With Pokémon being the cultural force it is, it’s no surprise that there are legions of fans out there reimagining the exciting world of battling monsters every day of the week. This day in particular, however, a particularly vivid 3D recreation of the iconic first-generation location Viridian Forest has gone viral, and even with just a quick glance, it’s not hard to see why.
The viral Pokémon fan art post, which as of writing, has tipped 50k Twitter likes within a few hours of posting, is created by a Japanese user @pokeyugami, also known as the Pokémon Space-Time Distortion Researcher, claiming to create fan art from a different space and time. In this instance, pokeyugami is playing with space in a way that fans have hoped to see for years, giving the first generation a cell-shaded 3D effect.
While we don’t know exactly how long the post may stay up, what with both Nintendo and the Pokémon Company hot on the trails of anyone attempting to benefit from using their IPs. Hopefully, the very clear distinction between fan art, as in an obvious tribute, rather than fan game is enough to let this particular artist share their love for Pokémon with others.