For longtime fans of the Orre region, seeing James Turner’s recent artwork of Wes and Michael from Pokémon Colosseum (2003) and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness was a real treat. Yes, it’s caused the fanbase to express their hopes for a remaster, yet it also brought a bunch of fan questions that Turner answered on Twitter

There was something missing though. Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness is a direct sequel to Pokémon Colosseum, taking place in the same region about five years where Colosseum’s storyline ended. This calls for a group photo of the main characters!

 

 
Turner took both illustrations and combined them together, dubbing the piece “Heroes of Orre.” It’s a small change, but to see Michael and Wes stand side-by-side along with their Pokémon and side-kicks… it warms my Pokémon nerd heart for two games that took on a darker, narrative tone and brought the idea of Shadow Pokémon into the spotlight.

Hopefully, this isn’t the last we’ll ever see of the Orre region, but this “official-but-not-official” illustration gives me hope that we’ll venture back there again someday and snag whatever Shadow Pokémon we come across.

 

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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)

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