Enjoy This Badass 16-bit Title Screen Art

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We've seen title art from modern games. And from NES games. Today, we're hitting the ground somewhere in between with a collection of animated title screen art from the Genesis/Mega Drive and Super Nintendo.

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These images come courtesy of Title Scream, a site run by Kiwi interactive designer Cameron Askin which is looking to preserve and celebrate some of the most memorable (yet unheralded) art in video game history.

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His site runs from the NES days through to the mid-90s, but since we've already featured NES art previously, I'm sticking to the 16-bit stuff today.

IMPORTANT: Our gallery frames will make the images seem all screwy; just click "expand" and they'll pop out and display properly.

Most, though not all, of the images above are animated, so give 'em a second or two to kick in. Also, they're just a selection; for the full collection, brew some tea, settle in and head to Title Scream.

Total Recall is a look back at the history of video games through their characters, franchises, developers and trends.

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It's amazing how much more I prefer the 16bit era games to today's. It's really kinda scary. I am probably the VG industries worst nightmare: The guy that doesn't pick up a 360/PS3 and those shiny real-life graphics games at 70€ a pop because he is currently very busy trying to beat "Super Adventure Island II" on the SNES*.

*well, that and "Xenoblade Chronicles" on the Wii...