Babybug and Thugbird
[Update: These designs are confirmed fakes.]
We have a policy against posting most magazine scans here at Destructoid, which can make it tough for us to deliver the hottest Pokemon news to your eager little hands. But fear not, dear reader. The industrious minds at our lovely dot com always find a way.
Above you’ll see an artist’s sprite based rendition of the two newest Pokemon X/Y reveals. Yamutsu (rough translation) is a bug type Pokemon, 0.3m tall, weighs 2.0kg. The bird type is Bitoyui (rough translation), 0.42m tall, weighs 2.8kg. Adorable!
As you can see, these designs look pretty good in sprite form, even when thrown together by a industrious fan (me). Makes me even more sad to see Pokemon X/Y go the way of the polygon. Pokemon was one of the last big name in gaming to continue to use beautiful, low-res sprite-based graphics. The series never lacked for sales either, despite sticking with an “old school” look.
Seems like a step backwards to see the latest entry in the series go for a look that resembles a first gen PS2 game, trying to “show off” with “futuristic” CGI models that just don’t work as well to capture the spirit of Ken Sugimori’s 2D concept art. Thankfully, the fans will always be there to do what Nintendidn’t. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a fully 2D fan-made remake of Pokemon X/Y down the line. With the two sprites above, they already have a head start.