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Like previous major releases, especially those that set a new [[generation]], {{game|Black and White|s}} went through multiple test stages, many of which included several elements that were eventually dropped or revised before the games' release. Some of these components can still be found within the programming.
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Like previous major releases, especially those that set a new [[generation]], {{game|Black and White|s}} went through multiple development stages, many of which included several elements that were eventually dropped or revised before the games' release. Some of these components can still be found within their programming code.
   
 
==Pre-release==
 
==Pre-release==
Many aspects of {{game|Black and White|s}} were shown in screenshots or videos prior to the release. Some of these were not present in the final game in the form(s) shown in the media.
 
 
===Starter selection screen===
 
===Starter selection screen===
The starter selection sprite of {{p|Tepig}} was different in some early videos. The beta sprite had a more triangular hind foot, with only one of which shown, and had slightly different shading. Also, while selecting the starter, the other two starters were less darkened than in the final release.
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[[File:Beta Tepig sprite.png|right|thumb|The prototype {{pkmn2|starter}} selection screen.]]
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The sprite on the {{pkmn2|starter}} selection screen for {{p|Tepig}} was different in some early videos. The prototype sprite had a more triangular hind foot, with only one of which shown, and had slightly different shading. Also, while selecting the starter, the other two starters were less darkened when compared to the final release.
{| align="left" style="{{roundy|20px}} border: 2px solid #{{black color dark}}; background: #{{black color}};"
 
|- align=center
 
|style="{{roundy|20px}} border: 2px solid #{{white color dark}}; background: #{{white color light}}; width:80px"|
 
[[File:Beta Tepig sprite.png‎|200px]]
 
|- align=center style="font-size: 80%;"
 
| <span style="color:#FFFFFF;">The beta starter selection screen</span>
 
|}
 
 
{{-}}
 
{{-}}
 
===Sprites===
 
===Sprites===
Beta sprites for {{ga|Hilbert}} and [[Cheren]] were shown in an early video shown on [[Pokémon Sunday]]. Although the difference for Cheren's sprite is only where his eyes face, Hilbert's sprite received a complete overhaul. A beta sprite for [[Bianca]], lacking her [[Xtransceiver]], was shown in the early video footage that came with an issue of ''Dengeki Nintendo DS''.
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Prototype sprites for {{ga|Hilbert}} and [[Cheren]] were shown in an early video which was broadcasted on ''[[Pokémon Sunday]]''. Although the difference for Cheren's sprite is only where his eyes face, Hilbert's sprite received a complete overhaul. A prototype sprite for [[Bianca]], lacking her [[Xtransceiver]], was shown in the early video footage that came with an issue of ''Dengeki Nintendo DS''.
   
 
In {{p|Excadrill}}'s first appearance in a promotional video, its stripes were mirrored. However, this was not long-lived, as it was changed to its current appearance in the next video.
 
In {{p|Excadrill}}'s first appearance in a promotional video, its stripes were mirrored. However, this was not long-lived, as it was changed to its current appearance in the next video.
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[[File:BW Prerelease double battle.png|200px]]
 
[[File:BW Prerelease double battle.png|200px]]
 
|- align=center style="font-size: 80%;"
 
|- align=center style="font-size: 80%;"
| <span style="color:#FFFFFF;">Hilbert's early VS sprite</span>
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| {{color|fff|Hilbert's prototype VS sprite}}
| <span style="color:#FFFFFF;">Cheren's initial VS sprite</span>
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| {{color|fff|Cheren's prototype VS sprite}}
| <span style="color:#FFFFFF;">Bianca's beta VS sprite</span>
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| {{color|fff|Bianca's prototype<br>VS sprite}}
| <span style="color:#FFFFFF;">Prototype front sprite of Excadrill</span>
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| {{color|fff|Excadrill's prototype front sprite}}
 
|}
 
|}
 
{{-}}
 
{{-}}
 
 
===Music===
 
===Music===
In some early footage of the Desert Route, the music of [[Pinwheel Forest]] can be heard playing instead of the regular [[Route 4]] music.
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In some early footage of {{rt|4|Unova}}, {{tt|夢の跡地|ゆめのあとち}} ''[[Pokémon Black & White Super Music Collection|Dreamyard]]'' can be heard playing instead of the correspondent seasonal variant of {{tt|4番道路|4ばんどうろ}} ''[[Pokémon Black & White Super Music Collection|Route 4]]''.
   
===Region Name===
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===Region name===
Some UK retailers (specifically Game and GameStation) had pre-release boxes using the name '''Alleos''' for the region as opposed to its actual name, Unova. This name was also used at UK pre and post-release demo events.
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Some {{wp|Retail|retailers}} in the {{wp|United Kingdom}} (specifically {{wp|Game (retailer)|GAME}} and {{wp|Gamestation}}) had pre-release box art using the name '''Alleos''' for the region as opposed to its final English name, [[Unova]]. This name was also used at pre-release and post-release demo events in the United Kingdom.
   
==Locations==
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===Locations===
A few prototype maps were shown in pre-release screenshots.
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====Castelia City====
===Castelia City===
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There were many changes to [[Castelia City]], where at least four different textures were shown before the final design. A few of these designs can be seen below.
There were many changes to [[Castelia City]], where at least four different tilesets were shown before the final design. A few of these designs can be seen below.
 
   
 
{| align="center" style="{{roundy|20px}} border: 2px solid #{{black color dark}}; background: #{{black color}};"
 
{| align="center" style="{{roundy|20px}} border: 2px solid #{{black color dark}}; background: #{{black color}};"
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[[File:BW Prerelease Castelia City 2.png|200px]]
 
[[File:BW Prerelease Castelia City 2.png|200px]]
 
|- align=center style="font-size: 80%;"
 
|- align=center style="font-size: 80%;"
| <span style="color:#FFFFFF;">Image released on April 15, 2010 (from CoroCoro leak, April 10)</span>
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| {{color|fff|Image released on April 15, 2010}}
| <span style="color:#FFFFFF;">Animated view presented by Pokémon Sunday on April 18, 2010</span>
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| {{color|fff|Animated view presented by ''Pokémon Sunday'' on April 18, 2010}}
| <span style="color:#FFFFFF;">Footage from June 27, 2010 trailer broadcasted on {{color2|FFF|Oha Suta}}</span>
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| {{color|fff|Footage from the June 27, 2010 trailer that was broadcasted on ''Oha Suta''}}
 
|- align=center
 
|- align=center
 
|style="{{roundy|20px}} border: 2px solid #{{white color dark}}; background: #{{white color light}}; width:80px"|
 
|style="{{roundy|20px}} border: 2px solid #{{white color dark}}; background: #{{white color light}}; width:80px"|
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[[File:BW Prerelease Castelia City 6.png|200px]]
 
[[File:BW Prerelease Castelia City 6.png|200px]]
 
|- align=center style="font-size: 80%;"
 
|- align=center style="font-size: 80%;"
| <span style="color:#FFFFFF;">Image from a Pokemon.co.jp video</span>
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| {{color|fff|Image from a Pokemon.co.jp video}}
| <span style="color:#FFFFFF;">Image released on May 14, 2010</span>
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| {{color|fff|Image released on May 14, 2010}}
| <span style="color:#FFFFFF;">Another image from a Pokemon.co.jp video</span>
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| {{color|fff|Another image from a Pokemon.co.jp video}}
 
|}
 
|}
 
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{{-}}
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[[File:BW Prerelease Bridge.png|200px]]
 
[[File:BW Prerelease Bridge.png|200px]]
 
|- align=center style="font-size: 80%;"
 
|- align=center style="font-size: 80%;"
| <span style="color:#FFFFFF;">Early image of Skyarrow Bridge</span>
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| {{color|fff|Early image of Skyarrow Bridge}}
| <span style="color:#FFFFFF;">Second early image of Skyarrow Bridge, showing a Backpacker instead of an Ace Trainer</span>
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| {{color|fff|Second early image of Skyarrow Bridge, showing a Backpacker instead of an<br>Ace Trainer}}
 
|}
 
|}
 
{{-}}
 
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===Pokémon Center===
 
===Pokémon Center===
When buying at a [[Pokémon Center]], the part of the screen where the player can be seen is shown to rotate a bit.
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[[File:BW Prerelease Poke Mart.png|right|thumb|The prototype [[Pokémon Center]] shopping item list screen.]]
{| align="left" style="{{roundy|20px}} border: 2px solid #{{black color dark}}; background: #{{black color}};"
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When buying items at a [[Pokémon Center]], the part of the screen where the {{player}} can be seen is shown to rotate a bit.
|- align=center
 
|style="{{roundy|20px}} border: 2px solid #{{white color dark}}; background: #{{white color light}}; width:80px"|
 
[[File:BW Prerelease Poke Mart.png‎|200px]]
 
|- align=center style="font-size: 80%;"
 
| <span style="color:#FFFFFF;">The beta Pokémon Center shop list screen</span>
 
|}
 
 
{{-}}
 
{{-}}
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==Post-release findings==
==Post-Release==
 
 
===Items===
 
===Items===
Since the games' engine is an upgraded version from that of the [[Generation IV]] games, all items from Generation IV (including [[Poké Ball]]s, [[key item]]s and unused items) are present in their programming, with the exception of [[HM07]] and [[HM08]], which are now blank space "?" items. However, most of these items are unobtainable. Other leftover items, like the [[List of key items in Generation V#God Stone|God Stone]], are specific to {{2v2|Black|White}} and can be likewise obtained through hacking methods.
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Since the games' engine is an upgraded version from that of the [[Generation IV]] games, all items from Generation IV, including [[Poké Ball]]s, [[key item]]s and {{DL|List of dummied out items|unused items}}, are present in their programming code, with the exception of [[HM07]] and [[HM08]], which are now blank space "?" items. However, most of these items are unobtainable. Other leftover items, like the {{DL|List of key items in Generation V|God Stone}}, are specific to {{game|Black and White|s}} and can be likewise obtained through modification of the saved game or cheating.
   
 
===P2 Laboratory===
 
===P2 Laboratory===
 
{{incomplete|section|More information needed}}
 
{{incomplete|section|More information needed}}
If the user uses cheating engines to walk through walls, goes in to the [[P2 Laboratory]] and keeps walking down, there will be some unused tables.
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If the {{player}} uses the "walk through walls" cheat, enters the [[P2 Laboratory]] and keeps walking down, there will be some leftover tables. ([https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA39fmu0Cc4 link])
{{youtubevid|TA39fmu0Cc4|JuiicyJake|black|white}}
 
   
{{beta|black|white}}<br>
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{{beta|black|white}}<br>{{Project Games notice}}
{{Project Games notice}}
 
   
 
[[Category:Pokémon meta]]
 
[[Category:Pokémon meta]]

Revision as of 14:57, 7 January 2013

Like previous major releases, especially those that set a new generation, Pokémon Black and White went through multiple development stages, many of which included several elements that were eventually dropped or revised before the games' release. Some of these components can still be found within their programming code.

Pre-release

Starter selection screen

The prototype starter selection screen.

The sprite on the starter selection screen for Tepig was different in some early videos. The prototype sprite had a more triangular hind foot, with only one of which shown, and had slightly different shading. Also, while selecting the starter, the other two starters were less darkened when compared to the final release.

Sprites

Prototype sprites for Hilbert and Cheren were shown in an early video which was broadcasted on Pokémon Sunday. Although the difference for Cheren's sprite is only where his eyes face, Hilbert's sprite received a complete overhaul. A prototype sprite for Bianca, lacking her Xtransceiver, was shown in the early video footage that came with an issue of Dengeki Nintendo DS.

In Excadrill's first appearance in a promotional video, its stripes were mirrored. However, this was not long-lived, as it was changed to its current appearance in the next video.

Beta Hilbert VS sprite.png

200px

Beta Bianca VS sprite.png

BW Prerelease double battle.png

Hilbert's prototype VS sprite Cheren's prototype VS sprite Bianca's prototype
VS sprite
Excadrill's prototype front sprite


Music

In some early footage of Route 4, 夢の跡地 Dreamyard can be heard playing instead of the correspondent seasonal variant of 4番道路 Route 4.

Region name

Some retailers in the United Kingdom (specifically GAME and Gamestation) had pre-release box art using the name Alleos for the region as opposed to its final English name, Unova. This name was also used at pre-release and post-release demo events in the United Kingdom.

Locations

Castelia City

There were many changes to Castelia City, where at least four different textures were shown before the final design. A few of these designs can be seen below.

BW Prerelease City.png

Black White City.png

BW Prerelease Castelia City 2.png

Image released on April 15, 2010 Animated view presented by Pokémon Sunday on April 18, 2010 Footage from the June 27, 2010 trailer that was broadcasted on Oha Suta

BW Prerelease Castelia City 3.png

BW Prerelease Castelia City.png

BW Prerelease Castelia City 6.png

Image from a Pokemon.co.jp video Image released on May 14, 2010 Another image from a Pokemon.co.jp video


Skyarrow Bridge

BW Prerelease Bridge lookout.png

BW Prerelease Bridge.png

Early image of Skyarrow Bridge Second early image of Skyarrow Bridge, showing a Backpacker instead of an
Ace Trainer


In addition, two images released of the Skyarrow Bridge depicted a slightly different skyline of Castelia City.

Pokémon Center

The prototype Pokémon Center shopping item list screen.

When buying items at a Pokémon Center, the part of the screen where the player can be seen is shown to rotate a bit.

Post-release findings

Items

Since the games' engine is an upgraded version from that of the Generation IV games, all items from Generation IV, including Poké Balls, key items and unused items, are present in their programming code, with the exception of HM07 and HM08, which are now blank space "?" items. However, most of these items are unobtainable. Other leftover items, like the God Stone, are specific to Pokémon Black and White and can be likewise obtained through modification of the saved game or cheating.

P2 Laboratory

050Diglett.png This section is incomplete.
Please feel free to edit this section to add missing information and complete it.
Reason: More information needed.

If the player uses the "walk through walls" cheat, enters the P2 Laboratory and keeps walking down, there will be some leftover tables. (link)


Beta versions of Pokémon games
Generation I
Red and GreenYellow
Generation II
Gold and SilverCrystal
Generation III
Ruby and SapphireFireRed and LeafGreenEmerald
Generation IV
Diamond and PearlPlatinumHeartGold and SoulSilver
Generation V
Black and WhiteBlack 2 and White 2
Generation VI
X and Y
Unreleased
Pocket Monsters RPGPokémon Picross

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