The Best 2D Arcade Game Backgrounds

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The Best 2D Arcade Game Backgrounds

Classic 2D arcade platformers, brawlers and beat ’em ups can have amazing background art — with pixel perfect details and a wonderful colour palette. Unlike the similarly awesome 2D fighter backgrounds, people don’t pay as much attention to these.

Looking through 2D arcade game backgrounds, it’s funny to see how the artists were so into dodgy city districts that are so characteristic to the 90s. But for me, the best part is finding the small details — whether it’s an easter egg or a hidden tiny item.

Metal Slug 2





Metal Slug 4


Metal Slug 5


Silent Dragon




Bad Dudes vs. DragonNinja


Undercover Cops



Captain America and the Avengers


X-Men (arcade)

Final Fight



Final Fight 2 (with an accidental Chun Li cameo)

Double Dragon 2


Double Dragon 3



Ninja Gaiden (arcade)

King of Dragons


Knights of the Round



Crime Fighters



The Punisher


TMNT IV: Turtles In Time


Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon



Pictures: VGMaps, VGMuseum, BGHQ, ScrollBoss

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