Classic 2D arcade platformers, brawlers and beat 'em ups can have amazing background art—with pixel perfect details and a wonderful color palette. Unlike the similarly awesome 2D fighter backgrounds, people don't pay as much attention to these.

Looking through 2D arcade game backgrounds, it's funny to see how the artists were so into dodgy city districts that are so characteristic to the 90s. But for me, the best part is finding the small details—whether it's an easter egg or a hidden tiny item.

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Metal Slug 2

Metal Slug 4

Metal Slug 5

Silent Dragon

Bad Dudes vs. DragonNinja

Undercover Cops

Captain America and the Avengers

X-Men (arcade)

Final Fight

Final Fight 2 (with an accidental Chun Li cameo)

Double Dragon 2

Double Dragon 3

Ninja Gaiden (arcade)

King of Dragons

Knights of the Round

Crime Fighters

The Punisher

TMNT IV: Turtles In Time

Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon


sources: VGMaps, VGMuseum, BGHQ, ScrollBoss

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