Let me set the stage for you. I'm taking you back in time to 1985, Japan had just released one of the greatest creations known to mankind. The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Yes, yes, if you already know me, then you also already know about my undying love for vintage video games. This love isn't just for the gameplay itself, but also towards the art that went into making each beautiful little frame.
Did you know that the original “Super Mario Brothers” was created entirely by hand!? Creator, Takashi Tezuka, stated this at Nintendo’s E3 interview in 2015. Along with the interview he released the original background scenes on graph paper. He explained, “Back then, fixing and editing was difficult on the programs, but pencil can be fixed easily.”
Not only were the games themselves drawn but, so were the cartridge cases. One of the most famous cases being “Castlevania”. This was one of the first NES cartridge covers that depicted a darker themed art style, instead of the standard cute aesthetic. This cover has been the inspiration for many current popular games, such as “Ori and the Blind Forest” and “Risk of Rain”.
Not only were the games artistic, but they were extremely profitable. In 1986 the first “Legend of Zelda” had sold more than 6.5 million copies within the first week of its release, making the “Legend of Zelda” the fourth most sold game worldwide. And it was even put into the World Video Game Hall of Fame the same year that the game was released to the public!
There are so many other outstanding vintage games I could talk about (or beat you at) but, I think I've gone on long enough. If you are interested in further facts about these gems to the planet, here are some interesting websites I found: