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5 facts only a Pokemon Master would know

Published: 19/Feb/2020 16:51

by Paul Cot


Pokemon is so incredibly big that not even Pokemon masters can know about everything about the franchise. Here are five facts that even the most hardcore of fans may not know.

890 Pokemon, across eight generations after nearly 25 years of the iconic series and it’s no wonder there’s always something new to learn in the world of Pokemon. We could list facts for days but here are five of the more fascinating ones.

1. The first Pokemon games are really small

No, not small in terms of the map, how long they take or anything inside the game; the actual size of the game. Pokemon Red, for example, is a mere 370 kilobytes (kb). That’s even smaller than the below image in its native resolution!

Pokemon Red Cover
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It’s hard to believe this image can take up more disk space than an entire Pokemon game…

In comparison, the latest Pokemon game entry – Pokemon Sword and Shield – is a whopping 9.5 GB. That’s over 25,000 times as big!

However, that’s nothing compared to some other games out today. Many of the biggest PS4 and Xbox One games can take up to 100 GB (or more) of storage space.

2. 891 Pokemon?

Many believe there were 151 species in the first generation. While this is strictly true, old school Pokemon trainers may remember the glitch Pokemon, Missingno.

The mysterious glitch could be found due to how the game was coded – it was almost certainly not an intentional inclusion. For those interested it could be found on the shoreline of Cinnabar Island.

Some fans even wanted Missingno to return in Sword and Shield but obviously this was a little far-fetched (or Farfetch’d). Kudos to this design by MonolithyK.

3. Where’s Pokemon Green?

Sticking with the original games, most western trainers will believe Pokemon Red and Blue are the games that kicked off the series. This isn’t true, though.

It was Pokemon Red and Green that started it all in 1996. Both of these were released in Japan with Pokemon Red and Blue hitting the west in 1998. Pokemon Green was never released outside of Japan.

Pokemon Green Cover
Venusaur was probably a little jealous back in the late 90s after not getting its own cover…

4. Gotta catch ’em all

The ‘Gotta Catch ‘Em All’ Pokemon theme song is synonymous with the franchise. Despite its popularity, it wasn’t everyone’s first choice when listening to music.

However, that changed with the introduction of Pokemon Go in 2016. The mobile game hit fever pitch shortly after with trainers from all over the world congregating to try and catch ’em all.

The game proved so popular that the theme song has a reported 382% increase in listeners on Spotify. Even the Police joined in the fun, finding Pokemon Go players and blasting out the theme from their cars!

5. The Master Ball can fail

The Master Ball is the only PokeBall that has a 100% success rate, right? Wrong, apparently. Shockingly, the Master Ball can actually fail to catch a Pokemon – and that’s not by using it during a trainer battle (which isn’t allowed).

It is billed as a 100% success rate but that is reportedly not true. There is actually a 1 in 65,536 of it failing (much less than a 0.01% chance).

So you can count yourself lucky (or unlucky) if this has ever happened to you. It is far less likely than finding a shiny even at its base odds.

Go on then, be honest, how many of these did you already know?


Pokemon Sword & Shield Galar Pokedex reimagined in 8-bit Game Boy style

Published: 21/Jan/2021 23:11

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield fan went viral after re-imagining every single ‘mon from the Galar Region in 8-bit Game Boy style. 

In a first for the franchise, Pokemon’s eighth generation RPG was in both HD and on a home console. Despite that, many fans still have nostalgia for the way the games used to look on the Game Boy.

Those wondering what Sword & Shield’s monsters would look like in 8-bit graphics no longer have to dream as one incredibly talented artist re-imagined all of Galar’s ‘mon in the retro graphic style.

Screenshot of Pokemon Red & Blue choosing starter.
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A Pokemon fan reimagined Sword & Shield ‘mon with Game Boy-style graphics.

Pokemon Sword & Shield fan’s epic Game Boy Galar Pokedex

Illustrator Pat Ackerman posted his incredible artwork on January 20, and wowed the Pokemon community by recreating monsters from the eighth generation in Game Boy’s pixel graphic style.

While Sword & Shield technically boasts over 600 characters with its DLC, the fan tackled all the ‘mon either new to the series or region specific.

According to Ackerman, he used the pallet from the 1998 title Yellow. “Finally finished all of generation 8 in Gameboy form! They use the Pokémon Yellow palette,” he wrote.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the incredibly skilled artist also re-imagined Sword & Shield Gigantamax forms in the retro Game Boy style. Those wanting to see the various ‘mon he’s created should check out his Instagram.

The Pokemon community absolutely loved Pat Ackerman’s retro reimagining, such as one fan who exclaimed, “These are absolutely beautiful”. One user even went as far as to say they preferred the style to the Nintendo Switch graphics. “I really prefer this over the 3d models. I wish there was an option in the game for this,” they wrote.

Screenshot of Pokemon fans reacting to Sword & Shield Game Boy art.

Impressively, the talented fan explained that he doesn’t use a program to create the pixel style. Instead he uses the pencil tool in Photoshop. Considering how close this looks to the 90s Game Boy titles, it’s pretty spot-on!

If nothing else, it’s absolutely fascinating to see what a modern Pokemon game would like if it was still made on classic consoles. Speaking of retro, hopefully we will be able to revisit Gen IV if we finally get a Diamond & Pearl remake in 2021.