Video games tend to present many changes from the time they were originally conceived until they are finally released to the market, that is something that we have more than clear those who have followed some titles since they were first presented. However, it should also be noted that some games also suffer modifications when located for another market, and now we have known that Nintendo of America made a proposal to Game Freak to modify the design of Pikachu, since they believed that this Pokemon he was too cute.
This would have been the Pokémon Pikachu if Game Freak had followed the proposal of Nintendo of America
Is it through the YouTube channel of Did You Know Gaming? that we have been able to know how the proposal that Nintendo of America made to Game Freak to modify the design of Pikachu would have been. According to Tsunekazu Ishihara, CEO of The Pokémon Company:
At the time, it was strongly believed that American children would not want to play games with a lot of text, so we thought Pokémon had only a 10% chance of succeeding outside of Japan. […] When we showed some Pokémon in the US, they told us they were « too cute. » […] The America team submitted proposals to replace designs, but we just couldn’t believe the kind of ideas they were proposing to us. They turned Pikachu into something like a tiger with a big chest. He looked like a character from the musical Cats. When I asked, « How is this supposed to be Pikachu? » They said, « Well, look, here is his tail. » … Seriously, that was the kind of idea they were proposing to us.
Therefore, in these words of Ishihara it is more than clear that at no time did they like the American proposals for Pokémon, and thankfully it was so, since from other franchises we know that, when it reaches out to the US, a product, the product can be very different from the original (we look at you, Digimon).