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Western vs Eastern Game Characters: Muscles vs Moe

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The CEO of Nintendo has recently made some interesting comments to the effect that he is glad his predecessor dared to defy the advice of his American advisors and not turn Pokémon into muscle-bound monstrosities, because “Monsters can’t be cute.”

Of course, we all know how well Pokémon turned out, but what about games where the wisdom of American marketing prevailed and the characters were redesigned to meet the exacting standards of Western tastes? You can see some examples below…

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Via Hachimaki.

This continues even to this day, with at times disturbing results

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