Every now and then a fan project comes along and blows our minds, and that’s certainly the case for the viral HD2D Pokémon project doing the rounds on social media. With a short clip detailing what Vermillion City might look like if the original Pokémon games got the Live-A-Live treatment in an HD2D remake, we’re hoping it makes The Pokémon Company and Game Freak feel inspired.
The short clip is the work of artist Dott, a self-described ‘JRPG-loving designer’, who shared the Vermillion City demo a few months ago. It’s only picked up traction in the last few days, thanks to a viral Tweet, but if you turn your attention to Dott’s YouTube page, you can find both the widely shared video plus some more Pokémon tributes, including a recreation of the opening segments of Pokémon Red and Blue.
Of course, we did get a new version of Kanto just a few years ago with Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, but we’d take an HD2D remake over that chibi-driven experience any day of the week. Still, we’ll take the nostalgic warmth from Dott’s recreation and make do for now.
The clip below displays Dott’s version of Vermillion City in all its glory, from the lone seaman standing at the port, to the workaholic Machop breaking new ground in the north of the city. If you’re a JRPG fan like the artist, be sure to check out their profile for further HD2D tributes to Chrono Trigger, Terranigma, and more.
There you have it, all you need to know about Dott’s HD2H Pokémon project that has us wishing The Pokémon Company would pick up the gauntlet. For our picks of the best games from Game Freak’s series, check out our list of the best Pokémon games.