An artist decides to pay tribute to one of the older fan favorite Pokemon titles, Pokemon Emerald, by creating a detailed pixel art animation.
Pokemon Emerald was released for the Game Boy Advance in 2005, and it allowed fans to re-explore the vast Hoenn region and try to catch all the Pokemon. The franchise’s third-generation game is generally a fan favorite for its added and improved features, as well as the striking new design given to the title’s playable leads. A fan decided to visit again Emerald in art, creating a highly detailed nostalgic pixel art animation.
There are plenty of reasons why Pokemon Emerald stands out among the others pokemon spell. Some of these are simple, such as cosmetic tweaks and further balancing for certain Pokemon teams. Emerald also highlighted specific features that became mainstays, such as animated sprites and abilities that have an effect on the game’s overworld.
In tribute to this unique GBA title, an artist known as itzaspace and found on Reddit and Twitter decided to create a rather detailed pixel art animation of May riding her bike up a hill. The animation spins around as May climbs higher and higher, with Pokemon relaxing along the scenic route.
Fans enjoy the art and note that it has inspired them to try and find their old copy of Emerald to play it again. A fan in the comments has used the nostalgia for the game to share the time when they couldn’t get the game from a retro video game auction that sold it for a high price and refused to go lower. Unfortunately this is to be expected, because Pokemon Emerald has not been re-released since it was first released in 2005, leading to high pre-owned prices.
Even if fans don’t have a copy of Pokemon Emerald going on, itzaspace’s animation does a great job of encompassing what players might visualize while playing the game. The art brings it to life with remarkable attention to detail, from the fence seen on many of the game’s early routes, to what appears to be Slateport City in the background. Several Pokemon also appear, including the anime’s special Jigglypuff that sings a Slaking to sleep.
Using pixel art for the animation helps to capture the mood of the game quite well, mainly because Emerald was made when pokemon sprites used. This animation is another example of how talented fans of the series can be, it’s not the only intriguing animation created in honor of pokemon† For example, another fan took the time to animate their own idea of how Poke Balls are made.
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