The early Pokémon pitch was first drafted and presented to Nintendo with the name Capsule Monsters, along with an illustrated booklet by the same name consisting of roughly a hundred pages – yet to be revealed in its entirety – detailing the early plans and art for the first Pokémon games. Dated 1990 (both on the cover and on the Kanto layout map) and illustrated by Ken Sugimori, this document is, however, most likely a collection of concepts that Satoshi Tajiri and Ken Sugimori had been developing for quite some time, as some inconsistencies in the contents might prove (namely plans and designs coexisting at visibly different degrees of development). You can also read this informative dossier with translations by GlitterBerri and our comment. This is a collection of the pages that have been already revealed, and they have been re-scanned and enhanced from the sources available. Check out our Lost Pokémon dossier for more info about the proto-Pokémon.
SOURCES, NOTES AND MEDIA
- GameInformer Pokémon dossier and video interviews with Ohmori and Masuda.
- Iwata Asks, with Morimoto and Ishihara.
- Nintendo.co.jp interview with the creators (JP) and Glitterberri’s translation.
- The 2004 Game Center CX interview with Satoshi Tajiri is available in the Game Center CX DVD Box 3 on Amazon , you can read an overview on the episode on Crunck games GCCX episode guide S1 Pokémon special .
- 1999, TIME interview with Satoshi Tajiri.
- ゲームフリーク ―遊びの世界標準を塗り替えるクリエイティブ集団, by Akihito Tomisawa
- Shogakukan, Manga Special about the life of Tajiri Satoshi.
- Game design by Satoshi Tajiri
- Game On 2.0 Exhibition
- The Cutting Room floor pages about Pokémon Red and Blue (1) (2)
- Glitterberri’s dossiers about Capsule Monsters and the genesis of the Pokémon games.