In the late 1990’s, shortly after the original Red, Blue, and Green Pokémon games, the development of the original Gold and Silver Pokémon games was in full swing. These new games, with Pokémon being intensely popular at the time, were hounded after by thousands of salivating fans and journalists alike simply begging for details regarding the new game titles.
One such piece of information given to the masses was a rumor concerning a skateboard; the protagonist’s speculated new form of transportation. Soon this particular rumor became more than just speculation, but actual fact as stated on Nintendo’s original Pokémon 2 Page.
“A new mode of transportation debuts in the form of the Skateboard! In Pokémon Red, Green, and Blue, the protagonist used a Bicycle as a handy mode of transportation on his Pokémon-catching adventure. In addition to the Bicycle that appeared in Red, Green, and blue, Pokémon 2 will feature a Skateboard as a new mode of transportation. Riding it may even allow players to reach unexpected locations in the world of Pokémon 2.”
Now, you may be asking yourself: “But where is this skateboard? How come I have never heard of it before?” Two very valid questions, the truth is, the skateboard concept was scrapped during development. This does not necessarily mean that the concept has disappeared entirely from the games, ボスポケモン応援隊 (The Scrapped Pokémon Support Group), claim that traces of the feature can still be found in existing games. For even more details regarding the long-lost skateboard check out Glitterberri‘s translated version of the Scrapped Pokémon Support Group’s article!
All of this sounds very interesting, what do you think? Should we have had the skateboard, or was the bicycle good enough? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!