Pokemon Go Features 8-Bit Graphics For April Fools' Joke

Wow, those are some hardcore graphics, man.


Pokemon Go's latest update might make you a little nostalgic. Instead of its typical 3D models, each Pokemon in your Pokedex has taken on a rather familiar 8-bit appearance.

"Experience Pokémon GO like never before with cutting-edge 8-BIT GRAPHICS," a post on the Pokemon Go website reads. "Registering approximately twice the definition of 4K, the chunky squares of each pixel provide realistic detail and unbelievable definition. Your Pokédex will feel lifelike in ways previously unimagined on any handheld device ever created."

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The update launched yesterday, turning all those once-3D models into pixelated pocket monsters. Not only does it affect all of the Pokemon that you've caught and hatched, the 8-bit changes can also be seen on the Nearby menu. But we're afraid that the nostalgia does have its limits--out on the field of battle, Pokemon Go's traditional graphics do return.

For avid Pokemon Go players, today is the final day to catch Lugia. The title's big update, which added quests and Mew, is also available now.

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