The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg

The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg

There's Pokémon Crystal, the third game in the second generation of Pokémon games. And then there's Pokémon Vietnamese Crystal, the bootleg version of the game with mistranslations. There's a difference.

Pokémon diehards have probably heard of Vietnamese Crystal, but for those of you that haven't, it's worth checking out. According to Bulbanews, back in the early 2000's, a bootleg version of Pokémon Crystal was made by an unknown party. Curiously, even though the cartridges allegedly originally circulated in Vietnam, the pirates translated the Japanese game into (sometimes nonsensical) English, not Vietnamese.

Nobody really knew about this version of the game until Let's Players like DeliciousCinnamon got their hands on the game. Since then, many of the things that appear in the game went on to become memes in the Pokémon community. And when you look at some of the things that appear in the game, the fact the game became infamous isn't surprising.

When you start the game, these are your gender choices: boy, or that one character from Invader Zim:

The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg

Then the game welcomes you to... Elf's world?

The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg

This is an ongoing thing in the Vietnamese version of the game. Elf, elfs, elves. The game is obsessed with elves, for whatever reason. My theory is that they were trying to translate "pocket monster", because, really, that's what elfs are.

This is the first thing the professor says to you.

The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg

So demanding! Who do you think you are?

The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg

Oh.

Elf monster then introduces you to Pokémon...

The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg
The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg
The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg

Very crucial information to understanding Pokémon.

The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg

OK, nevermind.

Professor, um, Elf, tells you that the Pokémon world is full of mysteries and then sends you on your way. Once in the game, your mum stops you to tell you word of the good elfs:

The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg

Thankfully, she gives you something to deal with this dangerous elf world.

The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg

She warns you not to assume things about this elf gear.

The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg

It only gets more amazing from here. Really, you should watch the original Let's Play that made this Pokémon bootleg famous: it's excellent.

You can watch the rest of the series here.

But, in case you need more convincing, here are some more choice screenshots:

The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg
The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg
The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg
The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg
The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg
The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg
The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg
The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg

Comments

    http://wiki.telefang.net/Pok%C3%A9mon_Diamond_and_Jade

    Not as great as the Pokemon Diamond/Jade bootlegs where you catch Pokemon by getting their phone numbers.

      Actually the game was pretty awesome. I played it thinking it was pokemon but was disappointed it was not BUT the gameplay was actually fantastic.

      Edit: Found the original game name, Telefang

      Last edited 30/01/15 2:22 pm

    Had gold from Singapore in a pokemon yellow cartrige

    This aint got shit on Dark Cry.
    Few years back i was walking around my local markets and saw a stall selling GBA games and they had Dark Cry , came with a box, manual and genuinly fake nintento seal of authenticity.
    Super fun game
    Oak - 'Oh Sh**! WTF is that... oh its one of them poke things!'

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