Prerelease:Pokémon Red and Blue
This page details one or more prerelease versions of Pokémon Red and Blue.
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Prerelease screenshots, development information, concept art:
- Development officially begins on the games.
- December 21 - Pokémon Red and Green is set to be released in Japan but delayed for unknown reasons.
- February 27 - Pokémon Red and Green is released in Japan.
- October 15 - Pokémon Blue is released in Japan exclusively to subscribers of CoroCoro Comic.
- September 28 - Pokémon Red and Blue is released in North America.
- October 23 - Pokémon Red and Blue is released in Australia.
- October 5 - Pokémon Red and Blue is released in Europe.
- October 10 - Pokémon Red, Green and Blue are re-released in Japan, with some minor bug fixes. This is the first public release of Blue in Japan.
Pokémon Red and Green
As well as prototype sprites and scrapped designs, some prototype Japanese names for Pokémon which differ from those in the final game are visible on certain pages of the Satoshi Tajiri: The Man Who Made Pokémon manga. Where readable, these should be documented and added to a "Prototype names" section.
The 2018 manga Satoshi Tajiri: The Man Who Made Pokémon includes images of a number of Pokémon that didn't make the final cut. With the exception of the first two Pokémon listed, all of the index numbers assigned to these designs match blanked-out "MissingNo." slots in the final game, suggesting these were the Pokémon assigned to those slots earlier in development.
|ギャオーン (Gyaoon)||Unknown||Name is derived from the onomatopoeia for Godzilla's roar. The image shows the katakana ス (su) crossed out, suggesting that its name was going to be ギャース (Gyaasu).|
|Unknown||1||Probably an earlier or later version of ギャオーン (Gyaoon) due to the similar pose and physical appearance. Its index number would eventually be used by Rhydon in the final game.|
|ディアー (Diaa)||56||Name is the English word "Deer".|
|Unknown||61||The name appears to end with ロ (ro) or コ (ko).|
|クロッキー (Kurokkii)||62||Name means "Crocky".|
|カクタス (Kakutasu)||67||Name is the English word "Cactus".|
|ジャッグ (Jaggu)||68||Name means "Jagg".|
The aforementioned manga also includes of a number of sprites with noticeable differences to the final game. All of the Pokémon have their index numbers listed next to them, which match their index numbers used in the final game with the exception of Venusaur and Rhydon.
154 (final game)
|Its prerelease index number was assigned to Ivysaur in the final game. It is frowning instead of smiling. Its eyes are bigger. Its front right leg is on the ground. Its front left leg is further forward. Its teeth are bigger. Its back left leg is more visible. Its head has a number of spikes. The leaves are attached to the flower instead of its body. The center of the flower does not have spikes. The flower does not appear to have spots and the petals are not pointy. The plant trunk widens towards the bottom.|
|Spearow||5||Likely to be an early version of Spearow due to its matching index number. The page that this was scanned from contains only early designs for the Pokémon occupying the first 16 internal index numbers in the final game, and Spearow holds the distinction of being the only bird Pokémon in this range. The general shape of the beak is the most similar part to the final version's sprite, but some elements such as the head feathers were later used by Pidgeotto and Pidgeot instead. Other elements such as claws were scrapped completely|
|Nidoran♀||15||The spikes on its back are bigger. It has less spots. Its eye is bigger. Its left ear is lower down and doesn't have spikes. It doesn't have whiskers. The spikes on its head are further back. It doesn't have a visible nose.|
|Nidoqueen||16||Its right ear is larger. It has more visible claws on its right hand. It has a visible tooth on the left of its mouth. Most shading is darker including on the right of its mouth and on its left leg.|
|Nidoran♂||3||The pupil in its eye is bigger. There are no spikes on its ears. Its toes are bigger. It has less spots. The shading on its back horns is darker.|
|Clefairy||4||There is no curl on its head. Its eyes are bigger and darker. It has claws. It has no back spikes. Its mouth is closed. It has pointy ears without dark spots. Its toes are bigger. Its tail points down and doesn't curl. There is more shading towards the bottom.|
|Slowbro||8||It has a somewhat confused expression instead of a smile very similar to Slowpoke's sprite. Its right arm is not raised. The visible tail has lighter shading and the eye on its shell is further to the right.|
|Seel||58||Although it looks completely different at this stage of development, the Pokémon's species, Japanese name (パウワウ/Pauwau) and internal index number all match Seel's from the final game. Even the creature's pose is very similar, albeit proportionally very different due to its completely different design. All of these factors suggest this is simply an earlier design for Seel rather than a separate, scrapped creature.|
|Grimer||13||Its mouth is closed. Its arms are pointed forwards. Its hands are round. Its left eye is further down. Its right eye is more central. The shading is different throughout its full body.|
|Gengar||14||Its mouth is much smaller, and difficult to see on the scanned image. The shading is darker. Its ears are smaller. It has larger spikes on its head. It has a bigger tail. It has no visible hands.|
|Voltorb||6||Its eyes are bigger. There is darker shading on the top of its head.|
|Exeggcute||12||The front two eggs have less shading. The middle-back egg has more of its right eye visible. The front-right egg has an extra crack at the top.|
|Exeggutor||10||The toes on its left foot are bigger and the ones on its right foot are less pointed. The eyes on its left head are bigger. The eye on its middle head is at a lower angle. The eye and mouth on its right head are in different places. The overall shading is lighter.|
|Lickitung||11||Its arms are not raised. It doesn't appear to have thumbs. Its stomach and legs do not have patterns on them. Its tail is shorter. Its tongue is more forked. Its feet are smaller.|
1 (final game)
|The front horn is smaller and isn't a spiral. Its collar is missing suggesting that the striped pattern on its stomach would have been bigger. Shading is lighter especially around the bottom.|
|Kangaskhan||2||The shading on its head is darker while its stomach is lighter.|
There is also a backsprite of Nidoking, suggesting that backsprites would have shown the full body instead of just the top part. It is in a similar pose to its final front sprite. Full body backsprites for all Pokémon would not be implemented until Black and White in 2010.
|Prerelease||Final back||Final front||Index No.|
Previews for the Japanese Pokémon Blue were featured in the November and December 1996 editions of CoroCoro Comic (published in October and November respectively). Page 22 of the November edition and page 19 of the December edition show a few sprites which differ from the final game.
"The (TRAINER TYPE) wants to fight!"
A prototype screenshot of the trainer fight with Brock is present in the official manual, on Pages 7 and 25. The dialogue has a "The" at the start of the text. Another prerelease screenshot had the player encountering Misty, with the text "The MISTY wants to fight."
"(POKéMON) CUT down a bush!"
In a screenshot on Page 31 of the official player's guide for Pokémon Red and Blue, "(POKéMON) CUT down a bush!" is used instead of the usual message "(POKéMON) hacked away with CUT!" when using Cut on a bush. This was changed because Cut can also be used to chop down tall grass, and the same text string is used for both purposes.