GamesBeat

From pixels to polygons: 2D characters get three-dimensional

Years of Nazi torture will do that to your face.

Above: Years of Nazi torture will do that to your face.

Image Credit: Samir Torres/GamesBeat

With video game visuals looking more photo-realistic with each new generation, it’s hard to believe characters used to resemble flat, squared waffles not long ago.

Let’s travel back in time a few decades to see what your favorite heroes — plus an evil pig-man and a six-time NBA champion — looked like without their fancy 3D makeup on.

Click here for more pixels to polygons comparisons.


Zero Suit Samus

Zero Suit Samus
Metroid: Zero Mission (2004)/Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS (2014)