300 Taito-style sprites
July 20, 2014 3:23 PM   Subscribe

"Bubble Bobble was the first game I ever played in the arcades and it pretty much decided what my career was going to be." 300 sprites of various characters in the style of Taito's Bubble Bobble. By the always-fantastic pixel artist Paul Robertson. (previously on mefi: Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006, Kings of Power 4 Billion%)
posted by Greg Nog (55 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
That's some chunkypixel goodness right there yessir
posted by Doleful Creature at 3:48 PM on July 20, 2014

Too much awesomeness in there. Every line of characters caused me to laugh at the inspired randomness.
posted by 1adam12 at 3:52 PM on July 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

So much for completing my calculus homework...
posted by Pudhoho at 4:00 PM on July 20, 2014

Man I thought I was up on the culture, but I can't identify 94 of these. Nearly a full third. Like to see a cheat sheet.
posted by rifflesby at 4:20 PM on July 20, 2014

Oh! That's Magnum P.I.! Okay, 93.
posted by rifflesby at 4:21 PM on July 20, 2014

I found Leo and Tabasa from Warzard. That's really obscure.
posted by Faint of Butt at 4:41 PM on July 20, 2014

Now I need to see the game which uses all of these.
posted by shakespeherian at 4:51 PM on July 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

Paul Robertson is a national treasure.
posted by griphus at 4:58 PM on July 20, 2014 [2 favorites]

Oh! That's Magnum P.I.!

Two below Solid Snake? It needs some chest hair pixels.
posted by fleacircus at 5:00 PM on July 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

My best guesses per line:
  • Turtles & co, Different Strokes, Doom, Spelunky, not sure, not sure, Link & Tetra, Punch Out, Wario & Waluigi, Baby Yoshi
  • Family Guy, Hank Hill, Simpsons, Garfield, Not sure, Not Sure, KFC, Harvest Moon, Okami, DQ8 (?), Don't know, Spirited Away, Domo, Burnt Toast, Don't know.
  • Toadette & Toad, Pikachu, Tron Bonne, God of War (?), Don't know, don't know, Terry "Burning!" Bogard, Urusei Yatsura (had to look that one up), Not sure, Solid Snake, Dante, Don't know the rest of this line D:
  • Alex Kidd, Mr Driller, Bomberman, not sure, Dig Dug, Alf, Not sure, Daria, Not sure, Peach and Daisy, Adventure Time, not sure, Dragon Quest enemies, Viewtiful Jane and Joe, Captain Falcon, Cacodemon
  • Ewok, not sure, Astroboy, He-man & Skeletor, not sure, not sure, Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, Joe & Mac (?), Magnum PI (thanks rifflesby!), a pokemon?, the main character from that amazing GBA game I can't recall, no idea, no idea, Louis CK, no idea, no idea, an anime duo who I can't recall
  • Strider, don't know, Do know but can't place, Spaceman Lego Minifig (SPACESHIP!), Sailor Moon, Moogle, Chocobo, Chun Li, Bruce Lee, some cats, maybe this is Sailor Moon, Resident Evil, FF7, Bubsy, Pyramid Head
  • McDonalds, those adorable japanese cats that are always on the internet, Kirby, Megaman (Legends), Frasier & Niles, Blues Brothers, Golden Girls, Eevees and other similar Pokemon
  • Kazuma Kiryu, Katamari Damacy family (?), Don't know, Pepsiman (from Fighters Megamix!), Power Rangers, Charlie Brown & Patty, don't know, Commander Keen, Toejam & Earl, Demolition Man, Bug's Life
  • Home Improvement, Robocop, Terminator, classic japanese anime character whose name I don't know, Claire Redfield, don't know, Parappa & Lammy, Spike, Fox McCloud, John McClane, Don't know, Don't know, Freddy Mercury, Don't know, Katy Perry, Beavis & Butthead, Don't know
  • Don't know, Don't know, Raiden, Seinfeld, Waynes World, Pokemon, don't know, Black Wizard, Don't know, Don't know, Don't know, Futurama
  • Captain Planet, Shrek, don't know, JoJo, Morrigan, don't know the rest of that line!
  • don't know, don't know, don't know, don't know, Ulala, Goku, don't know, don't know, Kool Aid Man, Cool Spot, don't know, don't know, don't know, Judge Judy, Don't know, Star Trek TNG, Baywatch
  • Jasmine, don't know, don't know, don't know, Little Totoro, don't know, Slimes, don't know, don't know, don't know, Miles Edgeworth & Phoenix Wright, ChuChu Rocket, don't know, Samus, Lara Croft, don't know, don't know, Catbug, Gizmo, don't know, Oscar the Grouch
Got quite spotty towards the end there. My pop culture knowledge is clearly not what I thought it was!
posted by Magnakai at 5:27 PM on July 20, 2014 [2 favorites]

Ultimate Lo-Fi Pop Culture Mashup: Robertson's Game Sprites vs. R. Stevens' 8-bit Hipsters. Yeah, sooner or later, it'll happen, Clango.
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:29 PM on July 20, 2014

Super Burger Time (NSFW). I love the food celebrity angels.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 5:30 PM on July 20, 2014

Lessee what I can correct or fill in:

Line 1: Not Diff'rent Strokes, maybe Family Matters? Never watched it but that could be Urkel. Not Punch-Out: Rocky Balboa and the Russian guy he fights.

Line 3: The guy after the veiny guy is Jack Frost ("Ho!") from the Persona/SMT games. The last two on this line are Gumby & Pokey, the 4 before that are from FLCL aka Fooly Cooly.
Line 4: after Alf is Slimer
Line 5: after Skeletor is Hercules and Xena, the last two are Kei & Yuri (the Dirty Pair)
Line 6: First 3 are Tetsuo and Kaneda from Akira, then Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star. I don't think the next two are Sailor Moon because they show up later in the line, but I dunno who else they might be.

Line 8: After Peppermint Patty is Mechazawa from Cromartie High School (a fantastic manga, anime is decent but it loses a lot) Last 3 are Seinfeld from the bee movie, Bug's Life, and Antz.
Line 9: The kid after Terminator is Shin-chan, I'm not sure about the two after McClane but I think it might be the guys from River City Ransom, and I think the two girls after that are from Fatal Frame 2.
Line 10: Before Raiden are Sonja and Johnny Cage, before the black wizard (specifically Vivi from FF9) are Gon, and Orko from He-man. After Vivi are Chie and Teddy from Persona 4, and before Futurama is Mappy.
Line 11: After Morrigan is a cat from Animal Crossing I can't identify, then Rover from AC. Then a bunch I don't know, then the dad from that Dinosaurs! sitcom, then Lupin III and his femme fatale I can't think of the name of, then Reginald and Beartato, a couple more unidentifiables, and Shaq.
Line 12: First three are Franky, Luffy, and Nami from One Piece
Line 13: #2 is Ranma from Ranma 1/2, after Totoro is a Mameshiba (edamame specifically), and before Catbug is an old Glowworm baby toy, I don't know if that character ever had an actual name.

Bless you for identifying Niles and Frasier, that was bugging me something fierce.
posted by rifflesby at 5:53 PM on July 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

The two Sailor-Moon-lookin' characters on line 6 are A-Ko and C-Ko from Project A-Ko.
posted by fleacircus at 6:12 PM on July 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

Wow, good work there!

Apologies, all my knowledge of 80s American sitcoms is picked up 2nd or 3rd hand. Can't believe I didn't get Slimer.

Only one I've managed to recall in the meantime. Line 3: Leopard head guy is King from Tekken
posted by Magnakai at 6:13 PM on July 20, 2014

And Lili on the left of King I guess.
posted by fleacircus at 6:21 PM on July 20, 2014

Is that Penny from Inspector Gadget next to Astro Boy?
posted by threeze at 6:40 PM on July 20, 2014

To the right of Colonel Sanders in the second row, I believe, are the Harvest Moon guy and his dog, then the Okami wolf.

I think at the end of that row are a couple of the Croods?

8th on the third row is Arale from Dr. Slump, followed by someone from Fatal Fury (Terry Bogard I think his name is), then Lum from Urusei Yatsura.

Next row leads off with Alex Kidd, then Susumu (aka Mr. Driller), and Bomberman. Fifth in the line is Susumu's dad, Taizo Hori (the guy from Dug Dug)... then Alf of all things, and Slimer, then Daria. Later on there's Cake and Fiona (what, no Finn or Jake??), followed by Opa-Opa from Fantasy Zone. Not sure about the one after that, but then there's two Dragon Quest monsters, Silvia and Joe from Viewtiful Joe, then Captain Falcon, then a Beholder.

Next row has Astroboy third up, then He-Man and an adorable Skeletor, followed by TV's Hercules and Xena, Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, then Master Higgins from Hudson's Adventure Island, and then the character he shamelessly rips off, Wonder Boy. Then who is that, Magnum P.I.? Followed by a couple of characters from Monster World IV, which is a weird juxtaposition, I have to say. At the end there's characters from Taito's KiKi KaiKai, known in the US as Pocky & Rocky, then what I believe are meant to be the Dirty Pair, Kei and Yuri.

It doesn't get any less random from there.
posted by JHarris at 8:33 PM on July 20, 2014

Wow, i hadn't thought about toejam and earl in a long ass time.
posted by emptythought at 8:52 PM on July 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

The only ones I got that haven't already been identified:
line 12, the cat before Mr Kool-aid is the Daddy-cat from Azumanga Daioh
line 13, immediately below, are Cardcaptor Sakura and Kero-chan.

Awesome picture!
posted by Athanassiel at 9:01 PM on July 20, 2014 [2 favorites]

Puzzle Bobble!! Much nostalgia.

Line 2: After Garfield are two doodies who appear on Apollo chocolate packages.

Line 6: The two cats after Bruce Lee are also from Sailor Moon.

Fourth last line: the pink creatures in the middle are the evolutions of Slowpoke from Pokemon.

Third last line: after the two cats are the folks from Gurren Lagan. Lupin III's femme fatale is Mine Fujiko.

Second last line: the two pandas and the ginger girl are from Panda Go Panda (Ghibli film)

Last line: Following on from CCS/Kero is Keroro, followed by Ace Attorney.
posted by SailRos at 4:07 AM on July 21, 2014

Wow, i hadn't thought about toejam and earl in a long ass time.

1. I don't want to speculate what long ass-time is.

2. I actually played through a complete game of TJ&E a couple nights ago on virtual console, although sadly only in single player. Still great though.
posted by JHarris at 4:59 AM on July 21, 2014

In case anyone was wondering, the yellow creature before Samus is probably a Rabite (very cute) from Secret of Mana etc.
posted by ersatz at 5:00 AM on July 21, 2014 [1 favorite]

Wow, didn't realize how similar Cave Story was to the Taito style til now.
posted by Peevish at 5:17 AM on July 21, 2014

Sixth from last on the bottom line is Tomba, star of the PS1 games Tomba! and Tomba 2.
posted by dances with hamsters at 5:46 AM on July 21, 2014

Brown-haired glasses guy in the middle of line 12 is Dr. Steve Brule!
posted by TheMayorOfCanTown at 7:33 AM on July 21, 2014 [1 favorite]

Awww Bubble Bobble! Such fond memories...

My parents left South Korea when I was about 3 years old. We went back for a visit when I was 10 and my uncle owned an arcade. I spent lots of time there obvis, and one of the best days was with my cousin playing and finishing Bubble Bobble with an endless bucket of coins. I think that was the first and last time I ever finished a video game.
posted by like_neon at 10:02 AM on July 21, 2014 [1 favorite]

Bubble Bobble's an awesome game, not just to play but under the hood. I've written before about that, but the core information (and where I learned about it) is at The Bubble Bobble Info Pages.
posted by JHarris at 11:23 AM on July 21, 2014 [1 favorite]

The fact that he put Master Higgins next to Wonder Boy is so wonderfully meta it hurts
posted by Dr-Baa at 2:39 PM on July 21, 2014 [1 favorite]

line 12, the cat before Mr Kool-aid is the Daddy-cat from Azumanga Daioh

Oh! Of course! Knew he was familiar but couldn't place it.
posted by rifflesby at 3:24 PM on July 21, 2014

I really like some of the juxtapositions here. Master Higgins/Takahashi Meijin next to Wonder Boy is really good, but Bob from Tekken next to Rufus from SF4, Viewtiful Joe next to Captain Falcon, Chun-li next to Bruce Lee, the bugs from the Pixar/Dreamworks Inexplicable Bug Movie Era, and the lineup of Totoro-Mamechiba-Dragon Quest Slime-I recognize it but can't place it are all great too.

Some others people seem to have missed so far: the third row from the bottom features the cat/rabbit mascots from Pop'n Music, Earl Sinclair from Dinosaurs, Lupin III and what's-her-name, Reynaldo and Beartato from Nedroid Comics, and I dunno, some other guys.

Is that a Glo Worm in the bottom right?
posted by DoctorFedora at 1:45 AM on July 22, 2014

1UP: These are gorgeous! And idiosyncratically chosen! And gorgeous!

2UP: That Bubble Bobble Info Page JHarris links to above is equal parts delight and revelation. Plus it hasn't been updated since 97/98... presumably because it is perfect.
posted by comealongpole at 11:03 AM on July 22, 2014

Okay, I clearly have way too much time on my hands, because I've assembled a key of things people have identified so far. I finished this last night with the help of a friend who also identified some previously-unidentified stuff, including some that were driving me nuts because they looked soooo familiar. So here is the list, with question marks indicating those yet to be identified. We're almost there!

Sources are listed in parentheses after each character/group, unless it's eponymous or a real person. Stuff I'm not sure of is in square brackets.

Line 1: April, Donatello, Raphael, Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Shredder & Krang (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); Carl Winslow & Steve Urkel (Family Matters); Doom PC; Spelunky x 2? [new/old versions?]; ?; ?; Link & Tetra (Zelda); Ivan Drago & Rocky Balboa (Rocky IV); Wario, Waluigi, Baby Yoshi (Super Mario world)

Line 2: Peter Griffin (Family Guy); Hank Hill (King of the Hill); Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa & Maggie (The Simpsons); Garfield & Odie (Garfield); ?; ?; Colonel Sanders (KFC); Harvest Moon farmer & dog; Amaterasu (Okami); Dragon Quest 8 hero; ?; Chihiro, Haku, No-Face & Yubaba (Spirited Away); Domo (NHK); Kogepan; Grug & Eep (The Croods)

Line 3: Toadette & Toad (Super Mario world); Pikachu (Pokemon); Tron Bonne & servbot (Megaman); [God of War?]; Jack Frost (Persona game world); Arale (Dr Slump); Terry Bogard (Fatal Fury); Lum (Urusei Yatsura); Mappy, Pia, Mink & Lufa (Dragon Half); Solid Snake & Dante (Metal Gear); Lili & King (Tekken); Haruko, Mamimi, Naota & Canti (FLCL); Gumby & Poky (Gumby)

Line 4: Alex Kidd (Miracle World); Susumu Hori (Mr Driller); Bomberman/Dynablaster; ?; Taizo Hori (Dig Dug); Alf; Slimer (Ghostbusters); Daria & Jane (Daria); ?; Princess Peach & Princess Daisy (Super Mario world); Cake & Fionna (Adventure Time); Opa Opa (Fantasy Zone); 3 Dragon Quest enemies - ?, Dracky/Drakee & Curer; Sylvia & Joe in superhero form (Viewtiful Joe); Captain Falcon (F-Zero/Super Smash Brothers); Cacodemon (Doom)

Line 5: Ewok (Star Wars: RotJ); Penny (Inspector Gadget); Astroboy (Astroboy); He-Man & Skeletor (He-Man); Hercules & Xena (Xena & Hercules); Hulk Hogan & Andre the Giant (WWF); Master Higgins (Hudson's Adventure Island); Wonder Boy; Thomas Magnum (Magnum, PI); Pepelogoo & Asha (Monster World 4); Tessa & Leo (Red Earth/War-Zard); Louis CK; Rocky & Pocky (Pocky & Rocky/KiKi Kai Kai); Kei & Yuri (The Dirty Pair)

Line 6: Tetsuo & Kanedo (Akira); Kenshiro (Fist of the North Star); Lego Spaceman; A-Ko & C-Ko (Project A-Ko); Moogle & Chocobo (Final Fantasy); Chun Li (Street Fighter); Bruce Lee; Artemis, Luna, Jupiter, Mercury, Moon, Mars, Venus (Sailor Moon); Nemesis-T type & Chris Redfield (Resident Evil); Cait Sith, Tifa, Aerith/Aeris (Final Fantasy 7)

Line 7: Hamburglar, Mayor McCheese & Grimace (McDonaldland); ?; ?; Kirby; Megaman/Rockman; ?; Frasier & Niles Crane (Frasier); Elwood & Jake (Blues Brothers); Sophia, Blanche, Dorothy & Rose (The Golden Girls); Eevee and evolutions into Water, Fire, Electric, Dark, Psychic, Grass, Ice & Poison (Pokemon)

Line 8: Kazuma Kiryu (Yakuza); ?; ?; ?; ? [all appear related]; ?; ?; Pepsiman; Black, Pink, Red; Yellow & Blue Power Rangers (Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers); Charlie Brown & Peppermint Patty (Peanuts); Mechazawa (Cromartie High School); Billy Blaze (Commander Keen); ToeJam & Earl; Simon Phoenix & John Spartan (Demolition Man); Barry B Benson (Bee Movie); Flik (A Bug's Life); Z (Antz)

Line 9: Tim & Al (Home Improvement); Robocop; Terminator; Shin Nohara (Crayon Shin-Chan); Clare Redfield & Jill Valentine (Resident Evil); Parappa & Lammy (PaRappa); Spike (Cowboy Bebop); Fox McCloud (Star Fox); John McClane (Die Hard); Alex & Ryan (River City Ransom); Miyo & Mayu Amakura (Fatal Frame II); Freddie Mercury; ?; Katy Perry; Beavis & Butthead; Cutie Honey

Line 10: Sonja, Jonny Cage & Raiden (Mortal Kombat); Jerry, George, Elaine, Kramer & Newman (Seinfeld); Wayne & Garth (Wayne's World); Slowbro, Slowpoke & Slowking (Pokemon); Gon; Orko (He-Man); Vivi (Final Fantasy 9); Chie & Teddy (Persona 4); ?; ?; Mappy; Leela, Fry & Zoidberg (Futurama)

Line 11: Captain Planet (Captain Planet & The Planeteers); Shrek & Donkey (Shrek); ?; ?; JoJo (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure); Morrigan (Darkstalkers); [Animal Crossing characters x2?]; Kamina, Simon, Yoko Littner & her pet hamster (Gurren Lagann); cat & rabbit (Pop N Music); Earl Sinclair (Dinosaurs); Lupin III & Mine Fujiko (Lupin); Reginald & Beartato (Nedroid Comics); ?; ?; Shaquille O'Neal

Line 12: Franky, Luffy & Nami (One Piece); ?; Ulala (Space Channel 5); Goku (Dragonball Z); ?; Daddy cat (Azumanga Daioh); Mr Kool-aid; Cool Spot (7-Up); Dr Steve Brule; Papa Panda, Panny & Mimiko (Panda Go Panda); Judge Judy; Princess Athena (Athena); Deanna Troi, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Dr Beverly Crusher (Star Trek: TNG); Mitch & CJ (Baywatch)

Line 13: Jasmine (Aladdin); Ranma girl-type (Ranma 1/2); ?; ?; Totoro (My Neighbour Totoro); Edamame (Mameshiba); Slime (Dragon Quest); ?; Sakura & Cerberus/Kero-chan (Cardcaptor Sakura); Keroro (Keroro Gunso); Miles Edgeworth & Phoenix Wright (Ace Attorney); cat & mouse (Chu Chu Rocket); Rabite (Secret of Mana); Samus Aran (Metroid); Lara Croft (Tomb Raider); Tomba; Glowbaby; Catbug (Bravest Warriors); Gizmo (Gremlins); ?; Oscar the Grouch (Sesame Street)
posted by Athanassiel at 9:58 PM on July 22, 2014 [3 favorites]

Line 1 is Spelunky and Spelunker.
posted by DoctorFedora at 5:59 PM on July 23, 2014 [1 favorite]

Great work, Athanassiel! Some additions of my own:

Line 6: The two characters at the very end are Bubsy and Pyramid Head (Silent Hill)

Line 7: The blonde girl in the red hat next to Rock/Mega Man is Roll Caskett (Mega Man)

Line 8: The four characters dressed in yellow on the left are the Hoshino family (Katamari Damacy). The two rotund fighters next to them are Bob Richards (Tekken 6) and Rufus (Street Fighter IV).

Line 9: I think the guy between Freddie Mercury and Katie Perry is MC Hammer in his "U Can't Touch This" outfit, but I'm not 100% positive.

Line 12: The girl in the pink helmet next to Goku is Chi Chi.

Line 13: On the right between Gizmo and Oscar is one of the Critters from Critters.

I think that leaves all but a few unaccounted for! This is fun!
posted by Strange Interlude at 7:30 PM on July 23, 2014 [1 favorite]

Doh! I actually had Bubsy and Pyramid Head from other people's IDs, just missed them when typing. Even after proofing. While I'm on that, it's Tetsuo and Kaneda, not Kanedo. Bugger.

Thanks for the filling in - only a few more unknowns - 15, I think!
posted by Athanassiel at 8:19 PM on July 23, 2014 [1 favorite]

I made a copy of the file with highlights on the unknowns or ones with ?'s on their names.

Yeah that has to be MC Hammer...

I want to say the black and white cats on the left are Jiji and Lily from Kiki's Delivery Service, but I think probably not.

Google tells me that's Great Frog and Coolfrog & Dolphin from Gunshow.
posted by fleacircus at 10:40 PM on July 23, 2014 [1 favorite]

Excellent! I really can't count question marks, that makes it heaps easier to see.

4th row, I identified 2 of the Dragon Quest enemies. Number 2 is Drakee/Dracky and Number 3 is Curer, just couldn't figure out what the first one was.
posted by Athanassiel at 11:04 PM on July 23, 2014

Okay, highlighted file:

green duck and white bunny thing are both Tamagotchi characters

Black and white cat are from Dokodemo Issho

Girl with blond hair in the bottom right by the pink-shirted girl is I-wanna-say Aegis from Persona 4 (and the girl next to her looks familiar)
posted by DoctorFedora at 1:59 AM on July 24, 2014 [2 favorites]

I wonder of the second of the unidentified cats in row 11 is supposed to be Rover from Animal Crossing.
posted by JHarris at 3:37 AM on July 24, 2014

Is the little guy riding the porpoise supposed to be Charlie the Tuna? The glasses, hat, and dolphin-chumminess make me think so.

(On preview, what fleacircus said. IGNORE ME!)
posted by Strange Interlude at 5:47 AM on July 24, 2014

The bunny in line 2 is driving me up the wall with tip-of-brain.
posted by fleacircus at 12:03 PM on July 24, 2014

DoctorFedora: "green duck and white bunny thing are both Tamagotchi characters"

Thank you! That was bothering me so much!
posted by Magnakai at 5:17 PM on July 24, 2014

Got two more! I should have recognized them earlier seeing as how I made a post on them, #3 and #4 on line 11 are the girls from the Daicon IV and Daicon III animations, which basically got the anime studio GAINAX off the ground.
posted by JHarris at 7:37 PM on August 3, 2014 [1 favorite]

Er, #4 and #5 I mean. (#3 is Shrek's Donkey.)
posted by JHarris at 7:38 PM on August 3, 2014

The girl next to Aegis is probably Yukari.

Bunny girl is probably from a sidescrolling shooter I can't remember the name of right now.

I think the pink blob is a Poring from Ragnarok Online.

The guy with tattoos next to Jack Frost is also from one of the Shin Megami Tensei games.
posted by aroweofshale at 10:43 PM on August 3, 2014

One of the girls I mentioned above is the bunny girl in question. The game you're thinking of, aroweofshale, is Keio Flying Squadron, but it's not that girl. The fact that she, probably the Daicon IV girl, is right beside the Daicon III girl, is a strong hint it's got to be her.
posted by JHarris at 10:57 PM on August 3, 2014

My bad, the woman in your (previous Wikipedia) link looks more like her. And Parodius, actually -- I was mistaken about the hair colour. (Note: Parodius is weird, and anything beyond page 2 on that site might be borderline NSFW.)
posted by aroweofshale at 11:20 PM on August 3, 2014

The guy next to Jack Frost should be the main character from Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne.

I swear both the green duck (or green baby chick) and the bunny in second row look familiar. Since they're next to what I think is the KFC mascot, I thought they were maybe mascots along the lines of Sanrio's. No luck so far.
posted by aroweofshale at 11:54 PM on August 3, 2014

I know all about Parodius, yep, but singling out Akane, who's only playable in one two games, as opposed to the octopuses or penguins, or heck, the Vic Viper or Twinbee, would be an odd choice regarding notability.
posted by JHarris at 12:00 AM on August 4, 2014

aroweofshale, those two were identified above, they're Tamagotchi characters.
posted by JHarris at 10:07 AM on August 4, 2014

Ack, where was my brain that day? Thanks, JHarris. (DoctorFedora, too.)
posted by aroweofshale at 5:20 PM on August 5, 2014

Ha, I'm sure you have all forgotten about this now, but my brilliant friend hadn't yet given up and IDed the two in the last row - #3 and #4 - from the video game Demon Souls, the Maiden in Black and Yuria respectively.

I think this just leaves (from the highlighted file) the orange-haired girl and green-haired bruiser in row 1, the blonde in the red outfit with a very large knife underneath them in row 2; the guy with the green beret in row 3 and the blue-haired girl with a brick on her head, also in row 3; the un-IDed Dragon Quest 3 enemy in line 4 (which I am beginning to suspect is not actually from Dragon Quest); and the pink-haired pop star in row 12.
posted by Athanassiel at 4:50 AM on August 14, 2014 [1 favorite]

Athanassiel: " the pink-haired pop star in row 12."

She looks truly outrageous.
posted by RobotHero at 8:53 PM on August 14, 2014

!!!!!! I knew I would kick myself over that one when it was finally IDed. Tip of my brain!
posted by Athanassiel at 9:23 PM on August 14, 2014

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