It's not that bad, is it?
Also, with anything commercial, time is much more important and most players have no idea what banding is, nor do they care, they just want to play the game as soon as possible.
I also feel that people who don't see themselves as pixel artist just blames all the faults on the medium instead of a lack of understanding of the medium.. Like, "This is good enough for pixel art.." or "Meh, it's pixelart so yeah it's gonna look a bit bad.."
Let's put aside the pixel technique. Obviously the technique is bad but I would bet there are a lot more interesting things we can bring up about the art. What I am noticing is that some of the pokemon sprites have compositional problems. Others have noodly appendages and anatomy quirks that doesn't seem intentional. I think there's plenty of stuff you shouldn't need to be a pixel artist to notice with these sprites.
But then again I just read that Ken Sugimori worked at the original Red/Green versions as a character and pokemon designer. Whatever was the deal with stylistic inconsistencies, he has definitely become a stronger artist over time.
Quick notes glancing through each pokemon.Bulbasaur:
Something tells me that it's not a smart idea to have its legs cover both sides of its mouth.Ivysaur:
Only one leaf is visible. More visible leaves might do this some justice.Squirtle:
This sprite has bad readability. The mouth would be more readable if that mouth cluster was black. The arms are also short so the raised arm appears to be part of its shell, but the solution is to make that arm longer.Wartortle and Blastoise:
Wonky forms are wonky. So many parts are shaded the same way so it flattens the forms.Caterpie:
Noise under its mouth.Beedril:
Aaahahaha, I can relate when I've seen plenty of pony artists who draw hind legs much like humans. Beedril's legs are structured like a pair super-simplified human legs. I noticed that in later versions Beedril's 'foot' is much larger now.Pidgey Family:
Did the spriter know how wings work? The anatomy is different from each evolution. Pigeot has the most confusing composition.Spearow:
Readability, dammit! I can't tell how the wing is attached to the body.Ekans:
Interesting head anatomy. iirc snakes do not have a brow and I am not sure what the brow is adding to the design.Arbok:
The body looks like one of a worm, not a snake. Same for Ekans. Not sure how a more proper texture would work out, but possibly they made the body worm-like for the sake of ease.Pikachu:
One leg appears to be different from the other.Raichu:
Two visual tangents: the arm touching the ear, and the tail touching the underside.Sandslash:
The raised leg appears shrunken.Golbat:
Haha, how is that tongue attached to its mouth? Composition is also a tad confusing.
There's a lot of pokemon to go through but I'll stop here for now. Other stuff for me to do atm now