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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 Space World 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] As with the final games, the demo used the Japanese Pokémon Blue as its basis for development. However, due to a variety of delays, including a complete overhaul to the game, it would not be released until November 21, 1999.

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

Gameplay

The demo begins with a monologue from Professor Oak, similar to the final game, the player character is a boy named Satoshi (サトシ). The demo covers the first portion of the game, traveling through the starting town, Silent Hills (サイレントヒルズ), and the first route which contains a small forest named Silent Hill (しずかなおか). The player begins in their room with a random Starter Pokémon from the new games and will already have 3000PokémonDollar.png and eight badges, although the Gym Leader portraits on the Trainer Card are hidden. The player also has five different items available to them in the backpack, 5 Pokéballs, 10 Potions, 10 Full Heals, and two held items that weren't in the final game release, an Irritable Orb (しげきだま) which prevents a Pokémon from sleeping and a Fighting Spirit Bullet (きあいだま) which prevents a Pokémon from being fainting.

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 demo will end in one of two ways, when the player reaches the end of Route 1 and encounters their rival, a boy named Shigeru (シゲル), or if the player's team blacks out during battle. The Pokémon Center is not accessible in the demo and PCs are also not able to be used. Starter Pokémon and wild Pokémon evolution was disabled and when an NPC loses, their losing dialog is not present.

Surprisingly, the player does have access to the Pokédex. Generation I Pokédex entries were carried over as placeholders for Pokémon. 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 on the same tile by rotating.

Starter Pokémon

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Type:
Grass Unknown
Held item:
Berry
ハッパ Lv.8
Tackle
Normal
Growth
Grass
Leech Seed
Grass
  --  
   
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Type:
Fire Unknown
Held item:
Berry
ホノオグマ Lv.8
Tackle
Normal
Leer
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   
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Type:
Water Unknown
Held item:
Berry
クルス Lv.8
Tackle
Normal
Growl
Normal
Water Gun
Water
  --  
   

Locations

There are three overworld locations available to the player in the demo. Silent Hills which is the home town of the player and their rival, it 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 western exit leads through to Route 1, where the player finds a few patches of tall grass where wild Pokémon may appear, there is also a small inaccessible area (blocked by a Cut tree) to the south which connects to the northern part of the Route. Between the two halves lies Silent Hill, a small area similar to Viridian Forest where the player encounters their first Trainers. Upon exiting this area there is a direct path to the Gate which presumably would lead to the next city, however, approaching it the player will encounter the rival who ends the demo.

Wild Pokémon

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Route 1 (East)
016 Pidgey
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
019 Rattata
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
025 Pikachu
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
163 Hoothoot
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
183 Marill
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
187 Hoppip
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
192 Sunflora
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
203 Girafarig
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
Silent Hill
010 Caterpie
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
011 Metapod
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
016 Pidgey
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
025 Pikachu
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
163 Hoothoot
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
165 Ledyba
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
183 Marill
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
187 Hoppip
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
Route 1 (North)
016 Pidgey
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
019 Rattata
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
023 Ekans
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
025 Pikachu
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
163 Hoothoot
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
183 Marill
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
187 Hoppip
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
192 Sunflora
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
227 Skarmory
G S C
Grass Grass
 ?  ?%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Trainers

Gold Version

Trainer Pokémon
Silent Hill
Bug Catcher Junichi
Bug Catcher Junichi
じゅんいち Junichi
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1071
046 Paras Lv.7
No item
Bug Catcher Sosuke
Bug Catcher Sosuke
そうすけ Sosuke
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1377
165 Ledyba Lv.9
No item
Beauty Megumi
Beauty Megumi
じゅんいち Megumi
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1071
052 Meowth Lv.10
No item
Schoolboy Tetsuya
Schoolboy Tetsuya
あきと Tetsuya
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1071
199 Slowking Lv.9
No item
Firebreather Akito
Firebreather Akito
じゅんいち Akito
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1071
240 Magby Lv.10
No item
Route 1 (North)
Kimono Girl Kōme
Kimono Girl Kōme
こうめ Kōme
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1530
035 Clefairy Lv.10
No item
Trainers with a telephone symbol by their names will give their Pokégear number to the player, and may call or be called for a rematch with higher-level Pokémon.

Silver Version

Trainer Pokémon
Silent Hill
Bug Catcher Kenji
Bug Catcher Kenji
けんじ Kenji
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1071
165 Ledyba Lv.9
No item
Bug Catcher Ken
Bug Catcher Ken
けん Ken
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1071
048 Venonat Lv.7
No item
Fisher Hisashi
Fisher Hisashi
ひさし Hisashi
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1530
211 Qwilfish Lv.9
No item
Lass Atsuko
Lass Atsuko
あつこ Atsuko
Reward: PokémonDollar.png530
043 Oddish Lv.10
No item
Sportsman Shigeki
Sportsman Shigeki
しげき Shigeki
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1530
232 Donphan Lv.9
No item
Route 1 (North)
Kimono Girl Tamao
Kimono Girl Tamao
たまお Tamao
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1530
039 Jigglypuff Lv.10
No item
Trainers with a telephone symbol by their names will give their Pokégear number to the player, and may call or be called for a rematch with higher-level Pokémon.

Trivia

  • 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.
  • The majority of the Trainers in this demo are named after staff members at Game Freak.

References