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29th Jan '16 1:46:08 AM frogpatrol
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In 2D game development, the creation of sprites is a labor-intensive task. One cost-effective method for increasing the variety of game characters is to reuse the same sprite, but using a different color palette.
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In 2D game development, the creation of sprites is a labor-intensive task.labor-intensive. One cost-effective method for increasing the variety of game characters is to reuse the same sprite, but using a different color palette.
24th Jan '16 4:50:52 AM VVK
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** Moondancer, a friend first mentioned in the first episode of the series but did not appear properly until the season 5 episode "Amending Fences", is a bespectacled recolor of Twilight who wears a sweater. For most of the episode she wears the bangs Twilight wears down in a hair bobble above her head but as a filly and in a photo at the end of the episode she's seen wearing her mane like Twilight does.
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** Moondancer, a friend first mentioned in the first episode of the series but who did not appear properly until the season 5 episode "Amending Fences", is partly a bespectacled recolor of Twilight, emphasizing her role as a {{foil}}. When they're young, they're complete palette swaps aside from their Cutie Marks (and both are antisocial bookworms). At the time of the episode, Moondancer has acquired BigOlEyebrows, NerdGlasses, a sweater, and a messier "I don't care what I look like" version of the hairstyle, though it's still a modification of the same one with a hair bobble. (And she's become even more antisocial whereas Twilight who wears a sweater. For most of has learnt to appreciate friendship.) We also see that before Twilight's rejection traumatised her and she decided to isolate herself, she had the episode she wears eyebrows and glasses but was still otherwise a palette swap. (This doesn't so much seem to have symbolic significance as to be a needed halfway point between the bangs Twilight wears down in a hair bobble above her head but as a filly and in a photo at the end of the episode she's seen wearing her mane like Twilight does.two other looks.)
21st Jan '16 10:00:45 AM comicwriter
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* {{Hasbro}} also has a habit of doing this with their superhero properties. For instance, their ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} figure is just a Hawkeye from their earlier ''[[Film/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' movie line with some purple coloring thrown in, and their [[ComicBook/TheFalcon Falcon]] figure from ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' is an ''Avengers Assemble'' Falcon toy with a new head, a black costume, and the wings changed from energy constructs to mechanical designs.
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* {{Hasbro}} also has a habit of doing this with their superhero properties. properties, especially with the Marvel Legends line. For instance, their ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} the Marvel Legends CaptainAmerica figures they released for ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' and ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' were just repaints of the Marvel Legends Captain America figure is just a Hawkeye from their earlier ''[[Film/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' movie line with some purple coloring thrown in, and their [[ComicBook/TheFalcon Falcon]] figure from ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' is an ''Avengers Assemble'' Falcon toy with a new head, a black costume, and the wings changed from energy constructs to mechanical designs. that was released for ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''.
18th Jan '16 12:24:53 AM Jabroniville
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* DinoRiders features this in both the cartoon and toy line. In the cartoon, most of the {{Mooks}} are Palette Swaps of the main "Generals", and go unnamed. For the toys, numerous mini-figures of the humanoid characters were created, with the same molds being used frequently (there are seven "Ant-Men" based off of the base Antor figure, for example; others simple use the same name but a different color scheme). Many dinosaurs share molds- the ''Torosaurus/Triceratops'', numerous small ''Ceratopsians'' (the three toys all have different heads), and both sides have a ''Deinonychus'', with only their stripes being different colors. Only the armor is different on most of them.
14th Jan '16 4:36:39 PM nombretomado
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* The standard editions of the ''KingdomHearts'' games mostly avoid this (surprising for a SquareEnix game), only using palette swaps to denote the [[ElementalPowers elemental affinity]] of the mage-type [[{{Mooks}} Heartless]]; however, the Final Mix editions of both games use palette swaps in interesting ways. First of all, nearly all of the standard {{Mooks}} in the Final Mix games have had their colors changed from the original game's colors--for example, the first game's purple and pink Wyverns became blue and gold in the original Final Mix, and the second game's blue Hook Bats became red in Final Mix+. Some enemies, such as the black Shadows, remained the same in all editions, and though there was a rumor that the palette-swapped standard enemies had their stats tweaked, they really are the same enemies. The Final Mix editions of the game also included extra monsters; of these, many of them are palette swaps of standard enemies with slight changes in the mesh, high stats, and a host of annoying special abilities.
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* The standard editions of the ''KingdomHearts'' games mostly avoid this (surprising for a SquareEnix Creator/SquareEnix game), only using palette swaps to denote the [[ElementalPowers elemental affinity]] of the mage-type [[{{Mooks}} Heartless]]; however, the Final Mix editions of both games use palette swaps in interesting ways. First of all, nearly all of the standard {{Mooks}} in the Final Mix games have had their colors changed from the original game's colors--for example, the first game's purple and pink Wyverns became blue and gold in the original Final Mix, and the second game's blue Hook Bats became red in Final Mix+. Some enemies, such as the black Shadows, remained the same in all editions, and though there was a rumor that the palette-swapped standard enemies had their stats tweaked, they really are the same enemies. The Final Mix editions of the game also included extra monsters; of these, many of them are palette swaps of standard enemies with slight changes in the mesh, high stats, and a host of annoying special abilities.
4th Jan '16 4:33:27 PM nombretomado
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** Hwang is an odd case. In the original ''SoulEdge'', he was a "motion swap" of Mitsurugi for Korean localization. In ''Soul Calibur'', he became a swap of Xianghua, but shared some kicks with Seung Mina. By ''SoulCalibur III'', he was the representative of the Chinese Sword style.
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** Hwang is an odd case. In the original ''SoulEdge'', ''VideoGame/SoulEdge'', he was a "motion swap" of Mitsurugi for Korean localization. In ''Soul Calibur'', he became a swap of Xianghua, but shared some kicks with Seung Mina. By ''SoulCalibur ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur III'', he was the representative of the Chinese Sword style.
31st Dec '15 12:30:41 AM Lego3400
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* When the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series started featuring [[MirrorMatch same character matches]] (beginning with ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII′: Champion Edition''), the game changes the palette of one player to distinguish it from the other. Depending on the character, some alternate palettes will simply change the color of the character's clothing (i.e. Ryu's gi and bandanna), while others (such as Dhalsim's and Blanka's) will change the character's skin tone to improbable colors such as blue or grey.
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* When the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series started featuring [[MirrorMatch same character matches]] (beginning with ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII′: Champion Edition''), the game changes the palette of one player to distinguish it from the other. Depending on the character, some alternate palettes will simply change the color of the character's clothing (i.e. Ryu's gi and bandanna), while others (such as Dhalsim's and Blanka's) will change the character's skin tone to improbable colors such as blue or grey. (Though in the case of Blanka, his natural green is impossible in real life, while those are with some negative medical condtions...
20th Dec '15 3:45:13 AM totoofze47
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Damn it, there's so many I keep forgetting some of them! XD
** While most characters merely change color, a few get different costumes, some of them downright using "other" characters; [[VideoGame/WarioWare Wario]] has his overalls from [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros the main series]], the [[VideoGame/WiiFit Wii Fit Trainer]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Robin]], the [[VideoGame/AnimalCrossing Villager]] and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Corrin]] all have female variants, [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine Bowser Jr.]] has [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 the Koopalings]], [[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} Olimar has Alph]], [[VideoGame/PunchOut Little Mac]] has his wireframe appearance from the original arcade game, and {{Guest Fighter}}s [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]] and VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} have their costumes from ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'' and the first ''Bayonetta'', respectively.
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** While most characters merely change color, a few get different costumes, some of them downright using "other" characters; [[VideoGame/WarioWare Wario]] has his overalls from [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros the main series]], the [[VideoGame/WiiFit Wii Fit Trainer]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Robin]], the [[VideoGame/AnimalCrossing Villager]] and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Corrin]] all have female variants, [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine Bowser Jr.]] has [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 the Koopalings]], [[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} Olimar has Alph]], [[VideoGame/PunchOut Little Mac]] has his wireframe appearance from the original arcade game, [[VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles Shulk]] has the swimwear he puts on when he has nothing equipped, [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Zero Suit Samus]] has shorts based on the 100% endings for ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'' and ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'', and {{Guest Fighter}}s [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]] and VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} have their costumes from ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'' and the first ''Bayonetta'', respectively.
20th Dec '15 3:39:36 AM totoofze47
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** While most characters merely change color, a few get different costumes, some of them downright using "other" characters; [[VideoGame/WarioWare Wario]] has his overalls from [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros the main series]], the [[VideoGame/WiiFit Wii Fit Trainer]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Robin]], the [[VideoGame/AnimalCrossing Villager]] and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Corrin]] all have female variants, [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine Bowser Jr.]] has [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 the Koopalings]], [[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} Olimar has Alph]], [[VideoGame/PunchOut Little Mac]] has his wireframe appearance from the original arcade game, and GuestFighter [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]] has his ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'' costume.
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** While most characters merely change color, a few get different costumes, some of them downright using "other" characters; [[VideoGame/WarioWare Wario]] has his overalls from [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros the main series]], the [[VideoGame/WiiFit Wii Fit Trainer]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Robin]], the [[VideoGame/AnimalCrossing Villager]] and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Corrin]] all have female variants, [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine Bowser Jr.]] has [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 the Koopalings]], [[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} Olimar has Alph]], [[VideoGame/PunchOut Little Mac]] has his wireframe appearance from the original arcade game, and GuestFighter {{Guest Fighter}}s [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]] has his and VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} have their costumes from ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'' costume.and the first ''Bayonetta'', respectively.
20th Dec '15 3:37:45 AM totoofze47
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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros.'' uses this for alternative costumes. [[ColorCodedMultiplayer If players choose the same characters for team battles, the brightness on the characters are changed.]] To a lesser degree, in some of the games there were characters with move sets very similar to each other with small deviations such as their speed and power (Mario/Luigi, Pikachu/Pichu, ect) though later games tended to give new moves and bigger deviations so that similar characters felt a little more unique.
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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros.'' uses '': ** All games use this for alternative costumes. [[ColorCodedMultiplayer If players choose the same characters for team battles, the brightness on the characters are changed.changed]]. ** While most characters merely change color, a few get different costumes, some of them downright using "other" characters; [[VideoGame/WarioWare Wario]] has his overalls from [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros the main series]], the [[VideoGame/WiiFit Wii Fit Trainer]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Robin]], the [[VideoGame/AnimalCrossing Villager]] and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Corrin]] all have female variants, [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine Bowser Jr.]] has [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 the Koopalings]], [[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} Olimar has Alph]], [[VideoGame/PunchOut Little Mac]] has his wireframe appearance from the original arcade game, and GuestFighter [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]] has his ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'' costume. ** To a lesser degree, in some of the games there were characters with move sets very similar to each other with small deviations such as their speed and power (Mario/Luigi, Pikachu/Pichu, ect) though later games tended to give new moves and bigger deviations so that similar characters felt a little more unique.
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