From pixels to polygons: 2D game characters get a 3D facelift

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While people wrinkle and sag with old age, video-game characters keep looking better and better. I absolutely love retro pixel sprites, but I have to admit modern gaming technology makes everything a whole lot nicer to look at. See for yourselves in these side-by-side comparisons.

Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link (1987) The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (2011)


Ghosts n’ Goblins (1985) Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (2011)

Captain America

Captain America and the Avengers (1991) Captain America: Super Soldier (2011)

Marty McFly

Super Back to the Future 2 (1993) Back to the Future: The Game (2010)

The Prince

Prince of Persia (1989) Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (2010)


Final Fantasy 2 (1988) Final Fantasy 13 (2010)

King Hippo

Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! (1987) Punch-Out!! (2009)


Final Fight (1989) Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition (2011)


Mortal Kombat (1992) Mortal Kombat (2011)

Solid Snake

Metal Gear (1987) Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008)

See how other game characters have evolved by clicking here.

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