Watch 15 Years Of Pokémon Graphics Evolve, Slowly But Surely
Watch 15 Years Of Pokémon Graphics Evolve, Slowly But Surely

The Pokémon games gradually become more lovely to look at year by year and system by system, at about the rate that mighty rivers turn into Grand Canyons.
But graphical improvements do occur!

Here are the six main Pokémon games. See how they've evolved...

(But, before you do, click and drag the slider on the top image above, to compare the first game in the series with the newest.)


1998: Pokémon Red/Blue on the Game Boy starts simple.

Watch 15 Years Of Pokémon Graphics Evolve, Slowly But Surely

Still via PokemonDungeonTV


2000: The Game Boy Color gives Pokémon Gold/Silver, and with it, the series... color.

Watch 15 Years Of Pokémon Graphics Evolve, Slowly But Surely

Still via Chuggaaconroy


2003: A major font-kerning upgrade appears in Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire, on the Game Boy Advance.

Watch 15 Years Of Pokémon Graphics Evolve, Slowly But Surely

Still via JakeTheHappySnake


2007: The Nintendo DS, uh, barely improves things. Thanks for nothing, Pokémon Diamond/Pearl.

Watch 15 Years Of Pokémon Graphics Evolve, Slowly But Surely

Still via PokeGuideHD


2011: That's better, Nintendo DS! Pokémon Black/White have appreciably better graphics.

Watch 15 Years Of Pokémon Graphics Evolve, Slowly But Surely

Still via PokemonJourneyHD


2013: Finally. With the help of the 3DS, Pokémon X/Y finally makes a Pokémon game look... modern. And spiffy!

Watch 15 Years Of Pokémon Graphics Evolve, Slowly But Surely

Still via this morning's debut trailer for the October 2013 Pokémon X/Y.