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Capsule Monsters (Japanese: カプセルモンスター) 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 name "Capsule Monsters" is inspired by Japanese gashapon machines. 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 YuGiOh manga and anime series, though with different creatures and concepts.
- Early Lapras sketch.jpg
Red surfing on Lapras.
An early Poké Ball.
Red and an early Rhydon.
A Poké Mart concept.
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