Classic game characters: then and now


Then: Logan’s starring role on the NES is easily one of the worst he’s ever endured. In addition to looking kinda puny, he crawls like a baby and can’t use his claws without losing health. Just awful.

Now: Like it or not, today Hugh Jackman’s face is synonymous with Wolverine. We’re honestly not too bothered by this, as at the very least he’s got the look down. The only other difference would the loss of Wolverine’s brown costume, which he ditched in the early ‘90s for his classic yellow suit. You can see him wearing it in Ultimate Alliance and Marvel vs Capcom 2.


Then: A crude representation of Disney’s world famous rodent. But, as we explained in the intro, his overall look is the same as it ever was.

Now: After years of living in animation limbo, Mickey’s back this fall in the same red shorts that made him a star. He’s perhaps a bit more emotive and mischievous than his prior games, but as far as looks go, it’s classic as ever.


Then: Developers were so eager to get Bats into a game that they didn’t even bother waiting for color! This stern-looking Batman could also stand to lose a few pounds. And maybe chill out.

Now: Perhaps the perfect representation we could ever hope for, game or otherwise. He’s tall, ripped and certainly intimidating, all while sticking closely to the established comic book designs. Can’t even imagine someone else doing it better.


Then: Simple. Perfect. He’s a blue robot dude who fights other robots. Maybe even robot elephants that shoot balls at you.

Now: Wonderfully the same. He’s seen changes through Mega Man X, Battle Network and all the rest, but the core Mega Man games, right up to this year’s Mega Man 10, keep him just as he should be. The welcome exception to the rule.

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  • Randomwordcombination - October 1, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    Great article! It's weird to think of Cloud as a "classic game character".
  • DLSemen - August 10, 2010 3:48 a.m.

    I also applaud the T-Dar reference.
  • INFINITYGAUNTLET - July 28, 2010 7:05 p.m.

    Luigi rocks. Snake rocks. And Batman should be eternally stern.
  • Hayroon1 - July 26, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    How is the new Rygar considered "Goku'd up"?! How is Goku not the image pf manliness?
  • AuthorityFigure - July 25, 2010 10:59 a.m.

    The old ones usually show a more economic and thoughtful design than the newer ones. This is why I prefer them. And the Megaman one is purely mis-leading: those games are marketed by CAPCOM and the press (including GR itself) as retro, 8-bit, return to the past games, not current iterations.
  • GameManiac - July 25, 2010 1:12 a.m.

    It's reassuring to see how little preference was made to the old and new (as far as I see). haha! Megaman hasn't changed at all, but Batman on the other hand... Damn! That's as good as he'll ever look. Seeing Mario, Zelda, Samus as they were from the start seems fatalistic to me since I'm recently playing those first games and seeing how it all started.
  • SenatorPepper - July 24, 2010 5:46 p.m.

    This is just the kind of games "journalism" that aging man-boys like me just eat up. The screen grabs were perfect, the observations spot-on, and the T-Dar reference way core. Love ya!
  • thibtje - July 24, 2010 5:08 p.m.

    Thi is to good man!
  • slickninja - July 24, 2010 3:10 p.m.

    Wow, how gay is Bionic Commando? What a waste.
  • camelfro - July 24, 2010 3:33 a.m.

    great article
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - July 23, 2010 11:11 p.m.

    What no Rayman? I love that guy.
  • Smeggs - July 23, 2010 9:30 p.m.

    I thought Ganondorf's beard in TP made him look Irish or Scottish xD I always imagine a voice kinda like the Demo-man's from TF2 whenever I play it now.
  • Clovin64 - July 23, 2010 7:13 p.m.

    Advent Children Cloud sucks! He's just too emo! Cloud was never that emo in the original game. P.S. A massive falling boulder is no match for the Hulk-like Chris Redfield. "CHRIS SMASH!!!"
  • BornToLose3 - July 23, 2010 5:53 p.m.

    I lol'd seeing Lara Croft, damn what kind of 12 year old i was to find those attractive. Sill good article Brett
  • EAC73 - July 23, 2010 4:45 p.m.

    how about mega man from the new DS titles. great article though.
  • philipshaw - July 23, 2010 11:11 a.m.

    I was talking to a friend about this sort of thing the other day, great article Brett
  • PipGirl - July 23, 2010 4:59 a.m.

    It was great seeing how all these characters have evolved. Fantastic article man.
  • pimpboo - July 23, 2010 3:01 a.m.

    ew old lara croft looks like frida kalo
  • LBD_Nytetrayn - July 23, 2010 2:03 a.m.

    Where does anyone get that Ganon was Link's shadow in Zelda II?
  • screwball08247 - July 23, 2010 1:27 a.m.

    >Maybe even robot elephants that shoot balls at you. Likin' the TDar reference, Brett. Great article though.

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