Big Sprite 2d Sidescrollers

We all know ‘em, some of us love ’em. Sometimes you just get a craving for a game with bright colourful graphics, and a protagonist that walks a little too slow taking up a little too much space on the screen! I‘m in the mood for it. Give me all your big sprite 2d platformers. Hell, let’s make a game of it. The bigger the sprites, the better.

China Warrior has to be the grandaddy of big sprites

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MykZwvCPPi0

I remember playing with these big bois in the arcade. Rampage!

https://imgur.com/yVPBXHt.jpg
^(^(ok maybe they looked bigger on the arcade screen))

The Sega Saturn has Crows: The Battle Action from Athena…

https://youtu.be/7aIdFV1_Nhg

**Princess Crown** from Atlus and Vanillaware…

https://youtu.be/T9x1LYFqKAo

… And a stealthy candidate: Victor’s **Keiō Yūgekitai: Katsugeki-Hen** a.k.a **Keio’s Flying Squadron 2** which has always felt zoomed 20% too close to the screen and loves to dabble with big sprites as obstacles or interaction opportunities for Keiō.

https://youtu.be/g3Phzqa8_pQ

I will always love oversized sprites, even to this day when they‘re not a technological feat, even when they make the game bad to play. Let’s get these particular levels from Genpei Tōma Den in here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54JEkmE3Pns&t=90s

Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu has some pretty big sprites (especially for the NES). Great game too!

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TG16
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@“tokucowboy”#p108555 came here to post this. Just the end all be all of big sprite 2d sidescrolling.

I'm cheating but TECHNICALLY this is a bit sprite 2D sidescroller because it is 2D and scrolls to the side.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=rkIflIYQHG8&amp;si=EnSIkaIECMiOmarE

the super spy has real big spritos!

Ditto Crossed Swords, while I'm already cheating.
https://youtube.com/watch?v=H485or8VOC8&si=EnSIkaIECMiOmarE

Less cheating, we've got Mutation Nation:
https://youtube.com/watch?v=ai6DjBF0Iq4&si=EnSIkaIECMiOmarE&t=34

I think we should qualify what "big" is. I think it has to fill at least 1/3 of the vertical space on the screen!? So @"copySave"#p108569 I would say that's NOT BIG ENOUGH

Ninja Warriors Again with this fella counts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uEL94eibKE

I’m not sure if the sprites are especially big, but the player sprites in Night Slashers feel super chunky and good!

https://youtu.be/SMfLO4o1rt4

But for me, the king of all giant sprite games has to be Art of Fighting 2. I can remember being completely blown away by how big the sprites are the first time I played it!! I know it’s not technically a sidescroller, but… honorable mention maybe?
https://youtu.be/ZB6HLhfLQJk

@“copySave”#p108569 tried these two out and dude gennei toma den kinda rocks.