While in many ways the original Pokémon Red & Blue still hold up to this day, they definitely have some unique quirks, from completely broken moves to mismanaged typing. Some of the more surface-level oddities, however, are the backsprites used for the player and Pokémon when in battle.
In the original game, they essentially half the size of the opposing team at 28 x 28 pixels, resulting in a “blown-up” look. It was made even stranger by the sprites being modelled after their look in the Japan-only Red & Green versions.
This was remedied in Pokémon Gold & Silver, but if you’ve been wanting to replay the original Red & Blue with a fresh look then you might want to check out this ROM Hack by Seasick, which redraws the original back sprites at a higher resolution of 56 x 56 pixels.
Effort was made to maintain their odd appearance and there are multiple versions of the patch that optionally switch in the original Red & Green sprites for consistency’s sake.Leave a Comment