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Changed Designs

Censorship

In Gold and Silver, several trainer images were changed during translation.

In the original, Beauties winked provocatively and wore short skirts. In non‐Japanese releases, their skirts were lengthened, and the provocative wink was edited out.

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In the original, female Swimmers also winked. The wink was edited out in non‐Japanese releases.

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In the original, Fishers smoked. The cigarette was edited out in non‐Japanese releases.

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In the original, Sages had their hands in a praying position. Their hands were simply folded in non‐Japanese releases.

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In the original, Mediums held a string of beads. This was removed from non‐Japanese releases.

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One Pokémon was also censored: Jynx’s design is obviously based on blackface, so Nintendo sensitively changed Jynx’s skin color to purple. Due to technical limitations, this forced its hair color to white instead of yellow—the game has a hard‐coded limit of four colors per Pokémon. Jynx’s Silver sprite was slightly redrawn, with less hair, less fabric, and different positioning of hand, elbow, eyes, and mouth.

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Redrawn Pokémon

Jynx appears to have been the only Pokémon censored, but several other designs changed between the Japan and US releases:

Slowpoke’s belly originally matched Slowbro’s and Slowking’s; in the English versions it was changed to a solid color, and its body was made slightly smaller.

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A seam on Pinsir’s back was changed from vertical to horizontal.

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A white portion of Feraligatr’s underbelly was changed to blue.

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A yellow spot behind Lanturn’s eye was removed.

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The fur patterns on Pichu’s neck and ears were changed. The Silver sprite was made less chubby.

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Flaaffy was given a thicker coat of wool.

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The spots on Politoed’s back were removed.

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Aipom was given a patch of skin on his belly.

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The pattern on Sunkern’s back was changed.

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A fin running along Wooper’s back was removed.

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The spots on Girafarig’s neck were moved to the side of its mane.

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A spot on Quilfish’s tail was removed.

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Sneasel’s ear was made to look more solid. Its eye was changed, perhaps to look less threatening. The white patch on its forehead was rounded. It was given an extra white patch on its chest.

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Teddiursa was given white patches on its feet.

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The bubbles of lava on Slugma’s back were removed.

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Donphan’s trunk was made a solid color, its mouth was opened, and its feet were repositioned.

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White spots were added to Stantler’s body.

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Blissey’s wing was extended over its arm.

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Pupitar’s body was elongated.

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Written 2010‒11‒20

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