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Huge Pokémon Gold and Silver source code leak reveals some very beta-looking pocket monsters

Silver and Gold featured generation II Pokémon. (Image source: BitMe)
Silver and Gold featured generation II Pokémon. (Image source: BitMe)
The full source code for Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version has been shared online, and fans have been thoroughly enjoying going through the dozens of images that were part of the various builds. This includes pictures of front and back Pokémon sprites and beta designs for characters such as Pichu and Shuckle.
Daniel R Deakin,

Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver were released in Japan in 1999, before coming to Australia and North America in 2000 and Europe in 2001. The games were huge commercial and critical successes: Over 23 million units were sold. The full source code for the popular titles has now been shared online, and it has revealed drawings of a considerable amount of unused Pokémon and some beta versions of more well-known monsters.

The sprites discovered in the code for Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver include placeholder designs and previously unknown monsters, and fans have already been busy selecting their favorites. The designs for Pichu and Celebi have been highlighted for their differences to how they looked in the final product, and as for Wobbuffet, the leaked source code has a sprite for the psychic monster that looks like a black-and-white kidney bean with an eye drawn on it (see image below and source links).

It appears the beta version of Wooper has been one of the most positively received designs extracted from the source code for Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver so far, and the unused Pokémon sprites have also been attracting plenty of attention as gamers try to work out their possible types and evolutions. The Pokémon series began in 1996 with Pokémon Red and Blue and is now the highest-grossing franchise of all time, ahead of Star Wars and the Wizarding World (Harry Potter), with estimated total revenue of US$95 billion.

Just some of the beta Pokémon. (Edited - images: Resetera)
Just some of the beta Pokémon. (Edited - images: Resetera)
Some of the beta and unused Pokémon sprites from Gold and Silver. (Image source: gssource.neocities @takoto)
Some of the beta and unused Pokémon sprites from Gold and Silver. (Image source: gssource.neocities @takoto)

Source(s)

Resetera

via 4channel

For all of the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver sprite images:

gssource.neocities - @takoto (main sprites/back sprites - '97 & '99)

allthepics.net (1999 collection)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-04-25 (Update: 2020-09-30)
Daniel R Deakin
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.