Pokémon Down Under? This epic Aussie fan project convinced me it needs to happen

If you’ve ever wondered what a platypus or kangaroo-inspired Pokemon might look like, this Aussie fan-made “Straya” Pokédex will blow your mind.

Traditionally, Pokémon games draw inspiration from real-world regions, and with new Pokémon games Scarlet and Violet coming based on Spain, one fan has fantasized what an Australia-themed Pokémon world would look like. .

twitter user VivinkArt The project originally started in 2019 – back when Pokémon Sword and Shield was originally announced – and the resulting (and massive!) Straya region Pokédex took over two years to come to fruition. complete, with VivinkArt finally being able to declare it complete in February.

Potential “Aussified” titles for VivinkArt’s concept games are “Pokémon Yeah” and “Pokémon Nah” – a reference to the phrase “yeahnah”, a common piece of Australian slang that’s typically used when you’re not around. agree with someone.

The designs have been very well received by the gaming community, with thousands of likes and near-universal praise in the responses.

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The artist has taken iconic Australian animals and poked them – and done such a stellar job it’s easy to forget it’s all fan art. Even if you’re not familiar with all of Down Under’s wildlife, it’s easy to recognize iconic creatures such as the grass-type kangaroo and water-type platypus starters.

That’s not all: Vivink not only created all the Pokémon in the Straya region, but also designed potential NPCs you’ll meet on your backcountry adventure, a new region map, and awesome Pokemon style concept illustrations. There’s even beloved Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, who takes on the role of Pokémon Champion of the Straya region.

Attention to detail

Just as recent Pokemon games have region-exclusive iconic Pokemon, artists have created region-specific Doduos, Delibirds, Porygons with weirdly specific Australian references that might make you laugh.

The Pokemon fan also incorporated Aboriginal culture into their concept by creating a Legendary Pokemon based on the native Dreamtime Rainbow Serpent, which the player would theoretically encounter after defeating the four Elders.

The rest of the thread goes into more detail about the various Pokemon they’ve designed, and it’s worth reading the whole thing to appreciate the amount of work that went into the designs. The VivinkArt Twitter feed is also home to many Straya-Pokémon concept art.

While obviously a dream concept, there’s not much anticipation for the next mainline Pokémon game starring Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, which is slated for release in late 2022.

This isn’t VivinkArt’s first foray into the world of game design. The artist is currently working on a hand-drawn 2D platformer that follows the story of an endangered red panda named Ailuri. You can find out all about the title on the Vivink Studios website.

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