Newgrounds Background Image Theme

Our goal is for Newgrounds to be ad free for everyone! Become a Supporter today and help make this dream a reality!

Pokémon Redesign Mockup


A thread on the Pixelation/Way of the Pixel forums challenged forum members to draw the monochrome world of Pokémon Red/Blue in their own style. You can see the thread here. I took inspiration from the "Shining Force" series with my initial attempts, but then I was told about the white background having to show up behind the sprites - sprites themselves had no white tone, but they have a transparency tone, and use the white showing up on the background layer instead. This explains the pure-white battle screens of the 8-bit series, which was dropped from the Advance games and onward. I made some adjustments accordingly. They're not the most graceful backgrounds but I thought you'd be interested to see the attempts anyway.

Log in / sign up to vote & review!

Newgrounds accounts are free and registered users see fewer ads!


this is really outstanding! you put so much thought into the GB limitations and honestly, for all you say these backgrounds aren't "graceful" in the description, i disagree! this is a great exploration of how you could achieve greater scene fidelity while still sticking to the limitations. you got a lot of mileage out of the 4 colour limitations for the sprites, and i really like how you showed all your explorations of different ways to achieve it! good job, and great silhouettes on your sprite redesigns!

I really like how in the piece with Mewtwo and Charizard they have the white box around them, trying to emulate the box-sprite size thing that the gameboy did

Idk if that make sense but I really appreciate that detail, nice work all around tho :)

stevenm1988 responds:

Yeah, I get what you mean. The GB and GBC had limited palettes to work with, so there were often compromises, like how the trees in Link's Awakening would often be drawn inside a white (or yellow, in DX) box, simply because the palette and scanline limit simply didn't allow for complicated stuff like drawing grass graphics under the tree graphic.
If you're ever interested, you should hit up the Commercial Critique area on Pixelation.org -- https://pixelation.org/index.php?board=16.0 -- because there are cool threads dissecting the graphical limits of the NES and Game Boy and the like. It can help people who are interested in doing their own mockups. Ditto Spriter's Resource -- https://www.spriters-resource.com/ -- you can study spritesheets of games without a TV filter getting in the way.

Credits & Info

4.52 / 5.00

Jul 24, 2020
1:26 PM EDT
Pixel Art
File Info
984 x 1800 px
37.6 KB

You might also enjoy...

Licensing Terms

You are free to copy, distribute and transmit this work under the following conditions:

You must give credit to the artist.
You may not use this work for commercial purposes.