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Mitchman
May 19th, 2009, 12:44 AM
Yes. Pokemon was suggested to be all buff and gar for the west only cause some thought it would be too cutesy for the west:
http://kotaku.com/5260140/pokemon-could-have-been-muscular-monsters
I have no idea what to say except for Pokemon would have failed since 2000 if this happened.

Translator
May 19th, 2009, 12:49 AM
Woah. Maybe Pokemon wouldn't be so popular as it is right now if that ever happened. :)

The Scientist
May 19th, 2009, 01:28 AM
I have determined that this thread needs moar pictures.

http://images.encyclopediadramatica.com/images/thumb/6/6d/Digglet_underground.JPG/610px-Digglet_underground.JPG

http://images.encyclopediadramatica.com/images/6/6c/Pikaman_anime.jpg

http://images.encyclopediadramatica.com/images/1/12/Pikaman_by_Wu_zhi.jpg

♣Gawain♣
May 19th, 2009, 03:44 AM
There is one thing I will say.

THOSE GUYS ARE NUTS!!!

And that picture gives me the willies.

Killerjockel
May 19th, 2009, 04:03 AM
I like chickenwings !!! ^^

bobandbill
May 19th, 2009, 04:47 AM
Epic pictures. XD

Funnily enough, and friend and I were talking about a similar subject - basically about how games tended to be changed some way or another when released on other countries. Frankly I find it annoying, all of this censoring business and localisation...ing. At least such a thing hadn't happened in this instance, otherwise Pokemon wouldn't have taken off as much as it has had, I fear. (And looking at stuff like Tyranitar and all...). But...I wonder what they things they suggested looked like... O_o

At any rate though, look at stuff which did get changed - the latest Fire Emblem game on the DS - Shadow Dragon - reportedly had the US version easier than the Japanese version. Possibly done because they thought that the game was all too hard for us Western players - which completely misses the point of Fire Emblem being a fun game due to it being challenging, rather than being made somewhat easier and more beatable. =/

In other games, characters underwent changes visually...such as in the comments on that page, one mentions a character looking different between the Japanese and American versions. The difference - they replaced a cowboy hat. What reason is that to it - didn't look cool enough? Stuff like this appears in tv shows as well, and so forth (including the Pokemon anime - besides guns being taken out of one episode (or was it the episode altogether?), rice balls now = doughnuts, apparently) - there's a number of stuff out there that underwent such changes, big or small, many for questionable reasons.

For those who played The World Ends With You - imagine if it was passed off as, say, New York, or suddenly was Americanised, ignoring the actual place that it is set in - a district in Japan. Not that grand a thought there now, is it? Happily that isn't the case. (Although... there ARE songs that only appeared in the Japanese version...)

Although they may try to improve games for the target audience in completely different countries with such changes, many times they end up just being more of a hindrance for many. All this politically correct business and ignorance of things that don't appear in countries... well, some changes at times should be made, of course, but to make the gameplay easier, or remove cultural objects and so forth...and suggest replacing Pokemon because, darn it, electric rodents, along with turtles with cannons from their backs and fire-breathing dragons just aren't cool enough? Not something a agree upon.

Ayselipera
May 19th, 2009, 09:50 AM
We would of ended up having a game
full of Machokes and Machamps.

BHwolfgang
May 19th, 2009, 04:34 PM
We would of ended up having a game
full of Machokes and Machamps. Don't forget Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan.

Those are the most amazing pictures ever. I want to be that when I grow up.

GreenStorm
May 19th, 2009, 06:20 PM
Fighting types would have been the main key. But I would love to see the events that would have been if Nintendo did "Musclemon".

Cham
May 19th, 2009, 08:25 PM
What is with people thinking America likes crappy ideas or something? The guy who proposed that idea sounds like the same person who decides to dumb down all the video game box art when transferring games from Japan to America.

Nnoitra Jiruga
May 19th, 2009, 08:33 PM
Thanks for the nightmares...
Musclemon? o-o
Not exactly child-friendly? 8 D

♣Gawain♣
May 19th, 2009, 09:14 PM
Thanks for the nightmares...
Musclemon? o-o
Not exactly child-friendly? 8 D

Those pics and ideas are definitely not child friendly. Especially with that beefed up Diglett.

изм
May 20th, 2009, 01:43 AM
I'm glad Nintendo chose to keep Pokemon the way it was. We've now got a group of close to 500 different creatures that are extremely diverse, just like the races of the world...

What about -mons like Feraligatr, Garchomp, Rhyperior, Groudon or Tyranitar? Didn't Pokemon jump off the cute boat a few years ago?

Sola84
May 20th, 2009, 06:42 AM
I've always wondered what Diglett looked like below the neck...

Pokemon was/is appealing to kids because they looked cute and cool. I certainly wouldn't have played/watched it if pokemon was on steriods.

The Scientist
May 20th, 2009, 06:52 AM
Pokemon was/is appealing to kids because they looked cute and cool. I certainly wouldn't have played/watched it if pokemon was on steriods.

Remember Fighting Foodons? Remember ULTIMATE MUSCLE?

processr
May 20th, 2009, 07:25 AM
Stuff like this appears in tv shows as well, and so forth (including the Pokemon anime - besides guns being taken out of one episode (or was it the episode altogether?), rice balls now = doughnuts, apparently) - there's a number of stuff out there that underwent such changes, big or small, many for questionable reasons.

You're thinking about The Legend of Miniryu (The Legend of Dratini), which wasn't shown outside of Japan due to heavy use of firearms. In all fairness, you can't really have such a use of guns in a programme aimed at pre-teens and teens, and you can't really use the excuse that Japanese children are less sensitive about the issue - do you see guns being used in the anime today? =/

Also, the rice balls = donuts was in one episode - the 25th overall - and times have move don since then. Nowadays they're called rice balls properly, though there were times in Hoenn where there were paint edits to change them into sandwiches. >>;

For those who played The World Ends With You - imagine if it was passed off as, say, New York, or suddenly was Americanised, ignoring the actual place that it is set in - a district in Japan. Not that grand a thought there now, is it? Happily that isn't the case. (Although... there ARE songs that only appeared in the Japanese version...)

Oh lord, I can't imagine such a thing. D= Are you sure about some songs only appearing in the Japanese version though? If you're referring to the songs that are translated into American ("Someday" and "Twister", can't remember if there are any more) I'm positive I've heard both the originals and the translated in-game.

Callandor
May 20th, 2009, 10:21 AM
Wow. I honestly agree with the majority view here. I am glad that pokemon wasn't changed. I mean I like all those Fighting types, but to have nonthing but that would suck!

Though I guess I am kinda interested in the idea. I mean it brings to mind the kind of questions like "What would the games be based on, a large fighting tornament?"

Sola84
May 20th, 2009, 12:36 PM
Remember Fighting Foodons? Remember ULTIMATE MUSCLE?

I remember ultimate muscle but only partly D:

Monochrome
May 20th, 2009, 03:17 PM
I wonder who the American was who said NO WE AMERICAN HATE ALL THINGS CUTE AND AWESOME.... GIVE THEM ROIDS.... Cuz yeah that guy failed....