James Turner, an employee at Game Freak, gave us a sneak peek at a new manga highlighting Pokemon creator Satoshi Tajiri and the early beginnings of the company. Turner shared a page from the book that showcases the original 151’s early designs, along with a few unfamiliar faces.
The image shows Pokemon like Lickitung and Diglett, along with monsters that never made their debut. Traces of these Pokemon—simply named Deer, Shark, Cactus, and Kurokki (or Crocky)—still remain in Red, Blue, and Green as MissingNo., a place holder of sorts for these Pokemon that never made it into the final games.
It’s a rare glimpse into the early days of Pokemon, as actual design details surrounding the making of early Pokemon games are actually quite rare. What do you think of these newly unearthed designs?