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As gamers, we all have shared experiences. When I say certain game titles, say, Pokémon Pearl, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Right? Not exactly.

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According to Twitter user and Taiwan native @Taiwanjin, “Reminiscing on Pokémon Pearl with a Japanese friend didn’t quite jive, because for some reason, things in the the Taiwanese version I played were different.”

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[Photo: Taiwanjin]

Hrm.

The first hint should be that the official versions of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl were released on the Nintendo DS. Taiwanjin played Pokémon Pearl on the Game Boy Advance.

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[Photo: Taiwanjin]

So yes, this Twitter user grew up playing a faux version—which, I guess, is somewhat understandable because Nintendo didn’t release an official, localized version of the game in Taiwan or mainland China, for that matter.

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In the past, Pokémon knock-offs like these were fairly common, resulting in some interesting titles. Check out the Pokémon Jade:

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[Photo: Taiwanjin]

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[Photo: Taiwanjin]

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