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The absolute best Pokemon map recreations for the Kanto region

Published: 4/Jul/2019 16:18 Updated: 7/Jul/2019 18:27

by Paul Cot

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The Kanto region, first seen in Fortnite and even Sim City. It has also been completely re-made using the Unreal 4 engine.

We showcase each of these recreations below.

pokecraftprojectPokemon’s Kanto region was always going to get re-made in Minecraft…

Minecraft

Not that Minecraft needs too much of an introduction to most gamers, but it is a sandbox game that allows players to create their own world. It is the second most downloaded game ever behind Tetris.

As a result of the ability to build any world your creative skills let you, a multitude of iconic locations have been created. These include city landmarks such Big Ben, GTA V’s Los Santos all the way through to Pokemon’s Kanto region.

As some Minecraft projects go, Pokemon’s first map is relatively small. Nevertheless, it is still a huge undertaking which is evidence by the image above.

Fortnite

From one mammoth game to another – Fortnite. The game is, of course, known for being one of – if not the – biggest battle royale game out there, but it also has a creator mode.

This was introduced in December 2018 and, like Minecraft, players can create their own buildings and land on a private island.

after about two months of hard work part one of my recreation of Pokémon red is finally complete:smile: this map consists of pallet town through mount moon. It also has a working pewter city gym battle and much more:grin::yes: the code if you want to play is 2911-4244-1867. Tell me what you think from r/FortNiteBR

Therefore, it wasn’t going to be long until someone stepped up and re-created the Kanto region, which is exactly what happened.

It is arguably the most detailed recreation of Pokemon Red and Blue’s map to date, so much so that it isn’t even finished yet. The map starts in Pallet Town and finishes just after Mt Moon which means the recreation hasn’t even got the second city of Cerulean yet.

DevastatorRizzEven SimCity 2000 has recreated the Kanto region…

SimCity 2000

As the Kanto region was made in 1996 for somewhat primitive consoles, even a game like SimCity 2000 can replicate the map. SimCity 2000 was released all the way back in 1993 so the redesigns in Fortnite and Minecraft are likely to be far more detailed.

Even so, it’s interesting to go back and see how a game more than 20 years old can replicate Pokemon’s first map. It was first posted by Redditor DevastatorRizz and can even be downloaded to fully check out here.

Unreal Engine

Many games even today are based on the Unreal Engine 4 and while this recreation isn’t based on a specific game, using the engine to make Kanto proved very successful. The video above shows just how high the level of detail is in what is a recreation that arguably matches Fortnite.

Just imagine being able to play Kanto using this, or any of the other games above for that matter, with real battles and Pokemon.

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Pokemon GO to celebrate series’ 25th anniversary with special Kanto event

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:13

by Brent Koepp

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According to reports, Pokemon GO is gearing up to celebrate the series’ upcoming 25th anniversary by going back to the Kanto region. The special event will be centered around the 1996 Japanese Game Boy games Red & Green.

Pokemon initially made its debut in 1996, and quickly became a worldwide phenomena. Decades later, the beloved Nintendo property has grown into an absolute juggernaut and has even become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time.

According to reports, the hit mobile title GO will honor the series upcoming 25th anniversary by going back to very first region, Kanto. The special event will have players choose between the groundbreaking Japanese RPGs Red & Green.

Photograph of Pokemon Red & Green's Game Boy box art from 1996.
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Pokemon GO will celebrate the series’ 25th anniversary with a special themed event based on the 1996 RPGs.

Pokemon GO’s 25th anniversary celebration

While most of the world first played Pokemon in 1998, the series originally launched in Japan two years prior with the Game Boy titles Red and Green (instead of Blue). In 2021, the the franchise will officially reach its 25th anniversary.

So far, Nintendo has been tight-lipped about how it will celebrate the epic milestone, however reports have surfaced about how GO will honor its legacy. According to popular outlet Serebii, the mobile game will be launching a special themed event based around the Kanto region.

While there aren’t a lot of details known yet, the Pokemon site further revealed it will feature an interesting in-game mechanic. “In a single day, players pick either Pokemon Red or Green and get unique spawns  and Special Research based on on what they have picked and can interact to get all Pokemon,” they wrote.

Perhaps the most interesting part is that Trainers will reportedly be able to work with friends to catch all 151 original Pokemon in a single day – which sounds absolutely wild. According to Serebii’s Joe Merrick, there is currently no date for the Gen I celebration. “This event is likely the one Niantic teased for release in February. We don’t have the date for this one yet,” he tweeted.

Serebii's Joe Merrick tweets about Pokemon GO Kanto event.

At the time of writing, there has been no official confirmation as to when Trainers can expect the event to go live. However, since it’s tied to the 25th anniversary, February 2021 is probably a safe bet.

Despite releasing over two decades ago, players still can’t get enough of Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design – proof that the franchise has never been more popular.