Back in the '80s I was perfectly happy with the 8-bit graphics of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Sega Master System (SMS). Once I saw the improved visuals of the Genesis and Super Nintendo (SNES), though, it was hard to go back.
I selected 10 classic characters at random to show you how much nicer their sprites look thanks to the wider color palette of 16-bit consoles.
|Streets of Rage 2 (SMS)||Streets of Rage 2 (Genesis)|
|Mega Man (NES)||Mega Man 7 (SNES)|
|Alex Kidd in Miracle World (SMS)||Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle (Genesis)|
|Final Fantasy (NES)||Final Fantasy VI (SNES)|
|Ecco the Dolphin (SMS)||Ecco the Dolphin (Genesis)|
|Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)||Super Mario All-Stars (SNES)|
|Space Harrier (SMS)||Space Harrier II (Genesis)|
|The Legend of Zelda (NES)||TLoZ: A Link to the Past (SNES)|
|Shinobi (SMS)||Revenge of Shinobi (Genesis)|
|Mighty Final Fight (NES)||Final Fight (SNES)|