I didn't even know there was room for discussion on this one!
I was simply under the impression that:
FRLG/Y occur at the same time as Emerald
- Proof is seen through the ability to trade without the time capsule, or events that cross both regions. Yellow is semi-canon in that Red's Championship team is clearly derived from Pokémon he received from others in Yellow (Lapras/Espeon both fit this bill), but that's the only element that seems to serve as canon evidence.
HGSS/C occur at the same time as Platinum.
- Reasons aforementioned, particularly by Silktree.
On the subject of whether or not [Japanese] Blue or Yellow is the "true" third version I think Blue is really the special edition one (despite what the advertising might say), since JB was really just a slight debugged, suped up japanese RG game, which is really what the non-japanese Red & Blue versions were too (and you don't hear people calling those the fourth installment of Gen I, do you). Yellow was the one that had all the hallmarks of a proper third version and should be seen as such.
I actually hold the view that the third version is more canon than the preceding one but on the same level of canon as any remakes, with different protagonists acting as the hero/ine for each one. For instance, below are the following games I consider most canon and their corresponding hero/ines:
Yellow = Red
Crystal = Crys
Emerald = May
FrLg = Leaf
Platinum = Dawn
HGSS = Ethan/Lyra
BW = Blair/Rhitlea
I consider the remakes to take place only a few months after the originals.
i agree, third games are canon, not only because of a better story, but because the references we have to them
Anyway, I do have to go with the 3rd version being canon, Yellow, Crystal, Emerald, Platinum, and Gray/Grey/Gen V 3rd Version. Though I do think some aspects of Heart Gold, but not Soul Silver, make it sort of cross canon with Crystal.
don't think the GS Ball contained Celebi, but we know that the GS Ball made Ilex Forest restless (for some unknown reason), which is why Celebi appeared there. The HGSS event has no discernible point of origin to speak of: Where did that Celebi come from? A movie download is obviously not a sufficient answer when discussing the story. Of course, one could argue that the GS Ball appeared out of the blue in Crystal, but that's not accurate. It was given to the player for having obtained all 16 badges, and like any event item it was conceivable that it had been kept for a special person.
But I'd say it's the events in Ecruteak that lend more credibility to Crystal than to HGSS. It is far more believable that Suicune would be encountered before Ho-Oh, and that the legendary beasts (as opposed to the Kimono Girls) would be the ones to test the player's worthiness. Ho-Oh's connection to the beasts is barely referenced in HGSS... Are we really to believe that this detail has been retconned? It seems far more feasible that Game Freak simply needed to make Ho-Oh and Lugia symmetrical for promotional reasons, and since they never had any interest in the idea that Lugia was the master of the legendary birds, they opted to make the remakes' plot shallower in this particular regard.
Don't get me wrong: I do consider the Giovanni and Sinjoh Ruins events to be canon, as well as any other elements added in HGSS. But Crystal's take on of the story of Ecruteak is undeniably richer than that of HeartGold, let alone SoulSilver.
I still struggle to get where fans get this opinion that Kanto and Hoenn happen at the same time and that Johto and Sinnoh happen 3 years later. There is very little evidence to support this view but it seems that it has been widely accepted. It seems that we have a case of what I like to call opiniondomino. Meaning? When a large amount of people share the same opinion, it suddenly becomes fact. Sort of like back in the day when every thought the world was flat and if you said otherwise you were called crazy lmao
1. Since they don't mention any role at all for the other mascot, instead of assigning it a totally different one (thus effectively making them contradictory), it could be argued that both Ho-oh and Lugia were the restorers of such relatonship, so either one could achieve the role in the game, just that in HG's scenario the Kimono girls first thought about Ho-oh and in SS Lugia was on their minds.
2. In Black and White (or at least in Black, the version I owned) it is said that the Pokémon 'verse is actually a multiverse and that version differences (i.e. Opelucid being rural and traditional-looking in White, but futuristic and technologically developed in Black) are caused due to differences in such universe's continuities. Going by this, both HG and SS's stories happened, and in HG's continuity Ho-oh was the one who restored the relationship between humans and Pokémon, whereas in SS it was Lugia who did this.
...Which in turn would make ALL the versions (or at least all paired versions) canon, and this thread's topic would change form "which version is canon?" to "which continuity is the main one?"
Considering that Ho-oh did come back to Ecruteak but Lugia stayed in the Whirl Islands, it's still logical to assume that indeed Ecruteak has a stronger bond to Ho-oh than to Lugia, it's just that this time is not so obvioulsy stated. This way Crystal's removal doesn't hurt Johto's myths and the series story.Quote:
Originally Posted by Silktree
How so? The Kimono Girls live in Ecruteak and are implied to be somehow the guardians of the city and a long running clan, so they could well have been present (albeit not the current Girls) when Ho-oh did its legendary tasks and they formed a bond with it back then.Quote:
Originally Posted by Silktree
Plus, as you already said, in HG it is said that Ho-oh was the one who restored the relationship between Pokémon and humans. Taking this into account, there MUST be at least one human bonded with Ho-oh, if you want to reflect this in the game, it is better to be a human (albeit a special human) than other Pokémon the catalyst for making Ho-oh come back. This way. being the Kimono Girls and not the beasts the ones who summoned it, not only makes sense, but actually makes more sense. Consider that the beasts, while related to Ho-oh, have nothing to do with the Pokémon-humans relationship (actually, it is the other way round, seeing that they're always running away from people). Long-short story: if it were by the beasts's influence, Ho-oh would not appear to people, but rather run away from them.
After all, the franchise's focus is the relationship between humans and Pokémon, not between Pokémon and Pokémon.
These events alone, by linking HGSS with Platinum, automatically make them the canon games, overwriting -for the good or the bad- GS and Crystal, whether we like it or not.Quote:
The other HGSS plot additions (the Sinjoh Ruins and Ilex Forest events) are perfectly compatible with Crystal. In fact, the GS Ball would serve to explain how Celebi arrived in Ilex Forest, which the HGSS event does not do.
Anyways, my personal belief is that the canon version is the latest to come out, which means the third version for nonremade games, and remakes of the early ones, thus:
The 1st Gen games were outconed by FRLG because of gameplay additions being more consistent with the cirrent mechanics than the original ones. And in future games (both GSC and HGSS) Red's Pikachu is inside its ball, which means its not Yellow Version's Pikachu (which makes me think that even before the remakes, Yellow was never canon). Plus, since FRLG don't add to the main story, it doesn't bring continuity problems that future remakes and third versions bring, and thus, this is a safe one.
Gen II was outconed because, with FRLG being canon, it brought issues to GSC's story in which the Gen II Pokémon as well as Pokémon eggs were supposedly newly discovered whereas in FRLG both features are present despite taing place 3 years before their alleged discovery. And since these issues were fixed by HGSS by introducing a regional Dex (thus removing the "new Pokémon" issue) and Elm saying that eggs have been sighted for al long time. Furthermore, the Arceusand Cynthia event Cynthia make it clear that they share continuity with Pltinum and the Gen IV story.
On Gen III, there is no actual proof of which is the true story other than logic and convenience.
Finally, for Gen IV, although personally I'd wish that DP were the canon story (because of the game's opening making them an indirect sequel to GSC/HGSS instead of a mere new, independent installment like most games in the series), it is obvious that Platinum is the canon one because that is explicitly said in Black and White (and by extension, it confirms that HGSS overwrote GSC).
I think the games go in the order they came out in. Like this:
RGBY -> GSC -> RS -> FRLG -> E -> DP -> Pt -> HGSS -> BW
I consider remakes to be part of the timeline too, lining up like so. That's how it works in my story, anyway, a bit like PokeSupe, where each game that comes out gets its own arc. D| Not that it matters to me what the official timeline is, as I'll just follow my own like I always do.
Saying that FRLG happened "at a different time than RGBY" is like saying "my entire life happened after my own life" or "I lived twice" because you're practically saying that RGBY happened, then happened again in FRLG (which means that Red and Red are different characters, Cinnabar island rebuilt itself and was destroyed again, Lavander Tower was turned into a radio tower, then a cemetery again and finally a radio tower again, and so on). Which obviously, is nonsense. It's like making a new Titanic movie and say that it means the Titanic was rebuilt, then hit an iceberg again and sank again.
Yes, remakes are part of the timeline, overwriting their original namesakes and not being sequels of them.
I've always believed that the third versions were the canon ones. As people have said, platinum is referenced in Black and White so that adds some credence to the idea.