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guardic gaiden / the guardian legend font

description:

recreation of the pixel font from compile/irem's the guardian legend (aka guardic gaiden, 1988) on the nintendo famicom / NES. it combines the characters from the north american/european release and the original japanese one.

this font includes a full set of hiragana and katakana characters. in the game's tileset, the dakuten and handakuten are separate tiles, positioned in the line above the character they relate to. in this recreation, these characters are pre-combined into a single glyph.

similarly, in the password entry screen the game includes various characters with an umlaut/diaeresis, which are rendered as a separate tile in the preceding line. in this recreation, these have also been pre-combined. The game itself also uses some non-standard combinations (such as a k with an umlaut) - these have not been included, as they don't map to any standard unicode character. lastly, to avoid confusion, the numeral 0 in the password entry screen uses a slash. this has been mapped to the latin capital letter O with stroke character (U+00D8).

beyond this, only the characters present in the game's tile set have been included.

tags:
pixel font
completed:
15/04/2019

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