From what I remember, Red and Green in Japan were the first versions, and the sprites in particular were crap. They fixed these for Blue version in Japan, and then released Red and Blue in the west, with Red being updated to have the same sprites and shit as Blue.
So we don't want green here, cause it is shit compared to Blue and our version of Red.
>>25043047 Masuda gave the following reasons: >A leaf is a symbol of peace, while fire and water are opposing concepts and thus would seem more like a conflict. A leaf is also an easier concept to grasp and translate into other languages, and in this world of conflicts, the creators wanted to give a name suggestive of a peaceful world. >The developers also wanted a colorful drawing of a Bulbasaur family member on the boxart. Masuda explains that, as with legendary Pokémon, creating a title for each Pokémon game that can be used and easily understood in all countries is not an easy task. Basically plants are nice and easy to understand.
He should have just said that they were based off of Red and Green, which were the first Japanese games, whereas Blue in Japan was the 3rd game, which so far they haven't remade any of them in any gen.
>>25042964 >>25043006 These guys are *almost* correct. Red and Green were the first pair released and were buggy as hell, beyond even what we got, as well as having the incredibly shitty sprites. When the hype took off, they released a third version, Blue. Blue had improved coding and sprites so it ran better (if not perfectly) and looked better. When it came time to localize things to the US, they took the coding and sprite base of Blue and simply changed it around to have the respective pokemon available that Red and Green had. So this wasn't a case of Blue being released as-is and an updated Red to pair with it. It was literally Red and Green plugged into the improved coding of the original third version game, Blue.
As for why they didn't go with Red and Green as the colors for these versions, no idea. Possibly because Red and Green are typically viewed as christmas colors in the us, so the marketing would look weird when it released in the early part of the year, or perhaps because Americans tend to view Red and Blue as more opposite colors, so they could appeal to that "which version is better" hype and get kids all teamed up and competitive with the other versions so they'd want to trade and battle more. I don't fucking know.
Either way, Green *was* released in the US, it just happened to have been renamed and upgraded from it's original version, same as Red. That's why the gen 3 remakes are FireRed and LeafGreen, because those are the actual versions that were remade.
>>25042948 The original Red version wasn't either. Japanese Blue version was translated into English and then the catchable Pokémon lists from Red and Green were used to make English Red and Blue. This is why the man in Cinabar says the Raichu you traded him evolved, in Japanese Blue you give him a Kadabra.
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