While Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are still quite a few months away from releasing on the Nintendo Switch, gamers have already received a look at several of the new Pokemon coming with the new games. In addition to the reveal of the new starter Pokemon Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly, fans recently had a chance to see Smoliv, an olive-looking Pokemon. Unsurprisingly, fans have already started making fan art based on this newly revealed pocket monster.
In a post on Reddit, a user known as M_Squarec shared a post featuring a unique animation they created based on the Pokemon series. Specifically, this brief clip made by the Reddit user starred Smoliv from the upcoming Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. However, this animation stood out because the artist redesigned the Pokemon to have a pixelated 2D art style instead of its 3D design seen in the Switch game.
In the short video posted by M_Squarec, the Smoliv from Pokemon Scarlet and Violet was seen in the middle of the screen in front of a white background. Impressively, they had managed to translate the 3D elements of the design seamlessly into the pixel art style. The Pokemon still had its green coloration and olive-like appearance. In addition, the Pokemon was referred to as “hyperactive,” according to the artist. It was not hard to understand why they had used this term to describe the pixelated pocket monster; the clip showed the Smoliv running in place, rapidly switching directions in the process.
In the time since posting the clip of the hyper Smoliv to Reddit, numerous members of the Pokemon community have taken the time to admire and comment on the hard work of the animator. With over 1,200 upvotes over the last couple of weeks, many were impressed with the design. In particular, one fan commented that the art style reminded them of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon. This spurred another gamer to comment that they wished the developers would consider making another game based on that art style. “I would like another sprite based pokemon game so much,” BrainIsSickToday said on Reddit.
While this animation from M_Squarec is doubtlessly eyecatching, it is far from the only Pokemon creation made by the community in recent days. In fact, other talented gamers have made memorable animations based on the Pokemon in the franchise. For example, one fan-made video showed Charmeleon evolving into Charizard. Time will tell what other animations are made by the community. Perhaps M_Squarec will decide to animate short clips featuring other Pokemon announced for the upcoming Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet release on November 18 for Nintendo Switch.