Pokemon is a cultural phenomenon. The famous series has been adapted for multiple forms of media: TV shows and movies, manga and games. But who remembers having collected Pokemon decks of cards back then (long before the card game gained ground)? Yes, although I never really learned to play. Apparently this weird background art from the classic Pokemon maps – you know, the picturesque surroundings with vast meadows and distant trees that never fit in well with the star’s cartoon aesthetic Pokemon – has just been taken from a collection of archival images.
Twitter user Fanamel traveled the deepest corners of the internet to find the true mythical origins of Pokemon background art so we don’t have to. According to Fanamel, the compilation of the backdrops comes from a series of stock images called Datacraft Sozaijiten. “This series is used in a lot of Japanese media and Nintendo games, that’s how I found them,” Fanamel’s tweet read. You can watch them work their magic in the short video above. Even the hilarious “Imposter Professor Oak” card, which appears to only have an image of a metal wall in the background, is from the Datacraft Sozaijiten collection.
Other fans have contributed to Fanamel’s thread with other gifs and short videos of the archive footage overlaid behind the Pokemon art.
In other Pokémon news, Brian Shea got a glimpse of the upcoming one New Pokémon Snap and liked what he saw, “New Pokémon Snap is good at recapturing the magic of the first title. With a new region, new mechanics, and a vastly expanded collection of Pokémon to shoot from, I’m excited to see how this entry improves upon the original. ”