Originally Posted by dlfrsilver
truth to be said, the tool they used to get the graphics on screen touched up and colored where scanned with the help of a scanner, then it was uploaded in the proprietary GFX tool. The japanese were using cartoon technic, applied to the video games. That's why the animations are so sharp and realistic. Once scanned, they retouched each animation frame, this making awesomely done games like SSF2, where all the guys are real life animated.
Correct, draw large scale first, usually on hand then pass to PC, colorize and resize to whatever size needed.
Example with similar techniques but using modern programs.