Did you know, that originally, Pokémon Heartgold and Soulsilver versions were originally going to feature both Red and Leaf, the protagonists in Firered and Leafgreen? I was abled to get ahold of a beta version of Pokémon Heartgold at a convention in London a few days before the actual games came out. When I got home, I popped it into my DS and I was ready to experience the beta version of the new Pokémon games.
Having played through the game, beating the Pokémon League in Johto and then collecting the 8 badges in Kanto, everything was fairly normal except for the odd glitch here and there. Odd things began happening when I was battling Red. When I interacted with Red, instead of the usual ‘’...’’, he actually had something to say, he said, ‘’ I am supposed to be the star, the hero. However, THEY want me to share the spotlight with someone else now. Why? I am the original, I am supposed to be the only one! I have put up with more pain than anyone has! I let them demote me to ‘’final boss’’, finally, I let them cut me out entirely! I am NOT sharing the spotlight with anyone else though, there will be no one else after me! After all, isn’t that how it is supposed to be? I am supposed to be the final boss, the most powerful trainer, ‘’. After that, the screen blacked out and a slowed, high-pitch version of the Lavender Town theme began playing. Mixed up in the theme, I could hear demented screams and screams of terrifyed children. Then, after five minutes, the screen lit back up, and what I saw startled me..
Instead of the regular player character, it was Leaf from FR/LG facing Red! That’s not all, but Red’s eyes were now red, and the music changed from Lavender’s eerie theme to demonic screams and laughter. My heart was pounding out of my chest at this moment, beads of sweat trickled down my temples, and I couldn’t move, my lips sealed tightly. The game began moving along with the scene by itself. Red said, ‘’ You, girl! They want you to be the final boss now, with me demoted yet again to mere preperation for the ‘’ultimate battle’’? That’s NOT going to happen! ‘’. After Red said this, my stomach became upset, and real, cold blood began pouring down the screen of my DS. I could not move, I was sit there, paralyzed. You could hear the scream of a woman, a very shrill, cold scream, then there was silence. Behind the lines of blood on my screen, the snow on Mt.Silver turned red, and a battle initiated. After that, I was able to move again. I took a napkin and wiped the blood, and then got on with the game. It was Leaf against Red, but I did not have control over what was happening.
It was a 6V6 battle, Red sending out a Mewtwo
and Leaf using Red’s team from HG/SS. Mewtwo
‘’killed’’, not ‘’fainted’’ but ‘’killed’’, all of Leaf’s Pokémon, and then Red recalled the Mewtwo. The two trainers then appeared on screen. Red said, ‘’ It is time! You will not ruin my show any more! This is for everything! ‘’, and then it said, ‘’ Red used Murder! ‘’, and then an animation of a knife appeared, and the knife repeatedly stabbed at Leaf until only blood and body parts remained. The screen then turned completely red, and in white, these words appeared, ‘’ I am the only one! I will not be replaced anymore! ‘’, then, even though I had just charged my DS a half an hour ago, the red light appeared and it shut off. I put it to charge and attempted to start back the beta, but the beta failed to work...
On the launch of HG/SS, I read on Bulbapedia that originally you were facing Red at Mt.Silver, and then a special event would be unlocked where you play the final boss, Leaf. However, the team that worked on HG/SS revealed that when they tried to program that event into the game, and, heck, when they tried to program Leaf herself into the game, it did not work and these words appeared on their computer screen, ‘’ Nice try...I am the only one! I will not be replaced anymore! ‘’....