Pokémon Red and Blue had a long, protracted development. Development began in 1990, but had issues with computer crashes, limited resources, and trying to find a publisher. Fortunately, the game would be released in February 1996 in Japan, where it would become a sleeper hit and would eventually reach international markets in the late 90's.
Seen here are early sprites for the protagonist, which depict him as a rather rough-looking teenager wielding a whip and whose eyes are covered by the brim of his cap. The final game would opt to give the player character a much more fitting design, reworking him into a disinterested-looking young boy. Outlines for the sprite on the right still survive into the final game.
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