If I had any artistic talent at all, there's a pretty good chance that I would do nothing all day but draw pictures of Bulbasaur and Snorlax and their best friend Chris Sims -- who teaches them as much as they teach him. It's basically my dream life, but given my inability to draw anything more complex than, say, Voltorb, I've long since given up on it.
But now, Nintendo is trying to rekindle my dreams -- or at least, they would be if I was in Japan -- with the new Pokémon Art Academy. Set to be released on June 19 in Japan, Art Academy is designed to give players step by step instructions on how to draw your favorite Pokémon, including what appears to be the single greatest portrait of Charizard ever.
Folks, I have seen some cruel April Fools' Day pranks in my time. Heck, I just read through the last 15 years of Funky Winkerbean strips from April 1 a few minutes ago, so I thought I was immune to the pangs of disappointment, but no. No I am not. And I know that, because with their annual prank, Google has shown us a finer world and reminded us how far we have fallen.
Okay, so maybe I'm overreacting a little bit, but still! An April 1 update to Google Maps that adds Pokémon to international landmarks and allows you to catch them, learning to understand each other through the magic of friendship and battling? It is a glimpse of a world in which I want to live. Check out their video promoting the (pretty amazing) gag below!
We've highlighted a few videos from Man At Arms, the web series where master swordsmith Tony Swatton recreates famous weaponry from movies and TV before, but to be honest, they're not usually my thing. Don't get me wrong, it's super neat to see the forging process that goes into recreating, say, Thor's hammer, and I can certainly appreciate the craftsmanship, but that's about it. Unless, of course, you tell me that they have made a real life Pokémon, in which case I am suddenly very interested.
That's what happens in the latest installment, where Swatton and his team recreate Honedge, the sentient sword that was introduced to gamers in PokémonX and Y, and it's pretty awesome. Check out the video below!
If you're of a certain age, you may have fond memories of those years back in the 1990s when Pokémon was released in America in card game form and promptly confused adults everywhere. And let's be honest here: That stuff is confusing, especially if you grew up in the kind of nightmarish hellworld that predated 1996, when nobody knew what a Bulbasaur was. Dark times indeed, my friends.
If, however, you were a Cool Parent Of The '90s and you wanted to learn a little more, there was help, in the form of a VHS tape called Pokémon School, which has now been uncovered by the archivists at Everything Is Terrible. Check out a highlight reel below, along with a few other Pokémon-themed videos from the EIT archives!
Kat Brunnegraff is on a mission to paint all 151 original Pokémon. But she puts her own spin on their simple shapes, giving them tiny expressions of self-satisfaction, uncertainty or disdain, and painting them against a retro motif of stars.
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