- A talented Pokemon fan artist is reimagining the Gen 9 Ghost-types, Greavard and Houndstone, in the style of Paper Mario, showcasing their ability to blend different art styles.
- The artist, TimDrawsStuff, has previously transformed Pokemon from the Paldea Region into Paper Mario characters.
- While there are no official collaborations between Pokemon and Paper Mario, this crossover fan art captures the essence of both franchises and brings the Pokemon series back to the 2D era with a new twist.
A creative Pokemon fan artist is reimagining Gen 9 Ghost-types Greavard and Houndstone in the style of the Paper Mario franchise. Crossovers between Pokemon and other games as well as general pop culture touchstones are fairly common within the fan art community. Talented artists, such as this, however, can take two properties with traditionally different art styles and blend them together to make something wholly unique. For example, one Pokemon fan even reimagined Pikachu and Mewtwo as Dragon Ball characters.
Greavard and Houndstone are two newer entries to the National Pokedex as both were introduced in the series’ most recent mainline RPGs, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Greavard, specifically, is remembered for having one of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s most heartbreaking Pokedex entries. Without delving into the depressing specifics, suffice it to say its sad past might explain why its evolved form, Houndstone, is such a loyal Pokemon. On a lighter note, the two particularly sad pups are being recreated in a more lighthearted manner.
Reddit user TimDrawsStuff is sharing their reimagining of Greavard and Houndstone in the style of Paper Mario. The piece is just the latest in the artist’s series in which they transform all the Pokemon of the Paldea Region into Paper Mario characters. In fact, this isn’t even the first set of Paldea dog Pokemon TimDrawsStuff has worked on. The Pokemon fan also recreated Fidough and Dachsbun in the Paper Mario style. Additionally, the artist has already tackled Mashiff and Mabostiff.
TimDrawsStuff captures the essence of both Pokemon while closely adhering to the Paper Mario style. They even bring the piece to life by animating it. As one community member points out, the art style takes the Pokemon video game franchise back to the 2D era, but with a new twist. It’s certainly a bold crossover, but one that works surprisingly well.
While there are no reports of the two franchises collaborating in any capacity, Pokemon and Fire Emblem is one of several gaming crossovers that almost happened. While the idea eventually fell through, it worked out for both franchises as it led to Pokemon Conquest — a crossover of Pokemon and Numbunga’s Ambition — and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, a collaboration between Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei.
Outside of fun and creative fan art like this, Paper Mario fans have something to look forward to as Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is coming to the Nintendo Switch after being trapped on the GameCube since 2004. This comes hot on the heels of another resurfaced Nintendo game, Super Mario RPG, which just launched to overwhelming critical success on the Switch.
Pokemon Scarlet & Pokemon Violet are the main entries in the series for Generation IX. They introduced over 100 new Pokemon and brought players to the Paldea region.
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