Found this on twitter.
This is very interesting and actually makes me look back over these past few generations' worth of 'mons. I... actually like the design shift but idk, I'm not blessed with those artsy eyes hahaha.
Interesting image! I didn't think of this at all. Definitely prefer the simpler, more rounded and cute Pokémon they've been introducing. More sharp and detailed are definitely not my thing, going by the examples. ): I do adore small and cute things though, so my taste could be very different from some others.
Krabby looks absolutely terrifying in the newer art design, and I'm honestly glad it doesn't actually look like that now. I'm really glad we got the Pokemon designs we did, I'm really not liking the design switch for any of those Pokemon showcased...
Huh, this is really interesting! When you look at it like that the differences become pretty clear.
I tend to like the more cute, rounded Pokémon anyway, so I can’t say I don’t like the overall style change. To me there’s a lot of appeal in a more simplistic design and I’m a big believer of less is more. All that said, the recent Pokémon who are designed to be sharp and angular definitely go above and beyond to fulfill that role, imo.
Pidgey in the newer style is extremely cute and must now be protected. Krabby and Vulpix though idk I prefer (at least from the examples above ofc) the older designs. Vulpix moreso than Krabby.
Overall though I'm also more of a fan of the more cutesy designed Pokemon rather than the more intricate ones. Like overall all the cutesy ones in the example look better than the three later generation Pokemon in the more intricate style.
Pictures like these are so interesting - I can really imagine all of these in their respective switched generations. (Why does Zorua use what appears to be artwork from the anime, though? All the others on the left side use the official Sugimori art.)
I am a big fan of the older more detailed style, Zorua and crabrawler look way better when switched to the older style, I think it would give the game more of and edgier feel which I think the modern games lack
Some newer designs definitely aren't the most inventive, but I think people tend to view them with some bias nostalgia glasses. Both new and old designs look well done, and the art itself has improved over time imo. I mean, it's been what, 15+ years since R/S/E was released? Doesn't that include them into the pantheon of 'vintage' Pokemon designs?