Gameception: Man Programs ‘Pokemon Red’ Inside of ‘Minecraft’

YouTube talent “MrSquishy” has been a very busy individual within the game of “Minecraft.” Specifically, he has invested over 21 months, nearly two years, of his time in order to program a fully functional version of “Pokemon Red” inside of the voxel-based exploration game. Despite all of the effort involved, MrSquishy is a seasoned professional at this game-within-a-game approach to design and has previously managed to fully program “Pac-Man” within Minecraft, complete with a voxel arcade cabinet.

 

MrSquishy’s newest offering allows users to play Pokemon Red inside of an unmodded version of Minecraft. MrSquishy has been able to accomplish these coding feats due to understanding that Minecraft’s code contains command blocks. Because there is no way by which a person can just upload the ROM of a given game, he had to manually code in every element of Pokemon Red, even going as far as recreating several of the iconic glitches and exploits of the handheld title. Because presentation can be just as important as execution, MrSquishy’s “Pokemon: Minecraft Edition” includes an entire Pokemon-themed battle stadium surrounded by massive voxel sculptures of a Blastoise, a Venusaur and a Charizard practically holding a massive red version of the Game Boy Pocket handheld gaming device which serves as the display device to play MrSquishy’s “transcribed” edition of Pokemon Red.

 

Actually starting up a game of MrSquishy’s Pokemon involves using a pulsing book item. The player is then presented with six pages of options that include activating or deactivating the controls for Pokemon Red, changing the settings and controls for the game and even changing the colors of the Game Boy Pocket’s frame and case to reflect the equipment users may have had back in the late 1990s.

 

Rather than having to make a series of button presses to physically navigate a player’s Minecraft avatar to push the giant buttons on the monolithic Game Boy Pocket, all of the controls for this version of Pokemon Red are governed by keyboard inputs. While the directional inputs are easy to understand, the other four buttons are keyed to the spacebar, shift, “F” and “Q” keys.