Breakin’ News


There are three really big Kickstarter projects closing in on the home stretch that are related to the kind of games featured on this site. Instead of laughing at my bad, rushed fan art up there, check out the project descriptions!

Mighty No. 9 – Created by a team of classic Mega Man stalwarts and led by Keiji Inafune, Mighty No. 9 looks to be more than just a spiritual successor to the Blue Bomber’s series and more like a new beginning for the creators themselves to bring fans the kind of game we all want. This project was funded with the quickness and is now blasting its way through some stretch goals that would make the game even better.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – WayForword’s blessed us with some great licensed revivals recently, including Duck Tales Remastered and Double Dragon Neon. This Kickstarter is to help get their own classic platforming hero, Shantae, into a brand-new game for her to run, jump, dance and whip her hair through. This project has been funded (AW YEAH!) and is whipping its way to the stretch goal of a new mode with Shantae’s nemesis, Risky Boots!

River City Ransom: Underground – A group named Conatus Creative started this one to fund a true, official follow-up River City Ransom, one of the greatest beat-em-ups of all time. The crew promises more of everything, including characters, locations, items, the works. They even have Yoshihisa Kishimoto, the creator of Kunio-Kun and Double Dragon series, as an advisor on the project. This project isn’t getting the attention it deserves, so I hope others spread the word about this along with the other projects.

I know money’s tight, especially with three Kickstarters like this going on that the same time, but I hope those who can spare the money will at least donate a little bit to help out those projects. These projects, especially River City Ransom: Underground, really need the word spread about them, because a lot of people haven’t even heard this is going on. Please post about these games anywhere you can!

My earlier reason for putting the site on hold for a bit (details here) just got compounded by more activity book commission work. I’ve got a feeling that it’ll probably kill most of my Halloween plans for the site, so here’s an update that’s a mix of things I planned to post later, some catch-up/clean-up work and some word-spreading for all those classic side-scroller Kickstarters wandering around.

GFX Generators – Three fonts from Street Fighter Alpha 2 and the font from Bad Dudes vs. Dragonninja were added to the GroupShot generator.
Vs. & Group chars updated:
Haggar (new sprites and SFA3 Vs. portrait)
Burnov (new Capcom-like sprite)
Abobo (SFA3 Vs. portrait & SFA3 Vs. name)
Hawk – Vendetta/CF2 (improved sprite, new palettes & SFA3 Vs. name)
Vs. & Group chars NEW!:

Shantae (with new non-SD sprite and mini-logo)
Kate – Vendetta/CF2 (All-new sprite + SFA3 Vs. name)

FakeShot update: NES style (Beck from Mighty No. 9 added)

Custom Sprites – Due to the huge amount of custom sprites based on characters from the series (and there will definitely be more new ones in the fugure), Final Fight now has its own gallery page. The new Haggar sprites are there along with some sprites that I forgot to add before (including Poison, Roxy, Jake and Simmons). Burnov was added to the Technos gallery. Kate from Vendetta/Crime Fighters 2 was added to the Konami gallery. Shantae is rightfully the first sprite to grace the new WayForward custom sprite gallery


Breakin’ News


There are three really big Kickstarter projects closing in on the home stretch that are related to the kind of games featured on this site. Instead of laughing at my bad, rushed fan art up there, check out the project descriptions!

Mighty No. 9 – Created by a team of classic Mega Man stalwarts and led by Keiji Inafune, Mighty No. 9 looks to be more than just a spiritual successor to the Blue Bomber’s series and more like a new beginning for the creators themselves to bring fans the kind of game we all want. This project was funded with the quickness and is now blasting its way through some stretch goals that would make the game even better.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – WayForword’s blessed us with some great licensed revivals recently, including Duck Tales Remastered and Double Dragon Neon. This Kickstarter is to help get their own classic platforming hero, Shantae, into a brand-new game for her to run, jump, dance and whip her hair through.

River City Ransom: Underground – A group named Conatus Creative started this one to fund a true, official follow-up River City Ransom, one of the greatest beat-em-ups of all time. The crew promises more of everything, including characters, locations, items, the works. They even have Yoshihisa Kishimoto, the creator of Kunio-Kun and Double Dragon series, as an advisor on the project. This project isn’t getting the attention it deserves, so I hope others spread the word about this along with the other projects.

I know money’s tight, especially with three Kickstarters like this going on that the same time, but I hope those who can spare the money will at least donate a little bit to help out those projects. Even spreading the word and linking to the projects will help get them funded or hit those stretch goals.

First of all, I want to thank all the people who spread the word about the River City Ransom Shop generator. That helped turn the tide against the last few crappy weeks I’ve had. I was going to wait a bit longer for another update, but I’m putting another small update together just for you.

Custom Sprites – the Vanillaware gallery page opens with 8-bit Dragon’s Crown sprites of the six heroes and Morgan.

GFX Generators – The RCR Shop Generator turned out to be something people like, so I came back a week early to keep that momentum going.

Fake Screenshots:
– Screenstyles: River City Ransom NES Shop screenstyle: new BG’s: the Double Dragon Dojo, Gilius’ shop from Shining in the Darkness, Haggar’s Gym and Morgan’s shop from Dragon’s Crown.
– Sprite sets: Double Dragon – NES (new with the whole cast), RCR/Kunio-Kun SD NES style edits (separated category with new edits, including Abobo, Wendy Milan (requested by my niece), Gilius Thunderhead), NES – other games (I’m too lazy to list them, so see for yourself), Custom 8-bit sprites (new, with the Dragon’s Crown sprites that don’t fit any other game’s style).

Special note: the “RCR SD NES variable colors” char selection has edited RCR/DNM sprites with the same large palette collection. There are a lot of different combinations of skin and clothing colors. Have fun with it, but beware that the palette selection page might take a while to load. More color combos might be added even after this update post.

There’s been a pause in the commission project (though I’m still doing some fixes on the pages), so I’ve put a little update together. Sure, I should be resting, but I’m dumb like that.

GFX Generators – The River City Ransom Shop screen has been added to the Fake Screenshot generator.

You’ll find sprites of Alex, Ryan, Kunio, Riki and the shopkeepers along with all the shop backgrounds from the game, but you’ll also find a few custom-made RCR sprites and store backgrounds, too. It’s in the same generator set as those Mega Man NES screens, so you can mix and match sprites with those, too. I’ll be adding more shops and shopkeepers in later updates, so some of the obvious picks (like Auto and the bolt shop) will be in later updates.

Sprites – Playing Dragon’s Crown reminded me that this site doesn’t have much from Data East’s Dark Seal series of isometric dungeon crawling arcade games, so I just gave it a sprite gallery. I’ll add to it in later updates. I also made a little Tumblr post with Freya, the original heroic, saucy sorceress.


Breakin’ News


Dragon’s Crown hit the PS3 and Vita last week. I pre-ordered the game and got the artbook, one of the few times I’ve pre-ordered a game EVER. It’s an incredibly fun hack-and-slash game with an old-school spirit infused with it’s own unique flavor. Those who are into D&D, Frank Frazetta paintings, 80’s barbarian/amazon movies and classic sword-and-sorcery video games might enjoy this one, especially with all the references to those things being scattered throughout the game. Yes, there’s some saucy artwork in it, so it’s not for the kids, faint of heart, etc. Personally, this is my kind of game, I’m glad that I bought it, and I hope it sells enough copies to get a sequel.


Duck Tales Remastered, produced by WayForward, is out now, but I don’t have it just yet. The remake of Capcom’s NES classic looks like another labor of love from the WayForward crew, even more than their usual level of awesome. It’s available on PSN, Steam, and X-Box Live.

Another mini-update. 100% mini-logos!

Mini-Logos
Capcom: Forgotten Worlds
DC Comics: Black Lightning
Jaleco: Hachoo, Rushing Beat
Marvel Comics: Rocket Raccoon
Nintendo: Link (Zelda II style)
Square Enix: Moon Diver
SNK: Metal Slug, P.O.W., Psycho Soldier, Robo Army
Taito: Elevator Action, Elevator Action Deluxe, Kunoichi (Ninja Warriors & Ninja Warriors Again)
Technos: River City Ransom

Thursday’s update: Custom sprites (including two monster/horror themed sprites) and the GIANT GFX Generator update. Be ready!