Release: Sep 22, 2013 - Author: Jim - Translator: Mr Miau
One would think that the Pokemon series is an unlikely candidate for any censoring because it is made for children. In this case, however, the EU can be seen as respnsible. New and stricter laws concerning gambling had been introduced and the the developers did not want to risk a higher rating by the PEGI, which is why the slot machines were changed.
Answering a fan's question, Nintendo announced before the release of Heartgold/Soulsilver that future titles might also be affected by this because of the peculiarities of European law. Indeed, the slot machines in the following games also did not have any function.
Additionally, comparable to the alteration mentioned in the im Schnittberichte zur Diamant/Perl-Edition erwähnt, the sprite of Registeel was changed globally so there is no censoring happening in this version.
The slot machines, which could already be found in the very first game, are not interactive anymore. The player can merely randomly find between 5 and 20 coins a day. Considering that the item price range goes from 1000 to 20,000 coins, this is quite something. The TM64 can originally only be collected by gambling, in the European Version talking to the receptionist of the gambling hall is already enough.
A picture of the minigame from the uncensored version.
The dialogues with NPCs were also changed and every reference to gambling removed. The sign of the gambling hall was changed as well because the original text both contained gambling and referred to the TM64 (Explosion).
Original: Aim for an Explosion of Luck!
Censored: The place everyone talks about!