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Watch Captain America: Civil War As An Old School Video Game

As the essential video game generation, we’ve seen the way gaming and graphics have progressed since the 80’s and 90’s. What began as 8-bit games which were purposely made unwinnable has become stunning story-driven masterpieces of technological achievement. However, those of us who had the more simple gaming systems of the past will always have a soft place in our hearts for the likes of the SNES and Sega Genesis. Knowing our thrill for nostalgia, John Stratman from has reimagined the trailer for the biggest summer box office movie as an 8-bit game. That movie is Captain America: Civil War. Check it out below.

Pretty great, right? This video is basically a shot for shot remake of Captain America: Civil War’s original trailer. And it makes me want to button mash the crap out of this fictional beat-em-up.

This video must have taken a ton of time. After all, each of the large ensemble cast of characters needed their own sprites and animations. The final moments of the 8-bit trailer, which show Team Cap and Team Iron Man charging at each other was especially cool, as all of the respective heroes used their powers for a brief moment. Scarlet Witch ascends into the air, Falcon’s wings open, and the battle commences. 

Another one of the strong points of this video would be the sound design. Because games didn’t use to have voice acting, we were forced to read each bit of dialogue. And usually every letter scrolled, and had a sound effect. Additionally, the creators of this video perfectly recorded a soundtrack which seemed appropriate for that generation of games. In a way, it’s hilarious to see a trailer which normally take itself so seriously be reduced to a more cartoonish and silly version of its original.

Now that you’ve seen the 8-bit version, check out the original trailer below.

It’s pretty spot on, and both trailers made me appreciate the other one more. 

With Captain America: Civil War already raking up an insane amount of money with its first weekend of released, it’s a pity that accompanying video games are no longer standard practice. While seemingly every movie and TV show from the 90’s had an accompanying 8-bit game, this is no longer the norm of the video game world. After video game adaptations began declining in quality and were clearly just a ploy to make more money for the studio, the practice mostly halted. However, I’d love to play an 8-bit version of Civil War on my browser, so I’d like to formally challenge any talented game creator to make it happen.

Captain America: Civil War is currently in theaters and kicking major ass. Be sure to check it out. 

Corey Chichizola
Corey Chichizola

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.