The 8th month is in its 9th day, and that’s the day this site pays tribute to a year unlike any other year: 1989. That year was so packed that I dedicated a small section of the site to it in 2009, the 20th anniversary of so many of this site’s favorite games that I just put it all in one update. In 2014, the 25th anniversary, I spent nearly the whole year doing updates with nothing but 1989-related content, because doing updates filled with Final Fight, the Revenge of Shinobi, Strider, Golden Axe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kinda just looked like regular site updates here anyway. Now it’s a yearly thing here, where even non-game items from 1989 get in on the fun. Now we’ve got the info dump out of the way, let’s get on to what’s new to the site today!

Custom Sprites:
Altered Beast (new gallery): redone Werewolf
Bad Dudes (new gallery): Kunoichi
Castlevania: Trevor f***ing Belmont
Double Dragon: the annoying ninja from the NES version of Double Dragon II: the Revenge
Final Fight: Abigail
Jaleco: acrobat enemy from Astyanax (arcade)
Mario series: Princess Daisy
Mega Man (new gallery): Mega Man (scratch-made jump shot to match the MvC sprites), Heat Man, Wood Man, Bubble Man
Sega: Ashra (Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle)
Shinobi: redone Joe Musashi (RoS)
Strider: redone Hiryu (all-new arcade sprite remake), Rascal
Other games: Yuko (Valis series)
Movies: the Joker (Jack Nicholson), Ah Jong and Li Ying (the Killer), Tina (Do the Right Thing)

Mini-Logos:
Nintendo: Princess Daisy
Telenet: Valis
Human: Human, Fire Pro Wrestling: Combination Tag
Spike Chunsoft: Spike Chunsoft
Movies: the Killer (Hong Kong and English logos)

All the sprites and most of the logos have been added to the image generators so you can make your own fake screenshots and graphics. New to the main fighting-scale generator is a remake of the beginning of scene 2 from the arcade TMNT game.


Here’s a couple of reminders about recent games that just happen to be linked to 1989:

River City Ransom: Underground from Conatus Creative Inc., a revival of Technos’ English localization of Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari (1989), plays more like something fans like myself hope and dream for than something we’d actually get. It expands everything, from the combat system stats and storyline all the way down to lovingly crafted item descriptions., but adds enough of its own spark to make it feel fresh. Yes, it’s tough in the beginning, but so was the original River City Ransom when I played it, so their changing things up a bit actually makes it feel more like the first time of playing the old RCR than the hundredth. That’s not an easy magic trick to pull, but the crew at Conatus did it.

You’ve probably at least heard someone mention Fire Pro Wrestling World recently. and there’s a lot of reasons for it. Picking up where FPW Returns for PS2 (which I also own) left off means that it’s already deeper than any wrestling game you’ll find on the market now, even though it’s only in Early Access. It’s not your average wrestling game and takes a while to adjust to the timing-based play style, but search the internet and you’ll find enough info to help you get into the game. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to know what kind of Edit Wrestlers I’ve made for it so far (nothing good enough to upload yet).


That wraps up this year’s Revenge of 1989. I know I didn’t get around to a lot of games (I’ve still got a few sketches that I didn’t have a chance to turn into sprites yet), so I apologize for any of your favorite games being left out. Maybe I’ll get to some of those others (like Alpha Denshi’s Gang Wars) next year.

How do you follow up an update with a theme? Have an update with no theme at all!

Custom sprites
Golden Axe: new fight stance sprites for Ax Battler and Gilius
Games (Other): Lara Croft
DC Comics: Beast Boy
Marvel Comics: the Vision
Masters of the Universe (new separate gallery!): He-Man in his “I have the power pose”

All of those sprites have been added to the GFX Generators, where you can make a graphics like the one at the top of this post.

Also, the person who commissioned me to make some sprites that’d fit in with Konami’s TMNT arcade style gave me permission to add those sprites to the TMNT gallery. If you’re a fan of the 80s toyline and cartoon, I hope you’ll like those surprises.

A small wrap-up update drops tomorrow!


I was too busy for Wonder Woman Day a while back, so I’m making up for it today. Wonder Woman’s character slot in the GFX Generators now has a new mini-logo (early 90s version) and a new portrait made from a picture that I haven’t finished inking yet. I know I usually use (and credit) preexisting art for the MSH and CotA portraits, but They’re available as part of her character in the main GFX Generator and the separate MSH Vs. and X-Men: CotA Vs. generators.

Beating River City Ransom: Underground this week kept me in the mood for spriting more characters in the original NES game’s style. I’m still trying to find a balance between sticking in that original game’s look and trying more unique things like RCR:U did. Today’s batch features do-overs for sprites I’d edited from RCR sprites years ago (the Lee Bros. and some Street Fighter stalwarts), other teenage characters (including five with attitude), a few clownish characters (including my own character, Nutroll) and one man who will pity these fools.

also, one character that I thought I’d done for the Megaman NES style finally gets his turn:

You can now have such a thing as Thunderball Fists!

They’ve been added to the River City Ransom custom sprite page and, of course, the Fake Screenshot generator.

The Mega Man NES Boss Intro and Boss select screens now work in the new GFX Generator engine, and the Fakeshot (8-bit) generator has been update to use the v.2 versions, including the Shops from the separate River City Ransom Shop generator that was upgraded last week. New Mega Man-stype edits: Hawkwoman/Hawkgirl (DC Comics), Dr. Octopus (Marvel Comics), Doctor Emmitt Brown (Back to the Future) and Doctor Detroit.


The River City Ransom Shop generator was updated, too! Two new shops have been added: Good Burger, Daddy Green’s Pizza. New sprites include Ed (Good Burger), Lester Oakes (dissatisfied Good Burger customer), Daddy Green (the Last Dragon), the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (they heard a new pizza place was available!), Paul (River City Ransom: Underground), Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers, Batsu and Hinata (Rival Schools).

Those new sprites have been added to the Mega Man NES and River City Ransom custom sprite galleries

That’s not all! X-Men: CotA portraits of Jubilee and Gambit (made from Jim Lee art) have been added to the X-Men:CotA and main image generators!

Also: the part of the GFX Generator where you enter text now has a border for each entry and description so you’ll know exactly what’s what. Well, in the generator, not life itself.

Also: I’ve got FOUR commission slots open! Check out the Illmosis.net commissions page for all the details on how you can get me to make a sprite or two for you!

Time to wrap it up, B!

Custom Sprites


(edit: I’m so tired that I didn’t even describe the new stuff)
DC Comics: Supergirl’s 2nd new sprite this year (didn’t have time to sprite her t-shirt and skirt outfit version until after the toy update)
Data East: a sprite of the Bad Dudes intro guy (an earlier version of the sprite was in the Mission Statement video) along with improved Blade and Striker sprites
Capcom: slightly-better Ton Pooh (and sisters) sprites
All sprites have been added to the main image generator.

First of all, let’s see all of the sprites that hit the galleries this year:


That’s not even counting sprites that were just in videos, like Link and Zelda with Triforces…

… and other things that I’m saving for later (a few were teased in this post).

One of the biggest goals this year was the rewrite of the image generator engine. The hard work paid off in a lot of big (the looser layer format allows for far better screen set-ups) and small ways (those links on the frame menu work on every appropriate screen). 2016 was spent getting it to work, converting the old content to the new format and working on new behind-the-scene tools for the new formats. The 2017 goal will be to convert the other generators and show you how much more the new engine can do now.


I’m not the only one doing a 2016 wrap-up, so check out these other party people out there doing the same!
VGJunk “THE 2016 VGJUNK REVIEW!”
Shunju Forest: “End of year post 2016 edition”


Just in case you haven’t heard, Arc System Works has announced Double Dragon IV for Playstation 4 and PC/Steam.

Some people may see the NES-centric style as a step back, but those were the last games where the series had a serious grip on gamers’ hearts. It doesn’t hurt that they seem to be leaning heavily on the NES version of Double Dragon II, a fan favorite which also made it into the NES Classic Edition (if you managed to get one). I hope this game turns out to be the start of more Double Dragon games, maybe even Double Dragon Neon 2.


Heads-up: there’s a game dev bundle on Humble Bundle right now that you may want to check out, even if you’re just thinking of trying your hand at making a game. One of the programs at the basic pay level, Spriter Pro, has a lot of praise from pixel artists and I’ll finally have my own chance to work with it.


I’m tired of typing, so I made a video to look back at the promo vids for 2016, including some new and altered clips just for this video. There’s also… never mind, it’s better if you see it for yourself.


Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you in mid-January 2017!

You know, I think you’ve been a really good group of girls and boys this year, so I think I’ll let you open your gifts early this time. No corduroy pants and hats this year, it’s all toys!

Toys and Cartoons: Teela, Beast Man, Panthro, Rom: Spaceknight, Megatron, Kimber Benton
G.I. JOE: Snake-Eyes (figure 1), Cobra Commander, Destro, Cobra Trooper
DC Comics: Supergirl, Martian Manhunter (the sprite seen in the JLA pixel art poster)
Marvel Comics: Doctor Doom (Secret Wars ’84 outfit)

All those sprites are also in the new, main GFX Generator, along with two new toy card tributes and a new MotU font:

As always, many of the sprites, especially the Cobra Trooper, have extra palettes in the GFX Generator that aren’t seen in the main custom sprite galleires. After all, there’s no such thing as having too many Cobra Troopers!


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Elsewhere…

Arcade Quartermaster is getting 2017 started early with a group of new shrines: Star Wars arcade (hey, Star Wars toys are also a favorite), Outfoxies, Narc and Outrun!


Thanks for the stopping by and I hope you have a good time, no matter which holidays you celebrate!

New sprites of Wonder Woman and Cheetah sprites have just been added to the DC Gallery and main GFX Generator! Besides updating this post, I’ve uploaded a fixed Minvera Cheetah sprite, a new Deborah Dormaine version of the sprite and a mini-logo version of the logo that Minerva and Dormaine had in DC’s old Who’s Who series.

No, this wasn’t meant to tie into any current news story, but it’s part of what I wanted to do for Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary. By the time it rolled around, I only had 70’s and 80’s Wonder Woman sprites ready and Cheetah was only a sketch then. So, more unfinished business settled!

BTW: that Wonder Woman sprite is pretty much the same one I made and used in that JLA pixel art print that’s available in the shop, (hint hint).

Today is the eighth month’s ninth day, which mean this site celebrates 1989, the greatest year in video game history*!


This site even has a sub-section dedicated to the year for reasons you’ll see mentioned there. Then again, you’ll probably figure out why once you see all the stuff I’m celebrating (and there’s still a lot left out). Everything in this update is linked to that magical year when many of this site’s favorite games, series, consoles and more debuted. Unfortunately, there’s so much stuff that I couldn’t even fit it into 3 screenshots, so, as a first, the sprite preview is a video!

Custom Sprites:
Capcom: Quick Man added to Mega Man section.
– – Final Fight: two new scratch-made Cody sprites!
– – Strider (new separate section): (a new Tom Pooh sprite (and redone colors on the hand-up pose) in the Strider section

Nintendo: Tatanga (Super Mario Land)

Sega: scratch-made E-SWAT’s police ICE armor and enemy unknown/File 96 enemies
– – Golden Axe: resprited Tyris Flare fight stance
– – Shinobi: new scratch-made Pink Dragon and redone Kasumi sprites

Sunsoft: Tuff Turf’s heroes and lady added.

Technos: new standing sprites for Kunio, Riki, Hasebe, Alex and Ryan

Games(other): Prince of Persia (original) added.

DC Comics: the Joker in the 1989 NES Batman stance
Music: new gallery starts with new Chuck D (Public Enemy) sprite and older sprites and sprite edits.
Toys ‘n Toons: Marge, Lisa and Bart Simpson. The Simpsons cartoon started in 1989!
G.I. JOE: Snake-Eyes in his version 3 (1989) outfit
TMNT: Krang (in his standing pose from the 1989 beat ’em up)

Mini-Logos: Prince of Persia (Jordan Mechner), Public Enemy (Music) and the Simpsons (Television) added.

The new custom sprites and mini-logos have been added to the GFX Generators.

My apologies to any fans of 1989 games who were left out, like Mendel Palace/Quinty, Double Dragon 2(NES), Astyanax, Crime City, and dozens more. There are too many good 1989 games to celebrate and many of my older sprites needed to be redone. Let me know about your favorite 1989 games and characters in the comment section!

* – 1989 being the greatest game year is hyperbole mostly for fun, but also designed to drive disagreement-induced hits, but at least this website admits it.

The first anniversary update was all gaming characters, but now it’s time give a few comic and toy license characters some love!


Custom Sprites:
DC Comics: Black Canary (an early version was seen in the site promo videos)
Marvel Comics: a new Wasp sprite. Don’t worry, I’ll make more outfits for her later!
TMNT: Shredder (same pose as the 2013 sprite, but redrawn & resprited to look much better)
G.I.JOE: Snake-Eyes and Scarlett. BTW: an early version of Scarlett’s sprite was in the unannounced new banner displayed only on July 4th this year.

All sprites were added to the aforementioned GFX Generators (the old GroupShot and Vs generators). Wasp’s new sprite has slightly different colors than her 2011-2012 sprites, but I remade all her old palettes, because Jan’s gotta switch things up. Snake-Eyes’ new sprite also has multiple palettes.

Also: that Chun-Li pic I drew last month is now in the prints section of the site’s Shop page!

So we saw video game heroes yesterday and 80s nostalgia today, but things take a turn for the sinister tomorrow with an all-villain update!