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Random: Pokémon Gold & Silver’s Male Protagonist Was Apparently A Ninja In The DS Remakes

Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver are widely considered to be one of the greatest entries in the long-running franchise, but did you know that the games’ male protagonist was actually altered to look more like a ninja for the DS remakes?

That’s according to a magazine translation discovered as part of DidYouKnowGaming‘s comprehensive dive into HeartGold and SoulSilver, with Art Director Takao Unno stating that, yes, he actually is a ninja. Who knew..? When asked about the design of the male protagonist – commonly known as ‘Ethan’ – Unno stated “We wanted to make him more Japanese – or rather, make him look more like a ninja.”

When asked directly if Ethan really is a ninja, Unno said “He sure is, he has the tapered pants and the tight clothes”. Now, he could well be joking, but he also might not be. Hmm…

‘Ethan’ in Gold & Silver (left) and HeartGold & SoulSilver (right) — Image: Nintendo Life

So there you have it. HeartGold and SoulSilver’s male protagonist is apparently a ninja. The video also goes on to say that the exclusion of the original female protagonist from Gold and Silver in the remakes was largely accidental since Unno had started designing a new character without consulting Ken Sugimori’s original artwork. Thus, the new character ‘Lyra’ was introduced in place of ‘Kris’.

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