Despite there now being almost 900 Pokémon all told, believe it or not, there are some created creatures that never made it past the cutting room floor.
When Pokémon was first created more than 20 years ago, the franchise kicked things off by introducing the world to 151 new and original fictional animals - creatures the game's players were tasked with capturing, collecting, and battling. One hundred and fifty-one right off the bat felt like a pretty big number at the time. Fast forward to today, and the franchise boasts almost 900 Pokémon.
The latest additions to the Pokédex courtesy of Sword & Shield's release bring the running total to 890. With so many Pokémon to invent from scratch, it's understandable that some of the designs have been accused of being pretty lazy. We mean come on, Trubbish? And Luvdisc? Game Freak can do better than that, and also a little less creepy.
With developers resorting to anthropomorphizing bags of trash, the assumption is that they are running short on ideas. Or maybe not, as to this day, developers have still not resorted to using the designs of what could be considered the very original Pokémon, Godzillante and Gorillaimo. As their names suggest, they appear to be based on Godzilla and King Kong. It also seems as if they were never intended to ever appear in the Pokémon games.
Godzillante:— Dr. Lava's Lost Pokemon (@DrLavaYT) November 25, 2019
Created by Ken Sugimori, Godzillante can be seen in Pre-Gen 1 Pokemon design documents. But he was probably just created to illustrate the game's mechanics -- not to become an actual Pokemon.
Pre-Gen 1 Concept Art • Fan Recreation (source: https://t.co/qZDuOEGGnr) pic.twitter.com/JydsAmtB4l
Instead, they were created to demonstrate how the games might look, hence the inclusion of HP and TP in the original designs. The-fake-dexter has taken those original designs and reimagined them, adding color and showing what they might look like if they were created and added to Pokémon extensive 'Dex in the present day. As you can see, both creations would fit right in with the rest of the cast.
Gorillaimo:— Dr. Lava's Lost Pokemon (@DrLavaYT) November 25, 2019
Created by Ken Sugimori, Gorillaimo can be found in Pokemon's Pre-Gen 1 concept art. But he was probably just created to illustrate the game's mechanics -- not to become an actual Pokemon.
Pre-Gen 1 Concept Art • Fan Recreation (source: https://t.co/qZDuOEGGnr) pic.twitter.com/bcTKwkgIIK
Chances are Godzillante and Gorillaimo will never become an official part of the Pokédex, but it's fun to imagine what it would look like if they were. It's also pretty cool to learn more about the thought process behind what has become one of the most popular gaming franchises in the world over the course of the past two decades. How about Niantic adds the two pre-Pokémon to Pokémon GO during a special event? Just a thought.