If you’re reading this, chances are you haven’t managed to get a hold of Pokémon X and Y. If that’s the case, fret not, because we’ve got some Pokémon news to keep you interested. We all know the original Pokémon Red and Green were released exclusively in Japan, and it would be tricky localizing the franchise in America. In fact, Iwata has revealed that some people even wanted to see Pikachu more muscular so as to appeal to the Western market.
“Will America accept cute monsters? No, they said. Some people even recommended to make Pikachu more muscular. If we followed their advice Pokemon would never have been the success that it was. Brain Training software (Brain Age) became a hit in Japan, and I proposed that we sell it globally. And even as I said that as the president, no one listened.” – Satoru Iwata
So let's have a vote: would you be more inclined to buy Pokémon Red and Blue if Pikachu hit the gym for your sake?