This was one of the funniest bits I’ve seen on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The fun starts at 1:04 .
After I made the series of Battletoads sprites, I was catching up on some other sprites I have been wanting to make, and the Reaper from Kid Icarus stood out. I like the surprised expression version of this sprite because it reminded me of the surprised Battletoad, and it’s so comical to see such a grim reaper lose his composure.
Some of the other Kid Icarus beadsprites, but I think it would be more fun to seek out other “shocked” video game sprites first, and have a whole series of them. Can you think of any others that I should include?
Battletoads was both one of the best, and one of the most difficult games for the NES. The rocket scooter and rocket surfboard levels were the bane of many gamers existence in the early 90’s. The combat was solid, and varied, though, and different from everything else at the time. I wish they would have been able to do more with this IP besides the mostly lame SNES follow-ups.
I made this series of sprites to enter in a competition over at the /beadsprites subreddit and thought I would post it on here as well. I still might make some of the enemies from the game as well as other frames of combat animations; these were really fun to make.