8-bit began as an important basis for the video game industry. For example, it determined the way Super Mario looks. Creator Shigeru Miyamoto simply could not make a good recognizable human figure without big buttons, a mustache and a hat. That charm of lack on modern graphics still has many fans even in a time of much greater graphics capabilities. Designer Evan Walsh posted some amazing gifs on Tumblr that are inspired by Japan and 8-bit graphics.
8 Bit Inspiration
Below are some of the best gifs from his work. You can find more on his Tumblr page.