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Pokémon GO: Your Pokémon Now Have Their 8-Bit Avatars

by | Apr 2, 2018 | Gaming

A new update on the smash-hit mobile game, Pokémon GO, has rolled out, effectively turning your 3D rendered Pokémon into nostalgic 8-bit avatars.

“We always want to bring you the most immersive graphics experience possible,” quips the game makers in a blog post. “Experience Pokémon GO like never before with cutting-edge 8-BIT GRAPHICS! Registering approximately twice the definition of 4K, the chunky squares of each pixel provide realistic detail and unbelievable definition.”

Because of course, 8-bit doesn’t mean twice the resolution of 4K, and it doesn’t add a cutting-edge display to the game. What it does is echo back to the old, Pokémon classics we grew up loving. The avatars look exactly like their iterations from past consoles, and it’s great that Pokémon GO decided to add them in.

Here’s how it looks in action:

Cool, right? Because let’s face it: Kyogre only looks half as awesome if he isn’t made up of tiny blocks of 8-bit pixels. But here’s the catch: the timing of this is all suspect. The update rolled out on April 1st, and taking from the jokingly manner in which the blog post was written, we’re thinking this is all but an April Fool’s Day prank and that the avatars will revert back to normal eventually.

Regardless, it’s a touch of classic Pokémon nostalgia too precious to pass up.

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Armando Dela Cruz

Friendly neighborhood nerdboy, at your service. Follow me on Twitter: @armanddc.

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