In fighting games, such as Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter, palette swapping lets them increase their roster of fighters without having to draw new ones. One of the most famous examples of palette swapping is Mortal Kombat's Scorpion and Reptile, who are simple swaps of Sub-Zero. Though the color's are swapped, it's still left up to the programmers to make the fighters different, with new moves & character controls.
Role Playing Games
In RPGs like Final Fantasy, a palette swap is often used to not only create new monster species & save time, but to differentiate between elements. For example, a normal pig monster could be yellow, but a green pig monster would have a poisonous attack, and a red pig monster would have fire elemental attacks.
Notable Palette Swap Characters
- Luigi - Originally intended to be a clone of Mario.
- Sub-Zero - Mortal Kombat was notorious for their numerous palette swap characters, with Scorpion and Rain being exact counterparts to Sub-Zero.
- Koopa Troopa - With at least four main variations in colour, not including Paratroopas which also features two variants of palette swap.
- The male/female player controlled characters of Harvest Moon: Magical Melody can be palette swapped in multiplayer.
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