Ahoy, everyone! I have a treat for you all today. I found a picture of the NES’ color palette. The NES had a color palette of 52 possible colors. From that palette, I have created a Photoshop swatch palette. This means that by setting your image to “Indexed Color” and using this swatch palette, you can effortlessly create NES graphics that are faithful to the original color palette. Awesome. Here’s the Photoshop swatch palette:
Now, for pixel sprite creation, MSPaint has always been the best. However, for those of you with Macs (myself included), MSPaint is not an option. Instead, I recommend Pixen. It’s a pixel editor for Mac OS X. The latest version is buggy as all bloody Hell and I don’t know if the project is even alive or not. You might be better off rolling back to an older version (if you can find it). Anyways, here’s the link:
Have fun with your pixels, kids!