Fans have uncovered a treasure trove of Pokemon cut from Pokemon Gold/Silver. The reveal comes from users at The Cutting Room Floor who have been pouring over an unreleased prototype build of Pokemon Gold and Silver that contains numerous Pokemon designs that weren’t included in the final builds of the games.
What’s so stunning about this discovery is the sheer number of designs and concepts that weren’t included in the final versions of Gold/Silver but are present in this prototype. You can check out a spreadsheet of the discoveries here or just gawk at this large image of every unreleased Pokemon – or altered Pokemon design – found so far.
One of the things that fans have found most interesting about the cut content discovered thus far is how many “baby” versions of original Pokemon were originally intended to be included in the game. Meowth, Vulpix, Ponyta, Tangela, Goldeen, Grimer, Growlithe, Paras, and Doduo all originally had additional unevolved forms that didn’t make it into the final game. Other Pokemon found in the build were either used in later Pokemon games or were seemingly altered and then later used in future Pokemon titles. However, some evolutions were seemingly never used in a Pokemon game after they were cut from this one.
It also seems that Gold and Silver originally had different starter fire and water Pokemon. The unnamed fire starter would have evolved from a bear-like creature into more of a lion while the water starter actually appears to be the basis for future Pokemon, Popplio.
While cut content is hardly a new thing in video games, the sheer volume of cut content featured in this prototype build of the game is overwhelming. It’s clear that a lot of work went into the design of these cut Pokemon, which suggests that they might have been cut during the testing phase due to balance issues or just the personal choices of the developers who had to cut something from the final product. Regardless, it’s pretty amazing to see how many Pokemon would have been packed into those old-school Game Boy cartridges if technology would have allowed the team to do so.