Dragon Twins

Dragon Twins

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Dragon Twins

Title: Dragon Twins
Pixel Artist: Carnivac  (Level 8 Behemoth :: 21334 points)
Posted: 9/22/2011 23:42
Palette: 15 colors
Statistics:  24 comments    59 faves    0 avatars

An example screenshot of a NES style project I was doing as an exercise to put some limitations on myself so projects don't spiral out of control but also cos I just like the look the NES's limits put on it's own games (and also it's a relatively small and easy project to get done given that I don't have much free time these days). I created this with the advice of people on a NES development forum to help learn the whole sprites/background tiles seperate palettes quirks of the NES and some of the stuff you might think is sprites is actually background tiles such as the chests, crates and animated coins (the main use of black areas is to put loads of coin tiles without needing them to be sprites).  Am sure it looks pretty ugly to some people but I'm quite pleased with it so far. 

The sprite palettes are set up of green, pink, blue and red which is because the green and pink dragons upgrade into blue and red when they have got their power ups (blue is ice and red is fire) and there's several co-operative moments in levels designed for a second player to join the first ingame and access extra rooms and bonuses similar in a way to the superb LittleBigPlanet.

This particular NES palette was taken from www.thealmightyguru.com/Games/Hacking/Wiki/index.php


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Carnivac (Level 8 Behemoth) @ 10/28/2015 13:52

Thanks. :)

saulc12 (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 10/28/2015 05:51

One of my all time favourites, love your work. 

Labbe100 (Level 1 Thug) @ 2/7/2015 06:25

I have see that on nesdev.com, love it ;)  

8 Bit Dreams (Level 10 President) @ 11/28/2014 20:24

I love this mock up it really has a Little Samson flair to it, that and Kick Master. Taito!

Carnivac (Level 8 Behemoth) @ 6/12/2014 04:42

Thanks.  I could probably do better NES now, this and the Santa mock up were good practices but still not as good as the best NES graphic artists were capable of.    I'm not really fond of the whole Kickstarter thing and I don't like asking for money.  Feels too much like begging people so you can stay at home making games which isn't what I want to do in the long term anyways.  :P

ruberboy (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/12/2014 04:11

sorry to be late to comment. Your skill at NES and amstrad (and everything) is fantastic. I am in awe as how good you can make the nes or amstrad look, always... :D

Did you know there is a lot of revival of retro games at kickstarter? IF I were you I would do a game or two... you should be rewarded by doing what you do...

Cheers... fantastic work.

Carnivac (Level 8 Behemoth) @ 4/6/2014 01:55

Nope but someone else made a lil project with the graphics.  I forget the name but would be able to find if I searched my Gmail.  I think they wanted to do it for their kid or school or something.  I've no plans as too busy with other things.

JustinGameDesign (Level 8 Marshal) @ 4/5/2014 07:57

I always marvel at what the NES palette and resolution were capable of compared to what games were actually made. You may have exceeded the sprite limit on an actual NES but, if so, that's a minor point. Did you do anything more with this project?

ellie-is (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 1/11/2012 10:28

 Okay, this is quite brilliant.

AtomicMushroom (Level 4 Button Man) @ 9/28/2011 23:32

I like anything NES, but I love this.

UjnHunter (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/27/2011 10:36

Very nice! Love the colors.

matt0 (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 9/26/2011 07:35

Beautiful work :)

I'm not a big expert on NES hardware limitations but this looks authentic to me and it stands up against the best games from that era.

pyrogoth (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/26/2011 04:00

 It looks fantastic! Oh man, the colors work so well together even though the palette is so limited, especially the blue-greens : D

Chrispy (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 9/25/2011 19:17

Reminds me of Bubble Bobble

neuryel1314 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/25/2011 10:52

 mto bom cara nuss show parabens

llshadow (Level 3 Stalker) @ 9/24/2011 21:38



reis (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 9/24/2011 07:10

 Perfect, fave it!

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 9/23/2011 07:38


Schoq (Level 5 Harbor Seal) @ 9/23/2011 07:18

This is really cool. Definitely looks like something I'd want to play.

Hapiel (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 9/23/2011 06:16

I think they are perfect to read, and that you made great characters and tiles with the limitations! :D

snowk (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 9/23/2011 05:55

NICE! Reminds me a lot of shantae for the gameboy color. You should post some of the sprite animations for us.

Mr Special (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 9/23/2011 04:42

 Wow! Amazing job on the use of the NES palette. That's NES colors at it's best if you ask me. I would love to see this in a game, and would happily download the rom!

Carnivac (Level 8 Behemoth) @ 9/23/2011 03:31

I disagree.  They're got plenty of contrast (as much as the palettes allow) and I can see them just fine, especially when viewed at the intended fullscreen resolution and animated/moving.

Alex Pang (Level 7 Underboss) @ 9/23/2011 03:21

 Needs more contrast on the figures, they are to hard to read!

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