One game based on has been impossible to play since shortly after its original release, but things have finally changed in a major way. Following the financial success of, the follow-up film was poised to be a hit, and its American distributor Warner Brothers committed heavily to advertising. An in-browser game was developed as part of this strategy, with millions being invested in a major marketing gimmick. Dubbed the game was faced with the very unusual problem of being a little bit too successful to work out.
As a playable 3D experience, allowed players to explore several islands, collect Pokémon, and use them to overcome environmental obstacles and evolve. Although all of this could be completed in a brief session, the technology was impressive for a free game at the time, quickly skyrocketing the game to popularity. Nintendo, however, seems to have seen the success as a concern. The game was downloaded over a million times, but was shut down in its prime thanks to a cease-and desist-letter from Nintendo.
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After over two decades of unavailability, is back on the scene thanks to the work of some dedicated fans. The circumstances of both its original removal and its return are chronicled in the last segment of a YouTube video from DidYouKnowGaming that covers a general overview of canceled games. DidYouKnowGaming received a comprehensive library of files from one of the game's developers, which archivists who worked on restoring earlier this year wrangled into a modern playable version to finally bring the promotional game back from the grave.
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