From 8-bits to 16-bits: Video game characters show off a sexier figure

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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

Mega Man (NES) Mega Man 7 (SNES)

Alex Kidd

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

Space Harrier (SMS) Space Harrier II (Genesis)


The Legend of Zelda (NES) TLoZ: A Link to the Past (SNES)

Joe Musashi

Shinobi (SMS) Revenge of Shinobi (Genesis)

Mike Haggar

Mighty Final Fight (NES) Final Fight (SNES)

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