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Video games nowadays are pretty complicated affairs, with hyper-realistic graphics, sweeping storylines and intricate controls. Sometimes, though, we still long for the time of simpler games, when there were only two buttons and the story was fairly non-existent.

A recent uptick in retro-style games really hammers home the idea that some of the older games were just plain…funner. OK, maybe the graphics could use a bit of an upgrade, but instead of updating the graphics, how about we “old-date” them instead? An artist embarked on a personal project that mixes 80’s video games with the ukiyo-e style and his results are so great, you want to see them up close in order to take in all the details.

This isn’t the first time classic video games have been stylized in a classic Japanese art form, but this is a case where you can’t have too much of a good thing. This time around we are bringing you the art of Singaporean illustrator William Chua and his series of artwork entitled “80’s Warrior’s Record”. Avid RocketNews24 readers might recognize the name of this artist as the one who created some really cool samurai cat illustrations. We were definitely fans of Chua back then, and these pieces only cement our adoration for his work.

“Hunting Season” – inspiration was Super Mario Bros. and the Capcom game Monster Hunter

“Monster Dogma” – Inspiration was Super Mario Bros. 2 and Dragon’s Dogma by Capcom

“Final of the Fantasy” – Inspired by one of the best-selling RPG video game series, Final Fantasy

“Death’s Choice” – Inspired by the characters from Golden Age

“Ice Terror” – Based on Ice Climber

“Cave Raider” – Inspired by Pac-Man

“Hero’s Lullaby” – Inspired by The Legend of Zelda, with Link saving Princess Zelda from Ganon

“The Blue Warrior” – Inspired by Mega Man

“Rescue Dawn” – Inspired by Contra

“Big Trouble in Little Japan” – Inspired by Donkey Kong

Even though this series of illustrations was completed between 2009 and 2013, it’s still a very impressive set of artwork. We can’t wait to see what new pieces Chua has in store for us in the future. You can follow along with us on his Facebook page and his personal website. His ukiyo-e take on modern themes and characters is a great throwback to one of Japan’s most unique and famous styles of art, plus they’re pretty darn cool to look at. If you see anything you’d like to have hanging in your home, you can buy prints of much of his work from his website.

Source: Artist Database
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