Pokémon games have had their fair share of criticism over the years, often specifically targeting their visuals. It seems like such criticism has only increased in time, too, with the likes of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Sword & Shield, and even the recently announced Pokémon Scarlet & Violet all receiving significant heat from fans over their graphical styles.
Well, Twitter user @pokeyugami has created what we believe may well be the most perfect realisation of a 3D Pokémon game we’ve seen yet. By creating a kind of cel-shaded effect and utilising the art style of Pokémon character designer Ken Sugimori, @pokeyugami has created a fantastic blend of old and new.
It looks gorgeous, right? We’re assuming the environment in question here is Viridian Forest from Pokémon Red & Blue, with creatures typical to that particular area – like Pikachu, Weedle, and Caterpie – all roaming around. Granted, it’s probably lacking in detail in some areas, like the glaring white background, but the main protagonist looks incredible!
Chances are Game Freak will never opt for a style like this for their mainline Pokémon games, sadly, but we can still dream. Still, it’s clear that the team are slowly but surely getting to grips with 3D visuals, with Scarlet & Violet looking pretty nice in some places!
What do you think of the art style displayed here? Do you wish Pokémon games would look like this? Let us know!