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Before the 3D graphics revolution of the mid 90s, pixel art ruled the roost. Today, only the dedicated (and talented) keep the style alive. Which is a pity, because the sense of place, and scale, that was hand-crafted into the backdrops found in popular fighting games of the era, still blows me away.

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Playing games like Fatal Fury, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Art of Fighting, King of Fighters, Street Fighter, Last Resort and others, wasn’t just about hitting people in the face – but travelling to exotic locations the average kid at the time would likely never see.

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An enterprising enthusiast decided to collect some of the best backdrops from across several generations of fighting games. You can view the full set of 125 backdrops over here. Highly recommended.