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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.
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Zero Suit Samus
Metroid: Zero Mission (2004)/Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS (2014)
Godzilla (1983)/Godzilla: Unleashed (2007)
Guilty Gear (1998)/Guilty Gear Xrd (2014)
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light (1990)/Fire Emblem: Awakening (2013)
William “B.J.” Blazkowicz
Wolfenstein 3D (1992)/Wolfenstein: New Order (2014)