Karnovember is in full swing on Tumblr and Twitter! It’s time for this site to pay a little tribute to the legend that is Karnov and a few of his friends.

New customs sprites of Karnov, Zako Ninja, and Buki Ninja, and improved Kunoichi sprites have been added to the Bad Dudes gallery and the main GFX Generator.

Speaking of the Custom Sprite galleries, I did a lot of behind-the-scenes work to just about all of them and a few look a bit different. Metroid and Transformers now have their own galleries and other games will get their own pages in future updates. I’m working on something that will replace a lot of the coding on this site, but I’ll explain that once the first upgrade hits.

Stay tuned, there’ll be more small updates very soon!

Custom Sprites
Nintendo – Samus Aran, Donkey Kong Jr. and the Ice Climbers
Data East – Karnov (new pose in his original look)
Illmosis – Nutroll (new fight stance sprite)

Mini-logos
Data East: Trio the Punch
Nintendo: Ice Climbers

The new sprites and logos have been added to the new fighter scale GFX Generator. That generator also got the gold 16×16 font from Fighter’s History Dynamite/Karnov’s Revenge and the “Mego WGSH 176×192” got a new set of Data East portrait bubbles!


As a celebrator of Karnovember, it’s my duty to send you a link to the Karnovember Tumblr tag, because that’s where I first heard about it. I’ll be doing my part to add content to that tag soon.


recent stuff elsewhere:
Gaming Hell just added a page about Namco’s Numan Athletics and Mach Breakers, their super-powered sports games. There’s some really cool info in there, including a few things to prove that the games are linked!

Shadi dipped into the legendary Taito vault by adding shrines for Bubble Bobble, Puzzle Bobble and Kuri Kinton to Arcade Quartermaster


There’s a reason why I managed to build an update so random that I couldn’t come up with a cohesive, goofy news post title. The plan was to drop a mini-update last Friday with Samus, the Ice Climbers and DK Jr. and build up to a full Karnovember update and an update with Illmosis characters (with Nutroll). That was until I was worn out by extra work at my day job, something that was going on for a while but really kicked into high gear last week. Combined with some sinus-related fun, I feel like I’ve been dropkicked down an elevator shaft and that includes pains in my drawing and spriting hand. Honestly, I probably need to rest for a little bit anyway, but this makes it obvious. I’ll be back in effect mode by early December, if not sooner. As Guru once said, “Peace out, we’ll be back, stay tuned.”

First, let’s wrap up November’s business.


I planned to make a bunch of sprites based on my own characters to celebrate the main Illmosis site’s anniversary month, but a lot of things got in the way. The biggest is that I wanted to redesign many of the characters I was going to sprite. Two of those characters made it through, though: Exponent and Hostyle. Along with a new sprite of Nutroll, they kick off the long overdue Illmosis character section in the Illmosis gallery. You’ll also see a lot of sprites that were only on the Illmosis site until now. The out-of-scale Endless Duck sprite from 2011 was finally added to the ScrollBoss section, too.

I’ve also made a new SFA3 portrait for Karnov to replace the old E.Honda-edited version to rep Karnovember a bit more.

Finally, the prints in the shop are on sale until this Sunday, November 6th. 8×10 and 8×11 prints are $4.50 each while the 11 x 17 prints $8.50 each. Anyone looking for a wider variety of prints should check the Illmosis site print page, because it goes beyond the video game theme of this site.

Cyber Week will continue with… actual cyborgs? Word! BUT WHO? Even more mysteriously, which characters will segue into another round of themed updates later this month? No one really cares, but stay tuned anyway!

Friends, it’s that time of year when we give thanks to someone who has brought so much joy into our lives and made us the people we are today. This man has given so much, but always asked for much more in return. So let’s celebrate gaming’s favorite fire-breathing, Tyrannosaurus Rex-beating strongman and master of cameos, Karnov! Be sure to check out the Karnovember on Tumblr to see more Karnov appreciation!

I’ve improved the “Karnov: Bad Dudes stance” I made last year and added outfits from Fighter’s History and his cameo in Street Hoops. These sprites have been added to the Data East gallery and GFX Generators. A Karnov’s Revenge-style Karnov logo and the Fighter’s History mini-logos have been added to the Data East mini-logo page.

edit: I don’t know why I kept referring to Street Hoop as Street Hoops, but I’ll clear that up in the other parts of the site once I get the chance.

This site has spent most of this year celebrating the 25th anniversary of 1989, easily one of the most llama butt-whipping years in the history of video games. It’s so dense with digital greatness that I couldn’t give dap to all things to which dap is due, even with nearly a year to work on the theme. The clock is winding down and this update is an attempt to strengthen the custom sprite galleries (and image generator banks) of those games.




Custom Sprites – The following changes were made to the galleries:
Data East: Karnov (new scratch-made sprites in outfits from Karnov, Bad Dudes, Sly Spy and Trio the Punch)
Capcom: Crash Man, Strobaya (Strider)
Final Fight: Damnd and Jessica Haggar
Konami: Strongwoman from S.P.Y.: Special Project Y
Sega: Joe Musashi (1 new sprite, 1 improved sprite), Yamato, Neo-Zeed Leader, Queen of the Oasis
Golden Axe: new gallery page with new Gilius Thunderhead sprite
Tecmo: Ryu Hayabusa, Irene Lew
TMNT: Raphael

GFX Generator – All new sprites were added to the proper characters (they’re at the top of the “Update” character list). There’s also a new background: the 1989 arcade!


YouTube user Cralfer put together a video that showcases many of the multi-plane beat ’em ups released before Final Fight was in 1989. You’ll see a lot of obscure titles in here!


That’s all for this update, but don’t be surprised to see a bit more newness added to the site before the year is out. Also, even after the year-long 1989 theme is over, I’ve decided that every August 9th (1989) will be dedicated to 1989’s Revenge. Take care and I hope your holidays are happy!