will show or hide a bar that has Japanese instructions on how to use the debug function. Pressing the L button will cycle between pause (instant stop), slow (low frame rate), and play (regular speed). Pressing R will pause the game, like when pressing L sometimes, but is more accessible and doesn't need to be cycled to.

Pokemon Colosseum Debug Display.png

(Source: Ralf@gc-forever)

Unused Text

Extra Shadow Pokémon

Hmmm...
To do:
Add the rest of the story text referencing unused Shadow Pokémon.

A list of Shadow Pokémon included in leftover debug text strings includes some that cannot be obtained in the final game: Spoink, Psyduck, Baltoy, Mightyena, Castform, Porygon2, Breloom, Lunatone, Solrock, Roselia, Chimecho, Minun, Electrode, Snorunt, Teddiursa, Corphish, Spheal, Sandslash, Magcargo, Kecleon, Whiscash, Xatu, Wobbuffet, and Wailmer.

Interestingly, one of the game's early Japanese commercials showed the main character with a Castform on his team, which could be related to when it was originally slated as a Shadow Pokemon. Additionally, Baltoy, Lunatone, Solrock, Roselia, Snorunt, Teddiursa, Spheal, and Magcargo were later introduced as Shadow Pokémon in the sequel, while Mightyena, Breloom, Electrode and Xatu can be obtained by evolving Shadow Pokémon in that game. Sandslash is also obtainable as Sandshrew can be captured in Poké Spots. While Psyduck isn’t a Shadow Pokémon, it’s evolution Golduck is.

Some of these Pokémon are also referenced by unused story text:

  • I obtained the hard-to-find SHADOW KECLEON! It's a trivial thing. Only the person who knows the password of this mail's title will battle. They're waiting just before Pyrite Colosseum!
  • I obtained the hard-to-find SHADOW KECLEON! It's a trivial thing. Only the person who knows the password of this mail's title will battle. They're waiting at the entrance to the Shadow Pokemon Research Lab!
  • I obtained the hard-to-find SHADOW KECLEON! It's a trivial thing. Only the person who knows the password of this mail's title will battle. They're waiting at the entrance to Team Snag'em's hideout!
  • Hi, it's NETT. I analyzed the SHADOW POKéMON LIST again and discovered six more. The additions are SKIPLOOM, QUAGSIRE, SUNFLORA, FURRET, MAGCARGO, AND MINUN.. I'll send another update if I can find any more.
  • Hi, it's NETT. I analyzed the SHADOW POKéMON LIST again and discovered six more. The additions are ARIADOS, LEDIAN, SHUCKLE, MISDREAVUS, SPOINK, and ABSOL. I'll send another update if I can find any more.
  • Hi, it's NETT. I analyzed the SHADOW POKéMON LIST again and discovered six more. The additions are HITMONTOP, REMORAID, MANTINE, MEDITITE, BALTOY, and KECLEON. I'll send another update if I can find any more.
  • Hi, it's NETT. I analyzed the SHADOW POKéMON LIST again and discovered six more. The additions are SWABLU, CASTFORM, SMEARGLE, GLIGAR, STANTLER, and MURKROW. I'll send another update if I can find any more.
  • Hi, it's NETT. I analyzed the SHADOW POKéMON LIST again and discovered six more. The additions are PILOSWINE, FORRETRESS, GLIGAR, SNEASEL, PSYDUCK, and TEDDIURSA. I'll send another update if I can find any more.
  • Hi, it's NETT. I analyzed the SHADOW POKéMON LIST again and discovered six more. The additions are HERACROSS, PORYGON2, WHISCASH, XATU, WOBBUFFET, and WAILMER. I'll send another update if I can find any more.
(Source: PokeFor.GreenChu.de, StarsMmd, original TCRF research)

Cut Line

A dialogue string, meant to be said by the girl ("Eh!? Chimecho isn't a Grass Pokémon... It's a Psychic Pokémon."), might be related to the Shadow Grass Pokémon King.

(Source: PokeFor.GreenChu.de)

Cut Trainers

Hmmm...
To do:
Elaborate.
  • "HUNTER RETAY": Unused "Hunter" class trainer.
  • "MALPES THE RIDDLE-LOVER"
  • "SHADOW GRASS POKéMON KING"
  • "Six Shadow Aipom Siblings": Would likely be an encounter with a team of... well... six shadow Aipoms, or six siblings that train shadow Aipoms. Another possibility is that they could have worn Aipom-themed outfits...
(Source: PokeFor.GreenChu.de)

Unused Entities

Shiny Celebi

Hmmm...
To do:
Get a picture of its model.

For the sake of consistency, every Pokémon in every Pokémon game is given a Shiny variant, and Celebi is no exception. However, because the only way to obtain it legitimately was through distributions, the Shiny version of Celebi was left unobtainable through normal means.

Berry Juice

The only source of Berry Juice in any of the Generation III games would've been as a held item on wild Shuckle in FireRed and LeafGreen, but the event needed to make Shuckle appear in the wild was never released, so the item is effectively unused.

BERRY JUICE
A 100%
pure juice
that restores HP
by 20 points.

e-Reader Leftovers

Card e Room

Poke colo usa ereader.png
Hmmm...
To do:
  • A workaround to obtain the e-Reader Pokémon in the European version.
  • Be more specific about which dialogue is missing in the European version.

After completing the main story in the Japanese version, players could access the "Card e room" via the left door in the Phenac Stadium lobby, where they could battle VR Trainers by scanning Battle e cards. In international versions, both doors in the lobby lead to the battle area, though the Card e room is still seen in the demo that plays after waiting on the title screen. However, the Card e room is present yet inaccessible in international versions. There are translation mistakes like not capitalizing the first letter in the game's name. The word e-Reader uses a different letter "e" not seen elsewhere.

If you have gained access to the Card e room in the US version, you are able to use a Japanese e-Reader and e-Reader cards to battle VR Trainers. As the e-Reader itself is Japanese, all text on the e-Reader will be displayed in Japanese. You can not use an English e-Reader, and English e-Reader cards were never made available. Translation is nearly complete, with Japanese text still being displayed for the name of e-Reader cards that change the stadium, for the difficulties, and for the title card in the top left of the menu. In order to gain access to battles, you must load a program from the game onto the e-Reader. This program must be loaded from the US version, trying to use the program loaded from the Japanese version will not work.

In the European version, the game is unable to connect to the e-Reader. The Card e room's NPC dialogue is missing, and they will only display empty text boxes when interacted with.

To enter it, visit the basement of the Phenac City Pokémon Center with this Action Replay code.

USA Europe
ED1R-7K1B-6MH0T
6V4G-BR63-1VBAG
GMNK-UQNE-QR78H
ZDXJ-VZFY-NTNQX
NRTU-8KHF-1PZZ8
DEED-TK1H-U6N5P
BHDF-N90M-BKMPV
YY7R-UN4A-YYT8M
6V4G-BR63-1VBAG
GMNK-UQNE-QR78H
ZDXJ-VZFY-NTNQX
NRTU-8KHF-1PZZ8
F57Q-1RNH-ZBAKF
CNU4-TJFW-TR1W0
(Source: Ralf@gc-forever (US and EU))

Although the e-Reader content was removed from the international versions, the theme used for the menu screens, "virtual", can still be found on the disc.

Miscellaneous

  • The Relic Stone map in Agate Village is listed internally as "shrine_1F", even though it does not use multiple floors. Single-floor maps do not use this notation, which may suggest additional floors were once planned.
  • "cerebi_dat" in ex_shrine.fsys (used for the Relic Stone) is included in the main game disc, even though it is only used in the Japan bonus disc.
  • The e-Reader content is present on the North American disc, including an unreleased 21st card.
Hmmm...
To do:
Try to force-load this content.

Regional Differences

Careful, you'll lose an eye.
This page or section needs more images.
There's a whole lotta words here, but not enough pictures. Please fix this.
Hmmm...
To do:
Explain the differences between the Japanese and international credits themes and upload them here.
  • The story mode character's partner has a longer skirt and shirt outside Japan.
  • The English title logo was changed to remove the Japanese version's brick wall look, and consequently its rising from the ground animation. Oddly enough, an earlier version of the logo (with the brick background) was used for the cover artwork of the US bonus disc.
  • Three Shadow Pokémon are unobtainable by normal means due to the e-Reader room (see above) being dropped from the international versions. By completing a VR trainer difficulty, the player would be challenged by a real trainer in the e-Reader Room with a Shadow Pokémon. There's one trainer for completing each difficulty, and the Shadow Pokémon that were obtainable were Togepi, Mareep, and Scizor. Interestingly, Togepi and Mareep have evolved forms already in the regular game as Shadow Pokémon and they were used as Shadow Pokémon in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.
  • Shiny Jynx's face is black in the Japanese version, but pink in international versions.

References