Pixel Frames Mega Man, Sonic and Street Fighter Art Pick good moments

Pixel Frames shadow boxes have been around for a while. The idea is that the line captures a classic retro gaming moment, usually an 8-bit or 16-bit scene. Each is officially licensed, for the sake of accuracy and authenticity. They all add a bit of depth by placing elements on multiple layers. A number of different series, such as Castlevania, appeared in the collection. Now the latest Pixel Frames scenes capture moments from the Mega ManSonic the hedgehogand street fighter series. And as always with these items, the impression the final piece leaves will vary depending on the scene chosen.

All three Pixel Frames shadow boxes I examined were of the nine-inch by nine-inch variety. Each frame is black and about two inches thick. They also all come with a silver metal nameplate sticker. A person can take the back cover off and affix it to the frame as desired, with the game title and release date noted. The shadow box then has elements of a design that appear in a foreground layer, up to two middle layers, and a background layer. The result is, well, an image reminiscent of that old Sega 3D Classics listings on the Nintendo 3DS. You have a recognizable scene from a title, just with added depth to provide some extra context. The company uploads YouTube Shorts Videosto give a better idea of ​​how it works.

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As for how well different ones work, it all depends on the design. Of course, someone will have a penchant for the ones based on titles they love. But more objectively, the moment makes it. take the Mega Man 7 dr. Wily Pixel Frames shadow box. In many ways, this is a pretty ideal time. You have Mega Man, Dr. Light, Rush and Dr. Wily all in the scene. There is the meter on the left. There is definitely more texture and you can see the 3D effect. However, because there’s so much of it in the foreground, it doesn’t “pop” as much as the other two Pixel Frames I have. The composition is great and it’s a fantastic scene. But the effect is not so remarkable.


Now with the Street Fighter II Car Scene, the Pixel Frames mission is closer to ticking all the boxes by displaying the bonus stage of the game. You can really see how the company understood the brief here. The layers here are extremely clear and cast a large shadow. (Apart from the ones present in the art include Guile, the car, and Chun-Li.) The UI at the top of the screen looks good and pops. The car is in the midst of being broken. Guile uses a Sonic Boom, while Chun-Li performs Hyakuretsukyaku. Some of the broken car parts already fly away and are on their own layer, which also works out well. The rest of the background may seem a little flat, but you can definitely tell the difference between the ground and the ocean behind it. It’s done tactfully and instantly recognizable.

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But from what I’ve seen, I think the… Sonic the hedgehog Loop Scene is the Pixel Frames shadow box that best shows what this collection can do. First, we are in Green Hill Zone. Everyone knows it. Sonic has just finished going through one of the series’ signature loops. It gives a sense of speed, as we see that he has already gone through it and is moving. In addition, it offers the possibility to place it in one of the middle layers, with the front of the loop and “podium” in the foreground. Lurking is a Buzz Bomber, one of the series’ more recognizable default enemies. Plus, the background layer lags far enough behind to provide even more context. It highlights a lot of things that people love about the series. We have four tiers of force. There is a pretty good distribution of content across all four layers. The shadows are really visible when rendered. I just think it’s a very well cared for piece.

All I wish is there was an easel on every Pixel Frames piece. They all come with a sawtooth picture hanger on the back. This means that you can easily mount it to a wall and let it hang level. But there is no stand in case you wanted it on a shelf or table. On the plus side, the frame of each is quite thick. They are about two inches wide which means he can stand on his own if you put him somewhere. But given the height, I’d feel safer showing it with a real donkey in place. But if someone wanted to, it would probably be pretty easy to buy a donkey back separately and set it up for training.

Frankly, I get the impression that Pixel Frames’ shadowboxes are handled quite well in general. They are big pieces. Care is taken to obtain licenses for games that people have fond memories of. The scenes chosen are usually immediately recognizable scenes with familiar characters. Yes, getting one for a title someone prefers will probably be the most influential part of picking a title. But as for the actual rendering, it feels like the more detailed and active the scene, the more chance there is for the 3D effects and nature of the collection to stand out.

The Pixel Frames Mega ManSonic the hedgehogand street fighter shadow boxes are now available from retailers such as Amazon and IGN store. The retail price is $29.99 each. The official website because the collection is now also open.

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