Celebrating 20 years of trading, training and blacking out, Nintendo is releasing a Pokémon Anniversary 3DS bundle, providing the perfect excuse (as if one was necessary) to return to Red and Blue's wistfully nostalgic Kanto region.
These bundles, which launch on February 27th, include copies of the original games, but instead of graphically enhanced remasters they are – for better or worse – the old versions, with the addition of a few bonus features like wireless trading.
Luckily, for those interested in seeing what a polished up, high definition version of Kanto might look like, artist Preston Dunagan has re-built the entire region in Unreal Engine 4. This bird's-eye flyover will be very familiar to any experienced trainer:
The project took Dunagan 7 months and around 600 man hours to complete, the result of which you can check out below. Watch out for a few sneaky easter eggs, such as the much mythologized truck in Vermillion City where that rare minx Mew was rumored to be hiding:
The iconic Kanto region has appeared in ten games over the course of four Pokémon generations, though never in such a stunning state as this. It's mighty impressive work and Dunagan intends on making additional improvements to the textures, though it's rather unlikely to develop into a fully playable mod any time soon.
In the meantime, Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow are available to download on the Nintendo 3DS eShop on February 27.