In a clever and genuinely cool April Fool’s Day joke, Pokémon Go has replaced in-game Pokémon icons with retro 8-bit sprites!
Somehow this is being talked about as if it is a serious news story, which is baffling – we have to understand that it is already April in Japan.
The official statement from the Pokémon Go Live website is really fun to read, so instead of cherry-picking from it I’m just going to put the whole thing below:
We always want to bring you the most immersive graphics experience possible, and we’re excited to share our latest breakthrough with millions of Pokémon GO Trainers around the world. Starting later today, you can be one of the first to experience this all-new graphics engine.
Experience Pokémon GO like never before with cutting-edge 8-BIT GRAPHICS! 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.
We feel 100% confident in saying that you’ve never seen Pokémon like this in Pokémon GO! We’re looking forward to your feedback on this brand-new feature. Tell us your thoughts on our latest update with #PokemonGO, and be sure to include a picture of your favorite Pokémon!
—The Pokémon GO team“
Seriously, if you can’t see the joke here, I don’t know what to say. A different point is that this is a knowing nod to the history of the series, and a smart way to handle April Fool’s Day. Now, brace yourselves for the rest of the jokes…