Palette swapping: 17 games that did it right

The 17 most memorable palette-swapped video game characters ever.

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#13: Kuma and Panda (Tekken 3)


So you are a grizzled video game programmer who wants to make a fighter with 23 characters. The only problem is you only have room for 22. Fortunately, one of your characters is a non-descript, fighting bear, who--with a few tweaks and embellishing--could be easily converted into an all-new (looking) second fighter. And luckily for you, Mother Nature has already created a variety of Ursidae Caniform (bear) that comes pre-embellished. This palette swap is notable for the fact that Kuma (the paletter) is actually in love with Panda (the palettee). You'll soon notice that this would be disturbing for most of the other entries.

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