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Pokemon YouTuber Leonhart loses it over rare vintage Mewtwo card pull

Published: 13/Jun/2020 23:25 Updated: 14/Jun/2020 2:55

by Brent Koepp

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Pokemon YouTuber Lee ‘Leonhart’ Steinfeld was overwhelmed with excitement when he pulled a vintage Mewtwo card worth over $1,000. The popular Trading Card Game collector was floored over his latest find.

Leonhart is one of the top Pokemon channels on YouTube, as fans of the beloved Nintendo RPG tune in to see him open up vintage TCG packs. The personality has gone viral in the past, such as when he found a Charizard card worth up to $55k.

During his June 13 upload, the collector opened Neo Destiny sets that originally released in 2002. Much to his surprise, he ended up pulling a card which can be worth thousands of dollars depending on the grade.

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The YouTuber opened up Pokemon cards from 2002.

Pokemon YouTuber pulls rare Mewtwo card

The YouTuber often opens up classic booster packs for his viewers, some them worth up to $200 or more as the vintage cards sealed are becoming harder to find. During his latest upload, Leonhart picked randomly from a Neo Destiny Set.

The Pokemon collector was opening up his very last pack, when the final card was none other than a Shining Mewtwo. The personality lost it and immediately screamed “Oh my goodness!” as his mouth hung open in complete shock.

Still reeling, the YouTube personality yelled out, “We did it! A Shining Mewtwo!? Are you kidding me!? With some ultimate last pack magic, a Shining Mewtwo has been pulled!”

(Topic starts at 20:55.)

With vintage Pokemon cards, the value goes up substantially if they are graded by a company like PSA or Beckett, and many factors determine what the score will be on a scale from one to 10.

According to the personality, the image centering on both the front and back of his Shining Mewtwo looks pristine. Meaning it could fetch an eye-popping amount of over $1,000.

YouTube: Leonhart
The Pokemon YouTuber was floored by the rare Mewtwo card he pulled.

Leonhart continues to be one of the strongest voices for Pokemon on YouTube, as viewers flock to relive their childhoods while watching him hunt down the rarest of TCG finds.

At the time of writing, he’s amassed over 900 thousand subscribers to his channel. On his road to a million followers, the star continues to open classic card packs that most could only dream of obtaining.

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

Published: 21/Jan/2021 23:11

by Brent Koepp

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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.