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Pokémon Gold demo
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Title screen of the Pokémon Gold demo
Pokémon Silver demo
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Title screen of the Pokémon Silver demo
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Basic info
Platform: Game Boy (enhanced for the Super Game Boy)
Category: RPG demo
Players: 1 player
Connectivity: None
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo/The Pokémon Company
Part of: Generation II
Ratings
CERO: N/A
ESRB: N/A
ACB: N/A
OFLC: N/A
PEGI: N/A
GRAC: N/A
GSRR: N/A
Release dates
Japan: November 21, 1997
North America: N/A
Australia: N/A
Europe: N/A
South Korea: N/A
Hong Kong: N/A
Taiwan: N/A
Websites
Japanese: Space World
English: N/A

The Pokémon Gold and Silver demo is an early build of the games Pokémon Gold and Silver shown at Nintendo Space World '97 from November 21 to 23, 1997. At the time, the final game was estimated to be about 80 percent complete and was set to be released for the original Game Boy, as the Game Boy Color had not yet been announced, in late March of the following year. [1][2] However, due to a variety of delays, including a complete overhaul to the game, it would not be released until late 1999.

During the two years after it was first shown at Nintendo Space World '97 until its final release in November 21, 1999, the game changed extensively from this early demo. As with the final games, the demo used the Japanese Pokémon Blue as its basis for development.

Up until 2018, little information was known about this demo, due to the majority of the game being locked off from players. Only a few photographs were taken, and most of the information known comes from testimony of attendees. On May 26, 2018, however, ROM files of both the Gold and Silver demos were anonymously posted online, including versions with debug menus, allowing players to explore data that was blocked off at Space World.

Beyond what was intended to be played appears unfinished: many Pokémon have unfinished and placeholder base stats; scripts, NPCs, and warp data is largely absent; collision data is missing; and some areas are completely missing. Nevertheless, a large amount of information can be gathered from what is present, including many redesigned or scrapped Pokémon designs, minigame easter eggs, and a completely different region.


Gameplay

The demo begins with a monologue from Professor Oak, similar to the final game. However, there is no option to give the player a gender or a name, who is instead automatically a boy named Satoshi (サトシ). Afterwards, the player begins in his room in a town called Silent Hills (サイレントヒルズ). The player will already have 3000PokémonDollar.png and eight badges, although the Gym Leaders are blacked out. One of three starter Pokémon, randomly chosen, is already placed in the player's party.

File:Spr 2b 152.png
Type:
Grass Unknown
Held item:
None
ハッパ Lv.8
Tackle
Normal
Growth
Grass
Leech Seed
Grass
  --  
   
File:Spr 2b 155.png
Type:
Fire Unknown
Held item:
None
ホノオグマ Lv.8
Tackle
Normal
Leer
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   
File:Spr 2b 158.png
Type:
Water Unknown
Held item:
None
クルス Lv.8
Tackle
Normal
Growl
Normal
Water Gun
Water
  --  
   

Silent Hills has exits to the west, north, and east; however, the northern and eastern exits are blocked to prevent the player from accessing unfinished areas. A Pokémon Center which the player can enter is present in the town, but all of its functions are unavailable. Silent Hills also has a laboratory, but it cannot be entered.

The player will then move west to Route 1, a typical route with a dungeon called Silent Hill (しずかなおか) in the middle. (Although the English translations for both サイレントヒルズ and しずかなおか are the same, they are written differently in Japanese: the town is a transliteration of the English term "Silent Hills" in katakana, and the dungeon area in Route 1 is the Japanese native translation for "Silent Hill," written in hiragana.) Silent Hill has the first Trainers to encounter in the game. After going through Silent Hill, the player reemerges on the other side of Route 1, where they will encounter another trainer. At the end of Route 1, the rival, automatically named Shigeru (シゲル), stops the player, and the demo ends. The demo will also end if the player blacks out.

Differences from the final game

The demo and the final versions of the Generation II games had numerous differences.

Morning Day Night The demo was meant to be played on Gameboy hardware and was not designed to take advantage of the colors available on a Gameboy Color; as such, the colors available through the Super Gameboy were less detailed. The day and night system is present, but due to running on a Game Boy color scheme, the change in colors for the time of the day are just shades of blue. Playing the final games on a Super Gameboy yields a similar effect.

The intro lacks music, and instead of showing the Generation II starters at the end of the intro, Venusaur and Blastoise are shown instead; Charizard, which was present in the final game's intro, has a slightly less detailed design.

Generation I Pokédex entries were carried over as placeholders for Pokémon until new Pokédex entries were able to be written for them. All Pokédex entries for Generation II Pokémon use the same placeholder text:「はっけんされた ばかりの ポケモン げんざい ちょうさちゅう。」 ("Now investigating this newly discovered Pokémon.") In an odd occurrence, it was also possible to battle wild Pokémon twice in a row without moving from a grass panel; why this was an implemented feature at the time is unknown.

Kanto Route 1 music plays for all Routes. The music of Viridian City, Saffron City, and Pewter City plays for all cities and towns present. Trainer and wild Pokémon battles both use Pokémon Red and Green Gym Leader music. More tracks from Pokémon Red and Green are present for events that are not normally possible in this build.

Type chart

Several type match ups differed from the final version of the game. Notably, Normal-type and Dark-type would be super effective against Dark-types while Normal-types would only take half-damage from Dark-types, Water-type and Electric-type would have been super effective against Steel-type, and Poison-type would be resisted by the Steel-type instead of Poison-type moves doing no damage.

× Defending type
Normal Fighting Flying Poison Ground Rock Bug Ghost Steel Fire Water Grass Electric Psychic Ice Dragon Dark
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Normal ½×
Fighting ½× ½× ½× ½× ½×
Flying ½× ½×
Poison ½× ½× ½× ½× ½×
Ground ½× ½×
Rock ½× ½× ½×
Bug ½× ½× ½× ½×
Ghost ½×
Steel ½× ½×
Fire ½× ½× ½× ½×
Water ½× ½× ½× ½×
Grass ½× ½× ½× ½× ½× ½×
Electric ½× ½× ½×
Psychic ½× ½×
Ice ½× ½× ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
These matchups are suitable for the Gold and Silver Spaceworld Demo.

Demo restrictions

As this game was meant to be publicly played at Space World '97, there were several restrictions put in place to make sure the game could not lock up or be set up to not work for other players. The only options available at the start screen are "ポケモンを あそぶ" (Play Pokémon) and "せっていを かえる" (Change Settings). There is no Continue option as the player is not able to save in the demo build. The player is given a random level 8 starter Pokémon.

The player only has Potions as PokéCenters are not accessible in the demo. PCs are also not able to be used. Trying to visit a PokéCenter or use a PC gives the text of "under repair" or "being adjusted." This is likely to prevent a single attendee from hogging the demo by repeatedly healing to avoid blacking out.

The player and rival's names cannot be selected or made and are instead given random pre-selected names. Starter Pokémon and wild Pokémon are not able to evolve to prevent their discovery. When an NPC loses, their losing dialog is not present to allow for more playing time in the demo. The player can only visit Silent Hill and early routes up to the forest area. When all the player's Pokémon faint, the game boots back to the title screen for the next person to play.

Pokémon

Main article: Pokémon Gold and Silver demo/Pokémon

Although only a few new Pokémon can be seen in the demo through normal gameplay, 100 new Pokémon had been designed at the time. 62 of these Pokémon were used in the final games, and 29 of these Pokémon received various changes before their release in the final games. 38 Pokémon went completely unused. 16 of the unused Pokémon were related to the original 151 Generation I Pokémon, and two of the unused Pokémon were related to Generation II Pokémon which made it into the final release. 20 of the unreleased Pokémon were not related to any existing Pokémon.

Many of the 151 Generation I Pokémon still used their sprites from Pokémon Blue as placeholder sprites during this time. Several Pokémon would have also gained either an evolution or a pre-evolution. Certain scrapped Pokémon correspond to, and may have inspired, later-generation Pokémon such as Leafeon or Lickilicky.

List of new Pokémon

Ndex MS Pokémon Type
#152 MS Plant II.png Chikorita Grass
#153 MS Plant II.png Bayleef Grass
#154 MS Plant II.png Meganium Grass
#155 MS Rhydon II.png Honōguma Fire
#156 MS Rhydon II.png Borubeā Fire
#157 MS Rhydon II.png Dainabea Fire
#158 MS Aquatic II.png Kurusu Water
#159 MS Aquatic II.png Akua Water
#160 MS Aquatic II.png Akueria Water
#161 MS Bird II.png Hoothoot Flying
#162 MS Bird II.png Noctowl Flying
#163 MS Animal II.png Mareep Electric
#164 MS Animal II.png Flaaffy Electric
#165 MS Rhydon II.png Ampharos Electric
#166 MS Animal II.png Mikon Water *
#167 MS Plant II.png Monja Grass
#168 MS Plant II.png Jaranra Grass
#169 MS Fish II.png Hanēi Water Flying
#170 MS Fish II.png Qwilfish Water
#171 MS Fish II.png Shibirefugu Water
#172 MS Pikachu II.png Pichu Electric
#173 MS Clefairy II.png Cleffa Normal
#174 MS Jigglypuff II.png Igglybuff Normal
#175 MS Rhydon II.png Quagsire Water
#176 MS Bird II.png Natu Flying Psychic
#177 MS Bird II.png Xatu Flying Psychic
#178 MS Fish II.png Gyopin Water
#179 MS Jigglypuff II.png Marill Water
#180 MS Fish II.png Manbō1 Water
#181 MS Fish II.png Ikari Water Steel
#182 MS Fish II.png Gurotesu Water Steel
#183 MS Zubat II.png Crobat Poison Flying
#184 MS Bug II.png Para Bug
#185 MS Bug II.png Spinarak Bug Poison
#186 MS Bug II.png Ariados Bug Poison
#187 MS Bird II.png Skarmory Flying Steel
#188 MS Amorphous II.png Animon Normal
#189 MS Bird II.png Hināzu Normal Flying
#190 MS Plant II.png Sunflora Grass Psychic
#191 MS Quadruped II.png Phanpy Ground
#192 MS Quadruped II.png Donphan Ground
#193 MS Gengar II.png Tsuinzu Dark Normal
#194 MS Animal II.png Girafarig Dark Normal
#195 MS Human II.png Smeargle Normal
#196 MS Animal II.png Kōnya Normal
#197 MS Animal II.png Rinrin Dark
#198 MS Animal II.png Berurun Dark
#199 MS Poliwag II.png Politoed Water
#200 MS Rhydon II.png Slowking Water Psychic
#201 MS Unown II.png Unown Normal
#202 MS Bug II.png Ledyba Bug Flying
#203 MS Bug II.png Ledian Bug Flying
#204 MS Quadruped II.png Puchikōn Normal
#205 MS Animal II.png Espeon Psychic
#206 MS Animal II.png Umbreon Poison
#207 MS Animal II.png Tāban Water
#208 MS Amorphous II.png Betobebī Poison
#209 MS Fish II.png Remoraid Water
#210 MS Fish II.png Octillery Water
#211 MS Wrestler II.png Tyrogue Fighting
#212 MS Wrestler II.png Hitmontop Fighting
#213 MS Animal II.png Pudi Fighting
#214 MS Plant II.png Hoppip Grass Flying
#215 MS Plant II.png Skiploom Grass Flying
#216 MS Plant II.png Jumpluff Grass Flying
#217 MS Human II.png Baririna Fighting
#218 MS Human II.png Smoochum Ice
#219 MS Human II.png Elekid Electric
#220 MS Human II.png Magby Fire
#221 MS Plant II.png Bellossom Grass Poison
#222 MS Plant II.png Tsubomitto Grass Poison
#223 MS Quadruped II.png Miltank Normal
#224 MS Aquatic II.png Bomushikā Water Fire
#225 MS Clefairy II.png Delibird Water Ice
#226 MS Animal II.png Kotora Electric
#227 MS Animal II.png Raitora Electric
#228 MS Bird II.png Madāmu Normal Flying
#229 MS Gengar II.png Norowara Ghost
#230 MS Gengar II.png Kyonpan Ghost
#231 MS Animal II.png Murkrow Dark Flying
#232 MS Rhydon II.png Blissey Normal
#233 MS Bird II.png Scizor Bug Flying
#234 MS Bug II.png Purakkusu Bug
#235 MS Animal II.png Houndour Fire
#236 MS Animal II.png Houndoom Fire
#237 MS Rhydon II.png Urufuman Ice
#238 MS Rhydon II.png Wāurufu Ice
#239 MS Artificial II.png Porygon2 Normal
#240 MS Rhydon II.png Namēru Normal
#241 MS Snake II.png Steelix Steel Ground
#242 MS Aquatic II.png Kingdra Dragon Water
#243 MS Animal II.png Raikou Electric
#244 MS Animal II.png Entei Fire
#245 MS Animal II.png Suicune Water
#246 MS Animal II.png Sneasel Dark
#247 MS Bird II.png Ho-Oh Flying
#248 MS Clefairy II.png Togepi Normal
#249 MS Clefairy II.png Snubbull Psychic
#250 MS Animal II.png Aipom Normal
#251 MS Animal II.png Rīfi Grass

Maps

Main article: Pokémon Gold and Silver demo/Locations

File:Johto Town Map GS Demo.png Although only Silent Hill and the route and forest leading from it to Old City are accessible in the demo, many other locations are programmed into the game. However, the inaccessible locations lack collision and warp data.

The final map of Johto shares little resemblance to the region present in the demo, which was based on the entirety of Japan, with Kanto included as a large city within it. Apart from Kanto and a prototype of the Ruins of Alph, none of the areas from the final game appear in the demo; however, some maps bear similarities.

Mini-games

This build of the game contained far more mini-games, with a total of 5.

Title screen

A hidden mini-game involving Pikachu can be played if the game is left idle at the title screen for an extended period of time. The player tries to avoid obstacles and collect musical notes while catching up to Jigglypuff. The game ends once Pikachu catches up to Jigglypuff and returns to the title screen. After playing, the title screen will have musical notes flying across the screen, rather than fire.

Picross

A picross mini-game featuring Pokémon was present.

Some Pokémon picross puzzles would later appear in Picross NP Vol. 1. Pokémon Picross would also be announced for the Game Boy Color; however, it was ultimately cancelled. A Pokémon picross game would not be released until Pokémon Picross in December 2015.

Poker

The poker mini-game was based on the real-life game of poker but with various Pokémon on the cards instead of clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades. It would be replaced with card flip in the final version of the game.

Memory game

A memory game is a game where the player attempts to match five pairs of cards in five turns. However, no coins are actually rewarded for any matches. This game remains unused in the final game.

Slide puzzle

The last mini-game is a 15-tile slide puzzle game where the player has to try rearranging the tiles to reveal who the Pokémon is.

Items

Main article: Pokémon Gold and Silver demo/Items

With the introduction of held items, many new items and Key Items were added that would be cut, have slight changes in how they worked, or be scrapped altogether.

References