If you've never heard of DeviantArt now is the time to check it out. There is an artist named Orioto who is making some of the most amazing paintings of classic game scenes I've ever seen. I had a zelda pic made by this artist as my desktop wallpaper for a very long time. The paintings are done as if the original game had been done in HD and had been done without 3d.
I can say that long ago as consoles started getting more powerful I hoped and dreamed that games would look like this. Instead we got 3d. But my dream lives on in the imagination of this artist. Check out the gallery here. You can even pay to have a custom painting done. If you have an old favorite you would love to have done like this all you need is some cash.
Now what would be really awesome is if we could get some games done like this. Imagine some old classics redone in this style! It would bring a warm feeling into the heart of this old gamer.