For a brief period of time in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Nintendo owned the video game market. If you’re in your late 20s or into your 30s, then there’s no doubt that you played Mario Brothers, Castlevania, Tecmo Bowl, Duck Hunt, and a ton of other popular games on a NES. Several NES games were tied into movies of the era. And now, some 20+ years later, there are 8-bit screen captures of popular actors from that era floating around the internet. Here are some of my favorites.
Game: The Karate Kid
In 8-bit form, Morita’s hair becomes ice blue and he suddenly acquires W.C. Fields’ nose.
Game: Dirty Harry
Remember those years in the 80s when Clint Eastwood had olive green hair? Me either.
Michael Keaton as Batman
This one is actually pretty good, although putting a very dark head on a very dark background gave the game’s creators a lot of room for error. Also, they didn’t have to worry as much about making it match Michael Keaton, what with the mask. Too bad there wasn’t a Mr. Mom game.
Alan Rickman and Bruce Willis
Game: Die Hard
These aren’t too bad other than Rickman’s head being on fire and Willis looking like he has blue worms growing out of his forehead.
Keanu Reeves and Gary Oldman
Game: Bram Stoker’s Dracula
The Oldman screen capture kills me because I don’t remember Dracula wearing sunglasses in that movie, nor do I remember him being twice as big as Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves). As for this screen capture of Keanu, well… he’s pretty much in the same lifeless acting mode that he’s always in.
Whoever Played Jason Voorhees
Game: Friday the 13th
Having mastered several hockey games, creating an 8-bit Jason Voorhees was a cinch for developers. I think it’s pretty funny that Jason Voorhees in 8-bit form is basically Little Mac from Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, wearing a hockey mask.
Mike Myers and Dana Carvey
Game: Wayne’s World
I found this screen capture but I feel like I should call shenanigans on it. The likenesses are almost too good to be from a NES game. I have to wonder if it’s not from a Super NES game. Still, Mike Myers kind of looks like Nicholson’s Joker.
Kevin Costner and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Game: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
It’s a bad shot of them, really. They’re just two orangish blobs, which is a shame because a mulleted 8-bit Costner would’ve made my day.
Game: Dick Tracy
Much like the Batman screen capture, we’re robbed of a lot of fun here because Pacino had on so much makeup as “Big Boy” Caprice to begin with. He looked cartoonish in the film, so he naturally looked cartoonish in the NES game.
Game: The Goonies
You may remember Anne Ramsey better as Mama Fratelli in The Goonies, and as just plain Momma in Throw Momma From the Train. Here, she looks a lot like a winking leopard with a dead skunk on her head.