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.
Jul 22, 2010
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