Pokémon Gold & Silver 1997 Space World Demo (Lost 1997 Demo)
|Starting screen for Gold demo|
Pokemon is one of the biggest videogame franchises in the world, and one of the best titles among fans are the Gold & Silver games, released in 1999.
However, there was a lot of changes during the development of Gold & Silver, and the original year of release was going to be 1997, but in order to make an amazing Pokemon game, the developers had to delay it and make sure that every effort put into the game made it memorable, and that's what it eventually became.
During 1997, before the delay was announced, a videogame convention called "Space World" was held in Japan, and during that convention a playable demo of Pokemon Gold & Silver was showcased to the audience. What makes this demo so interesting is the big amount of differences and aspects that weren't included in the final game, such as:
- Different title screen
- The starting town named "Silent Hills" instead of New Bark Town
- The sprites from the first generation (Red & Blue) games
- A forest (assumably Ilex Forest) next to Silent Hills
- Wild Slowking in the grass (Giving the possibility that a King's Rock wasn't needed at first to get a Slowking)
- Different Starting Pokemon (Honoguma - Fire, Kurusu - Water, Happa - Grass. Happa is a prototype version of Chikorita, but Honoguma and Kurusu doesn't resemble at all to Cyndaquil and Totodile, possibly meaning that the latter weren't created or even planned for the game during that point in development)
- Different designs for Marill and Girafarig
The demo in itself lasted for 10 minutes, then got cut to 5 minutes a long wait line. You could walk around Silent Hills, which consisted of your house, a Pokemon Lab and even a Pokemon Center, but you couldn't enter to the lab or the Pokemon Center, some NPC's (Non Playable Character) would stop you from entering. Your starter Pokemon was chosen randomly and it was Level 8, you could find some wild Pokemon and even fight a couple of Trainers on the forest that was next to Silent Hills, then you would find your rival and upon speaking to him the demo would end.
Some images and a 15 silent second video of this demo were released online, but the rest of the demo remain lost, including in-game sprites of the original starters and wild Pokemon original designs, although some concept art of the starting Pokemon is found online, their in-game sprites remain a mystery; as well as how Silent Hills looked in it's entirety (only one image has surfaced online). The only possible chance of the demo ever being leaked online or shown in a more detailed way is if Nintendo, Game Freak, or anyone who owns a copy of the demo ever decides to show it to the public, until then, it's lost.