Was going through Lily Swamp Romp the other day checking for any additional bugs that I may have missed on my last run a few months back. Most, if not all, of the bugs I found this time around have already been corrected and sent off to Lightvayne for insertion. However, as I was testing, I noticed something appeared horribly off. Somehow the aesthetic quality felt wrong. As I went in to to fix up all of the other problems I took notice of, I realized the original forest BG had been converted from layer 2 to layer 3. Yea, I vaguely remember seeing something about this in the past now that I think about it, and I guess the whole change sort of escaped me. I can only assume it was changed as a space saving measure, because I can't imagine the original quality of the BG was compromised for any other reason.
Anyway, I've been trying to fix the palette up as best as I can to retain the original atmosphere of the old layer 2 BG, especially since the current version looks like an ugly pastel smear. Unfortunately, with less colors, I can only do so much. I took a few snapshots for comparison and just wanted to get some opinions on the matter.
With Original Layer 2 Background:
With Converted Layer 3 Background as it is currently in the Base ROM:
With Layer 3 Background after updating the palette to the colors used in the original Layer 2 version:
With Layer 3 Background using another variation of the original colors to try and help mask the two color loss:
Honestly, I'm upset the conversion even took place, and I'm still unhappy with the updated results. The updated versions do look a hell of a lot better, though, especially the trunks. Still, the greenery feels too muddled and appears to be a bit on the brighter side overall. Can thank the color loss for that. Of course, my vote would be to reinsert the original Layer 2 version. But I don't see that happening, which is a shame, because the Layer 3 version looks, to be perfectly blunt, absolute shite. However, the final picture seems to represent the original look and mood the best to me and I can send an updated palette if anyone else agrees. Thoughts?