A fan shares an impressive stained glass window of the water/ice type Spheal from the third generation games, Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire.
In 2002, Game Freak and Nintendo released Pokemon ruby and sapphire. The games were released three years after the release of Pokémon Gold and Silver and introduced the third generation of world famous creatures. It also happened to be the first game released for the Game Boy Advance and introduced a new group of fans to the franchise.
When the games were being developed, there was a feeling that the Pokemon fashion was over. In fact, Game Freak co-founder Junichi Masuda called Pokemon ruby and sapphire the most difficult game in the franchise to make because of this perception. However, it turned out that the naysayers were wrong. All three versions of the game eventually sold very well and reached the list of the 50 best-selling video games of all time.
Despite its release nearly 20 years ago, Pokemon ruby and sapphire fans are still creating art alongside their first and second generation counterparts. One fan, for example, recently imagined what Sceptile would look like as a ghost Pokémon with disturbing results. More recently, a fan under the username jennybead revealed an impressive stained glass portrait of Spheal on the Pokemon Reddit page.
The Spheal stained glass is a faithful recreation of the third generation Pokémon. The colors on the Spheal are true to the original design with the light allowing the piece to almost sparkle in the sunlight. The artwork was also held in place by a chain that clung to its tail and head. The Reddit user was, in particular, very happy with the appearance of the teeth.
Overall, Spheal is one of the Gen 3 Pokémon that gets a lot of love. Recently, an artist, for example, imagined Spheal as different flavors of ice cream. Another made an awesome animation of the Pokemon character using the Blender 3.1 animation program. The character was also featured prominently in Pokemon Legends: Arceus where capturing a Spheal was part of a quest. Since the game’s release, fans have also caught Water/Ice-type Pokemon behaving in weird ways, ranging from socially awkward to buggy.
At the end of the day Pokemon ruby and sapphire may not go as far as Red and blue Where Gold and silver, but it’s still an important part of the series. The success of the games showed that the franchise was not just a passing fad. Both games were eventually remade as Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, allowing new fans to discover the games and old ones to relive them. If artwork like this piece of Spheal stained glass is any indication, the games and their characters won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
Pokemon ruby and sapphire are available now for the Game Boy Advance.
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