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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.

You can download the Higher Resolution Backsprites hack via now.

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Written by Tom Brown

Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.