Illustrator and pixel artist Pat Ackerman has spent the last year imagining the entire Pokédex of Pokémon Sword and Shield as old-school sprites.
Starts back when Eighth generation starters were unveiled, Ackerman slowly but surely pixelated every pocket monster found in the series’ latest game. And as of this week, he has an incredibly impressive portfolio of perfectly pixelated Pokémon to show for it.
Perhaps even more impressive is Ackerman’s dedication to making art look so close to the first generation of Pokémon play as possible—Pokémon Yellow Specifically.
“When I create these, I use the 56 x 56 canvas in size, which was the original size of the sprites in Pokémon red / blue / green / yellow, ”Ackerman said Kotaku. “I also stick to the palette Yellow. I really focus on the bag of Pokémon, as that was what really defined who they were before 3D models. I try to make them dynamic and show off something unique with Pokémon. ”
Ackerman’s other pixel projects span the previous one Pokémon generations and Monster hunter, which beautifully captures the limitations of the Game Boy hardware. His work can also be found in PC role-playing games Monster Crown.
We have included some of Ackerman’s favorites Pokémon Sword and Shield sprites at the top of this story, but be sure to check out more of his work Twitter and Instagram.