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Faxanadu - Tower of Trunk Entrance - Photoshop Spe by Elemental79 Faxanadu - Tower of Trunk Entrance - Photoshop Spe by Elemental79
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This is a remastered screenshot from the video game Faxanadu a game made for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987. It is about a battle between Elves and Dwarves caused by an evil being that came to the land via a meteor. The entire game takes place inside a gigantic tree. This image depicts the root system of the tree which is dying from lack of water.

There are about 6 people in the entire world that remember this game. But it was one of my favorites. The game has a lot of room for enhancement, but the style overall I always thought was excellent in the original. The music was also one of the best for the NES. (If you're reading this and are musically inclined, please make remixes of this game!)

This scene is modified from the original game and displayed in widescreen instead of 4x3.

This image took a very long time to create (close to 50 hours).
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Malitz Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
Thanks for taking the time to create this artwork. It really brought me back some 25 years. I'm pretty sure there are hundreds of fans out there that would love to see a remake and would even be interested in helping fund it. What an incredible game Faxanadu was. It was dark, compelling, and challenging --- and the music was awesome. Basically, it pretty much had all the elements that are missing from its many modern equivalents.
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Ginzoo Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
here is another one of the 6 people that remember it, great game. LOVE the pic
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DanielSasso Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
If only Nintendo would make this! I remember playing the hell out of this when I was 7.
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Elmind Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
This makes me wish someone loved it enough to remake it... :<
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:iconkampy:
Kampy Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Ive just beaten this game. Nice fan art! The real graphics were 'a little' more pixelated :D
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:iconvormaen:
vormaen Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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vormaen Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There are far more than six that have fond memories of this game.  And your doctored hd remake wet my appetite.  Every year I catch myself looking for some hd remake I can play.  No fair, but superb work.
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LittleKunai Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
the colors are great
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:iconjuanimator:
Juanimator Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I love this! It is awesome!
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Moon-Light-Shadow6 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Faxanadu is one of those over looked games that is by far one of the best for the nes! I really wish they would do a remake for it using these graphics! 
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thegeeksource Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Sick! :)
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ardanath Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
I loved Faxanadu.  This not helping that old school game buzz in the back of my brain.
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joubqa Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
a fantastic game. just beat it recently for the first time so it's great even without nostalgia :)
this game needs a sequel or remake 
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VICTOX Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Ты реальный Мастер!!
Абалденные арты!!!
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likelikes Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i love this - i remember this game, duh!
Don't have negative thoughts - Remember your mantra!!!
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Nosidex Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Aaaww man, i thought it was a revamped game. @_@
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CustomSaga Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the Youtube video. I've watched it maybe twenty times, and I want to add that Faxanadu is maybe my favourite NES game.
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Ebonhearth Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
I have my NES with this game in my living room, and I've named my mail adress after this game.
Thanks for this job, this is just... amazing, not other words.

(Sorry for bad english, Frenchy' comment ^^")
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KENSHIROGAIDEN Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Wonderful ^____^
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RobertRojas Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!! Great Job man! wow
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:iconlijj:
Lijj Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Awesome!!! this is really well done.
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vibayo Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
I remember it, it's the only NES game I owned (though I don't remember how i got it) that I couldn't finish and i would really like it, but there was no way i could get past the mist area.
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WildSpaceSaga Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember the game. I played it quite a bit when I was a kid, but never was very good at it. Just finished watching a playthrough of it on YouTube. Your pic is amazing. Almost makes me wish they did a remastered version of it.
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Hannah66665 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When I got ahold of a working NES this is one of the first games my mom turned on.
I may have to give it a try... beautifully remastered!
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Hyde209 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hey man! Just tought you should know that I've remixed this games music =D

The temple/dungeon theme: [link]

Land of the Dwarves theme: [link]

Overworld theme: [link]
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DezorianGuy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
Good work. I like every little bit of addition to this great adventure.
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Hyde209 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks. Yeah it needs more lovet from gamers 😊
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theblock Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
:OMG: Good lord, I totally forgot about this game (even though I liked it as a kid)! Now if you can make Deadly Towers look awesome I'll be extremely impressed. I've been thinking about how to update Deadly Towers to make it a MUCH better game then on the NES, now I wanna think about this too, which I forgot till now. Great Job :w00t:!
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Orinn Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
I came here to say, I remember this game.
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TanksterInnovations Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist
Just fracking Amazing my Friend!
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Chocobobo2000 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Faxanadu or Famicom Xanadu is just a poor inspiration of the original Xanadu. If you loved Faxanadu, do yourself a favor and play the real original thing, especially on PC-98.

And believe me, there are more than 6 people, especially here in Japan, remembering this game :)

Also, you have been a little bit too generous with the EXP points, just an FYI, being Lord, the best ranking, requires 45000 points...

Except that, amazing work, of course.
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ruuke Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
This take me back to being a kid and watching my brother play through it, and finally playing it myself when I was in my teens. Thanks so much for this!
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MechaTron04 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was one of my favorite games for the NES. Challenging game, great music, one of the best games I've ever played. It is awesome that you captured it in this awesome art.
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VGDCMario Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Make a tutorial on how to do this.

Or at least some tips

Please.
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VGDCMario Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Also, I noticed the potion in the original screenshot has some sort of green square, but doesn't seem to appear in this one.
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RevolvingStone Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's badass. One of my favorite nes games, and one of the most underrated. I'd love to see a remake with updated graphics.
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Paralleladigm Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Great job--immediately recognizable! Was an incredibly tough game to me, though; I owned it, but my 6/7 year-old self just couldn't get the hang of it. Brings back memories nonetheless, and you're right--the music was awesome!
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GolanMaor Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
dam i must know how you do this highlightings and shadings ...
well is it "that easy" like it seems in the vid?
or it's hard to you to?
and do you use graphic tablet?
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beethy Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
Can I ask you which part was the hardest to make? I assume the tree on the left must've taken a long time!
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Elemental79 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Hard to say exactly. The baby dragon creature took some time to get right. Both the tree and the castle were a pretty big challenge since there was so much detailed highlighting that just took forever. Surprisingly though, the bricks in the background took a very long time. I didn't really think through just how long it would take by not using a recursive texture. So I had to highlight and shade every brick individually. In my video, I edit out about 50% of this process.
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:iconbeethy:
beethy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Photographer
Interesting.. Thanks for the insight!
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beethy Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
Goddamn. You impress me every single time.
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