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Ah, “Lv. UP!”

I’ve been doing quite a bit with this universe, and it’s not even mine. Yet I’ve managed to create a fair number of characters relating to it. It started with Malcolm, and then after a long time both Mag and Diesel emerged. With the three of them together a separate story for them began to take shape. This in turn caused another character to appear, Marcy. If it’s to be counted, Malcolm’s cursed coat “Obsidex” was an early idea that wasn’t revealed until later.

Indeed, there was quite a lot of thought put into these characters of mine, so much so that I began to feel like their story was starting to breach the main story of the real main characters Nate and Izzy (even though Malcolm’s story didn’t involve them so heavily). So I had to step away from it for a while and focus on other things. Eventually though I was back at it, but at a fairly moderate pace.

During the whole thought process I was making “sprite doodles” of some of the characters, and not just my own. And with the doodles, there emerged some additional conceptualizing, primarily alternate wardrobes. Of the other characters’ alternate wear, I’m not sure if there’s been any potential influence, but perhaps it’s also because sprites aren’t the most detailed art form out there.

In any case, I decided to assemble the characters that were made for the universe and create similar sprite doodles for all of them. Some were a bit challenging to do. But as you can see there’s already a fairly big, colorful cast…and this is just the assortment that’s been publicly shown here in deviantART. Who knows how many others are going to appear in the future?

If anything, I’ll try not to add too much more to the list myself. X3

Lv. UP! © :icondt-fox: and :iconcj-fox:
“Max” Character © :iconns-games:
“Malcolm,” “Mag,” “Diesel,” and “Marcy” Characters, and Sprites © 2010 :iconmalamiteltd:
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:iconlinkk1999:
linkk1999 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
those characters i mean THESE FREAKING 15 CHARACTERS NEED TO BE IN A VIDEO GAME. SWEAR TO GOD THEY NEED TO BE IN A VIDEO GAME. i mean look how cool those sprites are.
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They're okay.

start the Konami code
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:iconlinkk1999:
linkk1999 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
um how.
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:iconmalamiteltd:
MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
click the sprite area, use the arrow keys
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linkk1999 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
i think i shat my pants...:iconohdeargodplz: but it was epic.
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:iconjessicaingmann:
JessicaIngmann Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Someone's been a busy lil' malamute. X3
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You have no idea. X3
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:iconthelupineone:
TheLupineOne Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Student General Artist
:icondt-fox: and :iconcj-fox: should just go and sell the rights to LV. UP to you!

UP UP DOWN DOWN LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHT -THE FUTURE...-

Not coming to a WarioWare D.I.Y. Warehouse to you any time soon, because it's SECRET...

ps Tagging this Interactive was a bit of a giveaway...
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:iconmalamiteltd:
MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Not sure if I'd be ready for the full load. At the moment I've come up with enough just for the characters I've created. X3

ps Tagging this Interactive was a bit of a giveaway...
Sure, but I didn't intend on keeping it a secret forever. :3
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:iconbrunomeles:
BrunoMeles Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice set of sprites here! :)
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:iconmalamiteltd:
MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh. Thanks...

You've looked through some of the comments here yet?
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:iconbrunomeles:
BrunoMeles Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, good thing someone mentioned the Konami code, otherwise I don't think I'd have found that there's more than meets the eye here! Very clever. :XD:
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TCandFriends2 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
They look awesome! :D
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:iconmalamiteltd:
MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah! Thank you.

You should see their proper drawings! :3
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TCandFriends2 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
Konami code easter eggs?...Cool! :D
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DT-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Oh, Lordy! What a sight to see on X-Mas day! I've never felt so honored, happy, and guilty all at the same time before! D: Here you are with LU still on your mind, and I'm just fiddle-forking around! Given, I'm still building concepts and characters, but I can't say much if I don't show much...

Anyway, At first I thought it was just a regular picture, (which was already awesome) but then looking through the comments, I see its not JUST a picture! And how epic it truly is (yes, I did say "hi" to Bill Rizer).

I love how accurate the sprite versions are, and lovin' your style of them. Thanks for taking the time to do this, man! :D

All I can say about Lv. UP! itself is: 2011; It is time! For realz.
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
He. It's an interesting idea, and I don't see why it hadn't been made the most of. But perhaps there's a vision in my head of the universe that may not be matching with yours, so I may not be *fully* understanding the big picture. Which is why I'm a little hesitant of messing with the main story too much.

That said, I did kinda want to do this a bit of a while ago after seeing your character bios thing-in-progress. I guess I didn't get the motivation until just recently, and it ended up being the biggest holiday project I've done. There would've been more to the Flash, like presenting small insight when clicking on a character, but because I couldn't make an ideal layout to do so I basically scrapped it and left it as is; a rather large group picture. With a clickable logo of sorts.

It wasn't easy, and there was a lot of adjusting what needed to be done. There's plenty of work that isn't as easy to see (Beauty, for example, actually has a full body drawing). My favorites drawings of the bunch (not including my own) are Betsy, Alez, and Max. On that note, the Obsidex picture is actually the first art I've drawn through Photoshop. And not just of Obsidex, since it's technically the first "hand-drawn" art of him/it.

So once again I'm saying I look forward to seeing Lv. UP! soon. It's obviously brought out some inspiration, but it's up to you to you to give it some legs. :3
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NS-Games Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Holly cow! I guess I should start here shouldn't I?

And I guess the one I need to be commenting on is of course Max Acada there. Something that catches my eye right off the bat there is that you did not change up anything about him at all, which I'm not saying is a bad thing, but I know you had all those suggestions for him. :XD:

Something in the back of my mind kept saying you made a sprite version of him, but you know, just hadn't released it until now. Did I expect to see that today? Well no, I wasn't really expecting anything at all involving one of my characters at all. :XD:

But all I can really say is that looks really cool, and for that matter looks very accurate. Thank you so much for doing this, and I will have something for you within a matter of an hour or two.
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:iconmalamiteltd:
MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh. And I suspect you said hi to Bill Rizer as well?
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:iconns-games:
NS-Games Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hold on a second... *turns around* HI BILL! *turns back around*
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice. So you found anything clickable?
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:iconns-games:
NS-Games Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Just the logo right, or is there anything else?
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:iconmalamiteltd:
MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
...

Do you have any inkling as to who "Bill Rizer" even is?
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NS-Games Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
All I know is that he's a character from Contra.
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:iconmalamiteltd:
MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
. . .

Remember how to get extra lives?
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JosephCollins Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nifty stuff!
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:iconmalamiteltd:
MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you click on the Lv. Up! logo?
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JosephCollins Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Inexplicable fanfare! But for some reason, it makes me want to press a series of keys in a sequence. Eight arrows, two letters, and possibly the Shift key, then Enter. ...is that normal?
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
If it's a trigger reaction, then go for it. :3
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JosephCollins Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That. Is wicked awesome.
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:iconmalamiteltd:
MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You can imagine how long it took to put all that together.
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