WrestlerFest 2

Back when I was picked up to work on RetroMania Wrestling, I thought I’d better start practising pixel art. I even devoted an entire category to it on here, as those were the days when I would actually post semi-regularly.

This compelled me to go back to the very process which got me the job – where I took sprites from WrestleFest and tried to turn them into people who weren’t featured in the original game. So, to round things off, here are a selection of practise runs ranging from 2018 to just a few months ago. It was quite fun trying to capture the various likenesses and outrageous costumes – one thing that has dawned on me is that whilst pixel art might look simple on the surface, there’s actually scope for a lot of detail.

As I’ve said before with these, they are NOT RetroMania sprites, sorry if you find this and it gets your hopes up. Most of these guys are off the table for the game, unfortunately. It’s just for practise.

One month on from release, it seems like the game has gone down pretty well, with an 88% positive rating on Steam and various 4-star reviews elsewhere. Yay! I’m excited to see where it goes from here.

Thanks to John Blaze for the much needed inspiration with these and, indeed, for recommending me for the RetroMania job in the first place.

9 comments
  1. Jason said:

    Hi I love Wrestlefest and have been enjoying Retromania Wrestling on my Nintendo Switch and I am waiting for the PS4 version. I wanted to ask what program did you use to create your Wrestlefest Spries. I would to try my hand at pixel art to create some modern wrestlers in Wrestlefest style but I am clueless what program to use. Also have you uploaded any of your pixel art wrestlers or a tutorial on how to create them? Great work on your Retromania sprites.

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    • Jacob said:

      Hi Jason, many thanks for the nice comments. Glad you’re enjoying RetroMania!

      These sprites are all made in Photoshop, but any pixel editor/software should be capable of doing the job (GIMP is a free example which comes to mind). I haven’t done anything in the way of tutorial currently, but it might be something to consider in the future, when I feel I have something to teach. Right now, I’m just studying the WrestleFest sprites and trying my best to replicate those.

      Hope that helps. Thanks again!

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      • Jason said:

        Thanks for the reply. I’m new to trying to make sprites. Are you working from sprite sheets or are you working from just looking at pics of the wrestlers from Wrestlerfest. For instance I’m interested in trying to recreate all your wrestling sprites as a beginners tutorial and eventually making my own. Can I just look at the pics of your sprites or would I need some sprite sheets?

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  2. Jason said:

    Also would you happen to have the Wrestlefest sprites sheets I can’t find them anywhere

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    • Jacob said:

      You would need an idle sprite as a base, unless you fancied drawing the entire figure from scratch. I used the Hogan, Mr. Perfect and DiBiase idle sprites for pretty much all of these. Besides those idle sprites, I don’t have any from the game.

      Here are the ‘base’ figures I created from editing those original sprites:

      https://onwardigo.files.wordpress.com/2021/04/wrestlefestbase01-1.png

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      • Jason said:

        Thank you I managed recreate your Ron Simmons NOD sprite in Aseprite as practice. I think I did a ok job. Now I have to study on animating it. I want to start out by by creating a walking animation. I found a sprite sheet for Hogan from WWF Superstars and the walking animation was 4 images. Would I have to adjust the legs in the rest of the images my self or is there a program that will allow me to it to adjust them from the idle image?

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      • Jacob said:

        Cool! Yeah, you would need to manually adjust the arms and legs for walking frames. Good that you found the Hogan walk, hopefully that’ll help you out.

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  3. Jason said:

    Thanks. I think I’m gonna try to do your 2 Stings next he has always been my favorite wrestler. I’m gonna watch some tutorials on animating. Also gonna check your site from now on for new post.

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    • Jacob said:

      Have fun. Sting’s a great choice for pixel art, especially “Surfer Sting” with his colourful attires. I appreciate the support! 🙂

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