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For example, in GSC, Smeargle's shiny form had a green tail, just like a normal one does now. Its normal form had a red tail, like the shiny form does today.

Any ideas why Gamefreak did that?

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As far as I know, there is no exact answer to this but, there are some possible reasons.

  • It's an error (1): When GF made Smeargle's color pallet for G/S/C, they could've accidentally switched the shiny and normal form of Smeargle, but changed it back to what was supposed to be the original Smeargle in R/S

  • It's an error (2): GF could have accidently switched the normal and shiny forms in R/S. Because R/S had better graphics than G/S/C they may have kept it that way because they thought it wouldn't be noticed that much.

  • GF didn't like the colorization of Smeargle: GF could've changed it because they didn't like the colorization of Smeargle.

  • Bad graphics: R/S has MUCH better graphics than G/S/C, it may just be hard to tell what color Smeargle is in it's G/S/C sprites.

Remember, these are just some reasons why GF might have changed it.
EDIT:
There are a few Pokemon that have also had their sprites changed:
I Gold/Silver Spinarak was purple but it was changed in Crystal (When it was shiny it was pinkish)
Spinarak Spinarak
Croconaw & Feraligatr goes from to teal to a light blue.
Croconaw Croconaw Feraligatr Feraligatr
Chikorita's body goes from yellow to green
Chikorita Chikorita
Cleffa & Igglybuff goes from really pink to more skin colored.
Cleffa Cleffa Igglybuff Igglybuff
These are not all of the Pokemon that have changed but they are a few of them!

Hope I helped!

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