Sorry for dropping off the map for a bit (I’ll explain later), but here’s some more sprites based on early 80s video games!

Custom Sprites
– Namco: Mappy (FINALLY!)
– Nintendo: Donkey Kong and Luigi
– Taito: redone and improved Ptolemy
– Williams: Lander and Flyer Model from Defender, Hulk from Robotron: 2084

All these things were added to the GFX Generators, waiting for you to use them in fake screenshots, avatars, graphics and more.

I got yet another commission to make pixel art for a YouTube channel, but this was for a more intricate background. The irony is that most of what I was spriting was 80s-related, keeping me on theme even when I’m not working on the site. I’ll be sure to link to it when it hits the internet.

The commission work may have kept me from doing a few planned updates this month, but those ideas will just get kicked along for later. Thanks to the votes that went into the arcade, I wanted to make an update with characters from early fighting games and beat ’em ups (think Kung-Fu Master, Yie Ar Kung-Fu, Shaolin’s Road, Karate Champ) and that’s something that’ll probably be more fun if I have more time to make material for it. The same goes for another themed update that I won’t describe, but I’ll just say that a sprite in the 15th Anniversary update was a warm-up for that.

This site will be in chill mode for September; not really paused, but there won’t be a lot of new content. There are art programs I’ve bought months ago and it’s time for me to dig in and start learning how to use them. Plus, I’m really tired and need some rest. Updates will stay small until October. You know what’s coming back in October, right? Riiiiiiiiiight.

This site spent most of 2014 celebrating the 25th anniversary of 1989, my favorite year for video games, and the updates were filled with many sprites based on those games, like Final Fight, the Revenge of Shinobi, Golden Axe, Strider, and more. That theme comes back for today’s mini-update because the date is the eighth month’s ninth day.

Custom Portraits: new Street Fighter Alpha/Zero 3 Vs. portraits of Joe Musashi, Poison (and Roxy), Damnd, and Haggar (replacing the horrible one I made two years ago).

The new portraits have been added to the GFX Generators along nine new palettes for Poison (based on Ultra Street Fighter IV) and five for Haggar (based on the Slam Masters/Muscle Bomber series).

The next update will return to the early 1980s with more new sprite remakes of classic characters!

August is the eighth month and that means it’s time to celebrate the 80s! Look, I know that’s what I do on this site most of the time, but most of the focus will be on the early part of the decade, a time that often gets neglected on this site. So let’s fix that right off the bat!

Custom Sprites
Nintendo: Mario (doing the pose from the old U.S. flyer art)
Taito: Bub and Bob
Pac-Man: Ms. Pac-Man (Pac-Man 2 pose)
Games (other): Coily (Q*Bert’s enemy)
Williams: Player 1 and 2 from Joust

Mini-Logos: Joust was added to the Williams/Midway gallery, Bub and Bob added to the Taito gallery

All new items were added to the GFX Generators, where you can use them to make graphics like the one at the top of this post. You’ll also find the new 1980-1986 arcade background. I asked people on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter which seven games from 80 to 86 would they put in their own mini-arcade and picked the ones that got the most choices

I was commissioned to make a pixel art version of the Aaliyah Channel title screen for her trip to the Neon Retro Arcade and, as corny as it sounds, it’s just fun to see a young’un step into an arcade for the first time and be wowed like I was when I was a kid. Check it out and be sure to give her a like and a subscription if you dig it!

There will be a small update this weekend that visits the opposite end of the decade. You know what that means, right?

The Revenge of 1989, the greatest year for nearly everything related to video games, rises from its grave in less than a week!