Hooray! Aspiring artists and 3DS owners alike rejoice, because Nintendo has confirmed that Pokemon Art Academy will be heading west this fall. The game, which will help teach players how to draw Pokemon of increasing difficulty using the Nintendo 3DS stylus, may well be worth it just for the adorable Pokemon drawings.
Here's a Pokemon Art Academy sales pitch from Nintendo of America Marketing VP Scott Moffitt, who I doubt really cares about learning to draw Pokemon:
"The Pokémon characters themselves are among the most endearing and enduring aspects of the Pokémon video games, with everyone having their own favorite. Pokémon Art Academy lets fans deepen their connection with these iconic characters by providing detailed lessons teaching how to draw them on their Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS in a straightforward and enjoyable way."
Including 40 different lessons on how to draw Pokemon, Pokemon Art Academy will hopefully include features to encourage players to draw all of the Pokemon. Can you imagine a, "Gotta draw them all," pitch? That'd be great! you could have a full Pokedex of drawings. For now, however, the only confirmed Pokemon in the game are: Pikachu, Oshawott, Charizard, Torchic, Fletchling and Fennekin.
Personally I expect all of my Pokemon drawings to look like a mix between Ditto, Snorlax and Mr. Mime, but Pokemon Art Academy is still something I can support. I was never able to learn drawing fundamentals as I grew up. I could glaze a pot and paint an abstract collage, but it never really got through my head to draw geometric shapes to start off a full figure. Hopefully Pokemon Art Acadamy can help even an old man like me. If anything I can at least look at all the cute Pokemons.
Pokemon Art Academy will be released later this year digitally via the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Hopefully we'll have more information soon.