In the early days of the Gaming Industry, there were many disadvantages to not living in Japan and nothing embodied this better than the Super Famicom. Known to us westerners as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, one of the many advantages the Japanese had over us was the much better box art for the games. We, meanwhile, never got to enjoy it. Until now, that is.
Bitmap Books, in an effort to show that video games really are art, are releasing an art book that shows two hundred and fifty different Japanese Super Famicom game covers. According to the pre-order page;
“Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection comes in a square format book, bound in charcoal grey wibalin with a gold foil block logo and lithographically printed to the highest standards. Long-time games journalist Steve Jarratt, launch editor of Edge and Nintendo magazine Total! will oversee the text and also write the foreword.”
The book comes in both standard and Collectors Edition, but the Collectors Edition is only available by pre-ordering. According to the website;
“With the Collector’s Edition, the book comes encased within an oversized Super Famicom style game box with a card sleeve and plastic tray inside. The artwork will be printed using Pantone inks and features a gold foil blocked logo.”
An avid gamer since Nintendo vs Sega was a thing, Joe hopes to one day be a game designer himself.
When he’s not working on his design document for his planned ‘Joe is awesome’ RPG, he spends his time writing, going to track days and going to his local cinema.