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'''Capsule Monsters''' (Japanese: '''カプセルモンスター''' ''Capsule Monsters'') was [[Satoshi Tajiri]]'s early design concept of [[Pokémon]], first proposed to [[Nintendo]] as early as 1990. According to the book ''[[Pikachu's Global Adventure]]'', this early concept traces all the way back to Tajiri's childhood years, during which he had enjoyed bug collecting.
 
'''Capsule Monsters''' (Japanese: '''カプセルモンスター''' ''Capsule Monsters'') was [[Satoshi Tajiri]]'s early design concept of [[Pokémon]], first proposed to [[Nintendo]] as early as 1990. According to the book ''[[Pikachu's Global Adventure]]'', this early concept traces all the way back to Tajiri's childhood years, during which he had enjoyed bug collecting.
 
The gameplay of Capsule Monsters wasn't about catching monsters like today's Pokémon mechanics. Instead, the player had to save up money from battling other Trainer's monsters with a starter obtained in the beginning of the game. When the player had saved enough money, he or she would go to the Mart to buy a new CapuMon, possibly give it a name, and use it to help earn more money. Just like children trade gashapon capsules, the player would trade CapuMon capsules to obtain rare or expensive CapuMon.
 
   
 
Various Pokémon are known or believed to have originated from this early concept work, such as the well known battling foes {{p|Nidorino}} and {{p|Gengar}}. A few others include {{p|Lapras}}, {{p|Rhydon}}, and {{p|Slowbro}}, though many of the concept sketches included generic looking creatures such as simple dragon and apelike figures that may have eventually been developed into many of the existing Pokémon.
 
Various Pokémon are known or believed to have originated from this early concept work, such as the well known battling foes {{p|Nidorino}} and {{p|Gengar}}. A few others include {{p|Lapras}}, {{p|Rhydon}}, and {{p|Slowbro}}, though many of the concept sketches included generic looking creatures such as simple dragon and apelike figures that may have eventually been developed into many of the existing Pokémon.

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Capsule Monsters (Japanese: カプセルモンスター Capsule Monsters) was Satoshi Tajiri's early design concept of Pokémon, first proposed to Nintendo as early as 1990. According to the book Pikachu's Global Adventure, this early concept traces all the way back to Tajiri's childhood years, during which he had enjoyed bug collecting.

Various Pokémon are known or believed to have originated from this early concept work, such as the well known battling foes Nidorino and Gengar. A few others include Lapras, Rhydon, and Slowbro, though many of the concept sketches included generic looking creatures such as simple dragon and apelike figures that may have eventually been developed into many of the existing Pokémon.

The name "Capsule Monsters" is inspired by Japanese gashapon machines.[1] Apparently, Tajiri had trouble trademarking the name "Capsule Monsters" so he changed it first to "CapuMon" and then later "Pocket Monsters".

A game of the same name also appeared in the Yu-Gi-Oh manga and anime series, though with different creatures and concepts.

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References

  1. Pokémon 10th Anniversary Commemoration Column (Japanese)

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