Great Job, Internet!: These sumptuous GIFs raise Nintendo nostalgia to an artform
As evidenced by the runaway popularity of the NES Classic Edition in recent weeks, nostalgia for the golden age of Nintendo is alive and well in 2016. The Nintendo Entertainment System, that familiar grayish rectangle of childhood, can be said to have influenced the sensibilities of an entire generation in a profound way. And some of those Nintendo-addicted kids have grown up to become filmmakers and animators themselves, as evidenced by Back To Bits, an ongoing animation project utilizing the talents of a small army of international artists. Curated by Jerry Liu, this project consists of brief animated GIFs inspired by video games. The first stage—what Liu calls “Level 1” of Back To Bits—centers around classic Nintendo games and characters. Now, some of these backwards-looking GIFs have been edited together into a lightning-fast montage called “NES Nostalgia,” complete with a score by Wesley Slover.