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GIF
Add any animation to your sprite to look more juicy!
Aseprite
$14.99
Animated sprite editor & pixel art tool
Node-based audio synthesizer
A free and easy to use retro adventure game creator for your favourite handheld video game system

GB Studio is awesome, it's really easy to pick up, with no programming experience needed and you can get a game up and running really fast ON A REAL GAMEBOY!

Create custom color palettes with ease

Palette Wizard is a great place to start when deciding on the looks of your game, it allows you to easily craft palettes and edit them to fit your needs.

GIF
Voxel editor suited for 2D artist with animations and retro rendering.

This tool allows you to create incredible 3D models by doing voxel art, and it looks so cute and pixelated that it gives that retro vibe.

It allows you to animate, try different color palettes and then export to spritesheets, split into layers and so much more.

Create your whole tileset instantly.

This tool is great when you are designing your new tileset, it allows you to easily go from one tile to all the different combinations you need to make.

Not only that but it also has smart brushes so that you can try your tileset in a very nice tile map editor.

Create your own 3D models and 2D sprites!

AssetForge is the ultimate 3D prototyping tool, it comes with a bunch of base models you can drag and move around, easily transform them to create your own complex models.

It was made by Kenney Studio and if you know "asset jesus" then you know what to expect.

A powerful branching dialogue editor for games. Can be used with any game engine / framework​.

I found Dialogue Designer to be a good way to create dialogue trees for visual novels and history driven RPGs, the export format and the UI are both very friendly and accessible to writers, cause we all know that not everyone in a team is a programmer.

GIF
Design pixelart effects and render them to .png sprite sheets or .gifs.

Pixel FX Designer is one of my favorite tools when designing special effects for pixel art games, it allows you to easily craft particle effects, and bake them into textures guaranteeing that they fit your palette and size restrictions.