A quick way to make a neat wallpaper is to use an animated gif– no need to go to great lengths here. There are several apps that specialize in this–
For the Android, I recommend AnimGIF, easy to use. The free version has a watermark, but the paid version is cheap enough.
Once installed, here are a few animated gifs from the NES to get you started.
Here are ten retro video game backgrounds for your Android, iphone, iPad, or Desktop. Celebrate the glory of the old NES.
The great mutant, city-bashing game as an op-art wallpaper. Monkey, Lizard, wolf.
The hollowed-out tree level from Zelda. Spooky.
08. Hogan’s Alley
Commemorate the gangster shoot ‘em up with this sweet desktop background.
07. Bionic Commando
Super Joe and his spiky hair and green bullet bazooka. Oh, memories.
06. Link and Triforce
The first appearance of the green, pointy-hatted, triangle loving elf on a deep black background.
05. Tetris – Final Screen
The winning screen from Tetris.
04. Contra – Beating Heart
The bloody, beating heart– the final boss of Contra.
03. Super Mario 2 – Last Boss, Wart.
The bubble-belching Frog that Mario has to fight. Turns out it’s all a dream, though.
02. The Moblin
It’s a secret to everybody – this wallpaper is groovy.
Bonus points for animation.
A photoshop of the ‘losing’ screen from Hydlide.
Wart, final level of Super Mario Brothers 2, 8-Bit Wallpaper.
The original Hudson’s Adventure Island Wallpaper, photoshopped & texturized.