Watch the evolution of Nintendo's most recognizable characters

By Shawn Knight
Jul 22, 2015
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  1. A new video series from PicClick chronicles the evolution of some of Nintendo’s most beloved characters over the years. All the usual suspects are here including Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Kirby and Peach (the Princess).

    The one constant you’ll notice is that each character remains heavily pixilated through the ‘80s and up until the latter half of the ‘90s when the Nintendo 64 was released.

    The gap between the N64 and its predecessor, the Super Nintendo, was a result of Nintendo’s falling out with Sony in the early ‘90s. The two worked together to build a CD-ROM add-on for the SNES as well as a standalone console called the Nintendo Play Station that was capable of playing both SNES cartridges and optical discs.

    Unfortunately, licensing disputes derailed the entire project although at least one prototype Play Station console did survive. As a result, Nintendo never released a 32-bit console.

    The clips check in at less than a minute each but provide an excellent graphical representation of the characters through various stages of video gaming history.

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  2. The Donkey Kong one is full of mistakes, particularly the last one- that's Funky Kong...
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,136   +480

    good to know that I'm not the only one that noticed this.

    Most of them are full of issues really, but still kind of fun to watch.
  4. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    It looks like they skipped over Ocarina of Time Link in favor of Majora's Mask Link.
  5. MannerMauler

    MannerMauler TS Booster Posts: 97   +18

    No, he was included. Unless they got the name wrong.
  6. MannerMauler

    MannerMauler TS Booster Posts: 97   +18

    It's at 0:14

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