Well, this is pretty damn incredible.
What you’re looking at above is a screenshot of an ambitious project undertaken by Redditor Magib1, who is using command blocks in Minecraft to rebuild Pokemon Red in its entirety. The result is a working Game Boy of sorts, which is pretty bonkers to think about.
“This is meant to be a true port of the game, not an adaptation, and is being designed to run on a 10x9 block representation of a Gameboy Color screen,” Magib1 wrote on Reddit.
The entire thing is still early in development, but it already looks really promising in action:
Beyond the map and walking animations, Magib1 is creating a built-in Pokedex for the game—Pokémon Red wouldn’t be complete without it, after all!
[The product of thousands of command blocks]
If it wasn’t obvious, this recreation is really complex.
“There’s a physical representation of the map...in spawn chunks in which each block corresponds with a texture,” Magib1 explained.
The map looks like this:
“When the player clicks, a reader armor stand moves and clones the row of new textures behind the display. Display armor stands then detect the block type and stick the corresponding texture on their head before moving. The player model is just swapping between a static walking and standing texture.”
“In order to store easily accessible information I’m also creating a sort of physical database underneath the block map,” Magib1 wrote. “For example, the first layer under the map represents whether the block can be walked on or not (green wool = yes, red wool = no). Separate levels with this type of binary information can be created for doorways, surfable tiles, signs, etc. This cuts down on the command blocks needed, as lag is a very serious concern for the map.”
There’s still a long ways to go, of course—Magib1 estimates that it will take a few more months to get the core mechanics done. Still, this proves that even though nearly everything under the sun has been recreated inside of Minecraft, it’s still entirely possible to wow other people with creative ingenuity. Especially if it involves Pocket Monsters.