A few years back, I posted a piece on the fantastic sprite work in Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story. That post is pretty much useless now because all the server relocations broke the image links, but it still burns within my heart. Now I’m working on its sequel (which is available already in every region except the U.S.), and those previous statements hold doubly true.
I was a little leery of the game when I saw the backgrounds had moved into 3D, but no! Alpha Dream decided to harness the added storage space of 3DS cartridges to do us a solid and make bigger, more elaborate, more smoothly animated sprites. Bowser and Princess Peach are especially impressive — they’re some of the biggest sprites I’ve seen, and they don’t use cheats like Flash-style rotation or segmentation.
Thanks, Alpha Dream, for keeping the dream — the one that everyone else seems determined to smother with a pillow — alive.