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Ever noticed those inconsistencies between the original first two games of the second gen and the third gen? Yes, I mean “Crystal”.
Why did they call it Crystal? They should have called it “Platinum” instead, it’s a metal like Gold and Silver after all. Also Suicune is the cover Pokemon. Suicune? What the hell, why not a Pokemon that actually fits here?
Well, that’s what they originally planned. The third game was to be called “Platinum”, it wouldn’t have focused on Suicune but instead would have created a link to the third gen where you would have continued your journey from the second gen. Remember how that Team Rocket guy in Cerulean City told you he would reform Team Rocket in another country, how the original two games never solved the whole Giovanni and Silver plotlines and especially how you get no reward for beating Red? It’s all because they planned to release a sequel. Pokemon Platinum. They only got as far as a quite glitchy beta though. A friend of mine happened to own one of those games, but sadly died recently. Since both of us loved to play Pokemon in our childhood, I wanted to honor the good old times one last time and started the game.
The edition layout of this game is completely different than usual. Remember “Pokemon Pinball”, that game with a rumble pack on top? It’s quite like that, just that you additionally can stack up a game on the game. Yes, that’s right: you were supposed to stack your Gold/Silver game on Platinum and then it would have created your character with all his Pokemon and shit. If you did not own Gold or Silver though you still could play the game as if it were one of those two games, but with some drawbacks like less Pokemon to catch and such.
So I stacked my year-old Silver game onto it and booted the gameboy. It started quite usual with a nice opening screen, showed me some Pokemon, the three starters and even their last evolutions. The graphics also looked quite good. Then Ho-Oh and Lugia showed up and the three dogs. It was quite obvious that Lugia symbolized the ocean while Ho-Oh symbolized the air. The threee dogs were actually symbolizing the ground itself. But then somethign weird happened.
The “camera”, if you can call it, went down, it went “underground”. For some time my screen went black, then suddenly two eyes opened. Those were not the eyes of a Pokemon I knew. They were huge and black but the pupils which had some kind of purple-white design. Also it looked damn good for a gameboy color game, almost like a photograph. You also could hear a pokemon scream. It was a scream I’ve never heard before. That did not scare me though, oh no: it thrilled me to play this game. After all, there would be an unseen Pokemon in it!
So after the opening sequence I got a new screen asking me if I want to import my game and continue and that’s what I did. Next up was a short explanation of the story: you are the new pokemon master and defeated red and basically everyone opposing you. But in a new country, Team Rocket rebuilt their organisation and now it’s up to you to free that country from them. It’s unknown who is their new leader at this point.
After you got told all that stuff, you get to pick one of the original starters as an addition for your team. After you’re done with that and about to leave, Oak tells you to be careful snce you “have no idea what you’re up against”. Yeah, a typical video game warning, you would think. But this time one should take it quite seriously.
Since I could reuse all my old Pokemon and revisit all of Johto and Kanto, I created a fucking awesome team full of level 100 Pokemon, consisting of Feraligatr, my original starter in Silver, Charizard, Venusaur, Mewtwo, Gengar and Pidgeot. Next I was supposed to use the MS Anne that would bring me to that new country.
That place looked completely different from Kanto and Johto. Instead of green fields, colorful towns and happy music, there was grey everywhere and no music at all. The town was full of fuck. It was like one of those huge metropoles, but without streets and people, everything was just emptry and grey and huge houses everywhere, but none of them had doors. At first I thought the game glitched up or something, but upon checking the Pokemon Center of that town, the only building you could enter, an event triggered.
An “old man” entered the place. He did not look like an old man though, it was not that usual “old bald man” sprite but instead a really weird sprite that you could barely make out as a human being, it was more like a stickman. Still I thought he was supposed to be an old man because all of his dialouge had “OJISAN:”, which basically means “Old man” in Japanese, in front of it. So once again I just thought “well, this probably is just due to the game being beta”. Then he started to talk, but he just had glitchy dialouge (you know, that kind of glitchy you get after seeing Missingno). After like 15 text boxes full of glitches, he finally brought out a readable sentence:
“please stop I HAVE TO DO THIS please stop”
Then suddenly a battle started. The old guy had a Team Rocket battle sprite and once again was named “OJISAN”. He had 6 Pokemon, just like I did. Fuck yeah, full battles all the time! His first Pokemon was Blastoise, mine was Pidgeot. His Blastoise was level 80, but my Pigeot was level 100, so what should go wrong? So I attacked using Wing Attack. His Blastoise barely survived and used Explosion next. Yes, a Blastoise used explosion, it was weird but there was nothing I could to about it now. My Pidgeot did not make it and fainted, but so did his Blastoise. But something was different now. Instead of “Pidgeot fainted!”, I got “Pidgeot died!”. Also Pidgeot was gone from my team. This game was actually the goddamn grandfather of the Nuzlocke Run, holy shit.
Slightly panicking, I sent out Mewtwo. His next five Pokemon all were different types and seemed like a usual Pokemon team one would use to beat Red in Silver. Well, Psychic still fucked them for good. After defeating him, his sprite turned into some glitchy thing and just disappeared. I got some more backstory and the nurse told me that the Rocket headquarters are north of this “town” in some underground area and that’s where I have to fight them. I checked again if my Pidgeot was back, but it wasn’t so I had to replace it with my Skarmory for now. I headed north.
There was only one route between me and the entrance to that underground area and it was full of glitches, but it actually did have “music”, if you can call high-pitched glitchy random tones anything like that. When entering the grass to fight some pokemon it either was a Raticate named “INNOCENCE” or some glitchy fuckfest similar to Missingno. but just stupid with other sprite parts in them (sometimes even those old ghost pokemon things you originally met in Lavender Town in Red&Blue). Also they always were level 0, however this can be possible. Sometimes you heard a weird pokemon scream, similar to the one in the beginning of the game.
So I finally found the underground base and it was just a cave. A really tiny cave, you could do nothing but go forward. Initially there was no music at all. So I progressed and suddenly there was a wild pokemon, just like the ones on that route before but this time it was level 1. Still managed to flee from them. I kept encountering those things and the more I went inside the cave the stronger they got, basically one level at a time. Also everytime I met a pokemon the cave seemed to chsnge a bit, after like 50 ones it looked like there was some liquid around me but it still was all dark.
Finally after like half an hour of glitchy shit I arrived in a new room and there he was: Giovanni himself. The room was not unlike the ones in Heartgold and Soulsilver when you use that event, but a lot more creepy. His only dialouge was:
Then a battle started. Giovanni had a typical Giovanni team from the previous games, but a LOT stronger in terms of levels, they all were at 100. I still managed to defeat him (again, all of his Pokemon “died”). After the battle he said nothing but simply disappeared and I could enter a new entrance behind him, and of course I entered.
No map loaded, nothing happened but a new battle. It was the Pokemon from the beginning, I could distingush it from its scream. The whole battle screen stayed black though and the only thing you could see was the eyes of that thing. Its name also was glitched, it was called “X - EO” with lots of glitchy shit everywhere. My first Pokemon was Mewtwo, once again. Of course I wanted to catch that thing, so I used Psychic. It did have no effect, so obviously that thing has Dark as its typing. His attack was something like the stuff Giygas does in the Earthbound games, but without text, the screen just flashed for a second and Mewtwo lost like half of his hit points. So next I tried to use Swift, but it didn’t work either: its typing was Dark/Ghost. Its attack killed my Mewtwo.
That’s the last thing I remember from that battle. Next thing I remember is that my Gameboy turned off because it ran out of batteries. When trying to turn it back on, even after I switched out batteries, it failed. Trying to start Silver or Platinium only failed either. Both games seemed to be broken for some reason and of course I wanted to know why which is why I tried to find out where my friend got that game from and what the fuck is up with it. After some research I finally learned the truth about it. The new Pokemon is actually supposed to be the lord of the realm of death (Lugia controls water, Ho-Oh air, the dogs control the earth, the birds control the weather and the new thing controls the realm of the dead). They never continued developing the game because no one was able to defeat him and everyone who failed disappeared mysteriously or died shortly afterwards. Also they were unable to stop the game or make someone who plays it stop it, kinda like those guys are bond to the game or as if their defeat actually takes more from them but their ingame money. I was lucky the pokemon “ran out of power” so I still made it.
Kinda disappointed and mourning about my friend who seemingly also played the game and died afterwards only due to it, I wanted to see if his other games still worked. So I took his Gold edition, put it in my gameboy and upon the selection screen I broke down, started to cry for hours and realized what I’ve just done.
His character was named “OJISAN”.
Submitted by TheLolotov