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BOX=ART is a site dedicated to the history of video game box art/ cover art and the artists responsible for them.

Box arts are profiled using high quality scans and with the intention of acknowledging the men and women who have played such a major role in shaping our gaming experiences.

Not only for video game enthusiasts, BOX=ART is for all who enjoy quality artwork.


All information on this site is through my own findings and is believed to be correct.  Any corrections, errors or admissions that need to be made, or artists that would like to be involved in BOX=ART, please feel free to contact me.

F-1 Live Information | Sega Enterprise Ltd. | 1995 | by Akira Watanabe | Saturn.

F1 Manager Professional | Software 2000 | 1997 | by Tom Thiel | MS-DOS.

F-15 Strike Eagle | MicroProse | 1985 | EU/ NA ver. | by David Martin | Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX,  PC Booter, Thomson TO, ZX Spectrum.

F-15 Strike Eagle | MicroProse | 1992 | by Mike Bates | NES.

F-15 Strike Eagle II | MicroProse | 1991 | EU ver. | by Steinar Lund | Amiga, Atari ST, Mega Drive, MS-DOS.

F-15 Strike Eagle II | MicroProse | 1992 | by Mike Bates | Genesis.

F-16 Fighting Falcon | Virgin Mastertronics | 1990 | by David John Rowe | ZX Spectrum.

F-117A Stealth Fighter | MicroProse | 1992 | by Mike Bates | NES.

Fade to Black | Electronic Arts | 1995 | EU/ NA ver. | by Moebius | MS-DOS.

Fairlight II | The Edge | 1986 | by Susan Rowe | Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, ZX Spectrum.

Falcon: The Renegade Lord | Virgin Games Ltd. | 1987 | by Peter Andrew Jones | Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.

Fast Food | Codemasters | 1989 | by Nigel Fletcher | Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, ZX Spectrum.

Fatal Fury | SNK | 1991 | JPN ver. | by Shinkiro | Neo Geo AES, Super Famicom.































































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Final Fight (ファイナルファイト) | Capcom | 1992 | by Akiman | Sega CD, X68000.

Originally this piece was the promotional artwork for the 1989 arcade game.

Fighting Street (ストリートファイター Sutorīto Faitā) | Hudson Soft | 1988 | by Bengus | PC Engine, Turbo Grafx.

Debut box art for the Street Fighter series. It would introduce the Ryu character who would be subsequently depicted on the majority of Street Fighter related covers.

The Turbografx version would ship with the Japanese PC Engine cover art intact. This decision would be uncommon for the time and is an early example of eastern art supporting a North American format.

As with many box arts from the 80’s it would take clues from the original japanese arcade flyer, but for a more direct representation see the Mareen Kringen’s, Street Fighter for DOS. Europe’s home computer cover arts would eschew any Japanese references and instead produce a unique box art in line with 80’s beat ‘em up cover arts such as Renegade.

Fatal Fury (グリーンベレー) | SNK America Corp | 1991 | NA ver. | by Roger Motzkus.

Roger’s debut box art and a fine example of the realistic style of character art that was becoming popular in the early 90’s (also see Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell’s early 90’s work). Roger’s cover would be used exclusively on the North American AES release with the Japanese version being designed by SNK artist Shinkiro. Shinkiro’s cover was arguably a little too styalised for what American kids were used to at the time and was understandably replaced.

Interestingly, instead of using Roger’s art for the US Genesis and SNES versions another Japanese illustrator took over duties: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.    


Final Fantasy (ファイナルファンタジー) | Square | 1987 | JPN ver. | by Yoshitaka Amano | Famicom, MSX, PS1.

The box art that debuted the enduring Final Fantasy (FF) series , would also be the start of Illustrator Yoshitaka Amano’s career in video games. Yoshitaka would bring FF’s delicate ukiyo-e woodblock print to life through its wispy lines and vibrant colours, and flavour it with eastern romanticism.  It was a cover art seeped in sorrow and anguish, setting the tone for one of gaming’s epic adventures.

FF’s artistry would speak volumes and be a central part of the game’s - and series’ - success’.  Amano would complement Square’s vision of explaining how video games could emotionally appeal to their audience through story and art, and helped promote the Famicom to enormous levels of success.  

Amano’s style of fine art was interestingly at odds with a great deal of Manga/ anime inspired Japanese box art of the day.  This is especially apparent when you compare the cover art to FF’s main competitor Dragon Quest. Unfortunately, as with much Japanese artwork from the late 80’s, FF’s cover art would be replaced, deemed too unsuitable for the American market in 1990, and not see a western release until over a decade later.

Original sketch and alternative colour palette.


Finders Keepers | Mastertronic | 1985 | by John Smyth | Amstrad CPC, Commodore 16/ 64, Enterprise, MSX, ZX Spectrum.

One of Mastertronic’s more fondly remembered games from it’s early days and subsequently John’s most popular cover art. It would be a typical example of the artists cartooned fun and was a great counterbalance to fellow stable-mate Mark J. Brady’s more mature sci-fi covers.



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Directory - 123 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Final Doom | id Software | 1996 | PS1, Windows.

The first box art in the Doom series to revise artist Don Ivan Punchatz’s original logo and also to predomintly use a logo in place of artwork. It was released at the same time as id’s latest smash Quake, whose box art also eschewed an artwork in place of a minimal but powerful design.

Fire Emblem: Awakening (ファイアーエムブレム 覚醒) | Nintendo | 2012 | by Yusuke Kozaki | 3DS.

Panoramic promotional artwork.

Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright | Nintendo | 2015 | by Yusuke Kozaki | 3DS.

Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest | Nintendo | 2015 | by Yusuke Kozaki | 3DS.

Fire & Forget II | Titus | 1989 | by Jean-Pierre Ferte | Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Master System, MS-DOS.

Fire Hawk: Thexder The Second Contact | Game Arts | 1989 | by Jun Suemi | MS-DOS, MSX, PC-88.

Fire King | SSG | 1989 | by Nick Stathapoulos | Commodore 64, MS-DOS.

Fireblaster | Prism Leisure Corp | 1988 | by Steinar Lund | Amiga, Atari ST.

First Over Germany | SSI | 1988 | by Marc William Ericksen | Commodore 64, MS-DOS.

First Queen | Kure Software Koubou | 1988 | by Yoshitaka Amano | MS-DOS, PC-98, X68000.  

First Queen II | Kure Software Koubou | 1990 | by Yoshitaka Amano | PC-98, X68000.

First Queen III | Kure Software Koubou | 1993 | by Yoshitaka Amano | PC-98.

First Queen IV | Kure Software Koubou | 1994 | by Jun Suemi | PS1.

Fist II | Melbourne House | 1986 | EU ver. | by David John Rowe | Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.

Flag Capture | Atari | 1978 | by John Enright | Atari 2600/ VCS.

Flight Commander 2 | The Avalon Hill Game Company | 1994 | by Kurt Miller | Macintosh, Windows 3.x.

Flintstones in Viva Las Rock Vegas | Midas Interactive | 2003 | by Drew Struzan | PS2.

Flintstones, The | Taito | 1993 | by Greg Martin | Genesis, Mega Drive.

Flintstones, The: King Rock Treasure Island | Taito | 1993 | by Greg Martin | Game Boy.

Flintstones, The: The Surprise at Dinosaur Peak | Taito | 1994 | by Greg Martin | NES.

Flintstones, The: The Treasure of Sierra Madrock | Taito | 1994 | by Greg Martin | SNES, Super Famicom.

Flood | Electronic Arts | 1990 | by David John Rowe | Amiga, Atari ST.

Flying Shark | Firbird Software | 1987 | EU ver. | by David John Rowe | Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.

F.O.F.T – Federation of Free Traders | Spotlight Software | 1989 | by Peter Andrew Jones | Amiga, Atari ST.

Football | Atari | 1978 | by Cliff Spohn | Atari 2600/ VCS.

Football | Texas Instruments | 1983 | by Steve Chorney | TI-99/4A.

Football Unlimited | Software 2000 | 1994 | by Celal Kandemiroglu | Amiga, MS-DOS.

Fortress of the Witch King | The Avalon Hill Game Company | 1983 | NA ver. | by Jim Talbot | Apple II, Commodore 64.

Forgotten Worlds | Capcom | 1989 | by Akiman | Genesis, Mega Drive.

Fort Apocalypse | Synapse Software Corp | 1982 | by Tim Boxell | Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64.

Frankie goes to Hollywood | Ocean Software | 1985 | by Bob Wakelin | Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64,  ZX Spectrum.  

Fred | Quicksilva | 1984 | by David John Rowe | ZX Spectrum.

Frenzy | Quicksilva | 1983 | by David John Rowe | ZX Spectrum.

Friday the 13th | Bug Byte | 1989 | by David John Rowe | ZX Spectrum.

Frog Bog | Mattel Electronics | 1982 | by Jerrol Richardson | Intellivision.

From TV Animation: One Piece Treasure Battle! | Bandai | 2002 | by Eiichiro Oda | GameCube.

Front Mission | Square | 1995 | by Yoshitaka Amano | Super Famicom, WonderSwan Color.

Front Mission 1st | Square Enix | 2003 | by Yoshitaka Amano | PS1.

Front Mission 3 | Squaresoft | 1999 | by  Akihiro Yamada | PS1.

Front Mission: Gun Hazard | Square | 1996 | by Yoshitaka Amano | Super Famicom.

Front Mission Online | Square Enix | 2005 | by Yoshitaka Amano | PS2, Windows.

Frost Byte | Mikro-Gen Ltd | 1986 | by Steinar Lund | Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.

Fu-un Shinsengumi | Genki | 2004 | blue cover. | by Yoji Shinkawa | PS2.

Fu-un Shinsengumi | Genki | 2004 | red cover. | by Yoji Shinkawa | PS2.

Full Tilt! Pinball | Maxis Software | 1996 | by Marc William Ericksen | Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.x.

Fur Fighters: Viggo’s Revenge | Acclaim | 2001 | by Simon Bisley | PS2.

Fury 3 | Microsoft | 1995 | by Dave McMacken | Windows.

Fury, The | Martech Games | 1988 | by Rodney Matthews | Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.

Final Fight II | Capcom | 1991 | EU/ NA ver. | by Greg Winters | SNES.

Final Fight 3 | Capcom | 1995 | JPN ver. | by Bengus | Super Famicom.

Final Fight 3 | Capcom | 1996 | NA ver. | by Greg Winters | SNES.

Final Fight One | Capcom | 2001 | by Shinkiro | Game Boy Advance.

Final Zone | Wolf Team | 1990 | JPN ver. | by Haruhiko Mikimoto | Mega Drive, X68000.

Final Zone | Renovation | 1990 | NA ver. | by Frank Cirooco | Genesis.

Final Fantasy | Square Enix | 2007 | by Yoshitaka Amano | PSP.

Final Fantasy I-II | Square | 1994 | by Kazuko Shibuya | Famicom.

Final Fantasy II | Square | 1988 | by Yoshitaka Amano | Famicom.

Final Fantasy III | Square | 1990 | by Yoshitaka Amano | Famicom.

Final Fantasy III DS | Square Enix | 2006 | by Yoshitaka Amano | Nintendo DS.

Final Fantasy IV | Square | 1991 | by Kazuko Shibuya (chibis) & Yoshitaka Amano (title/ logo) | Super Famicom.

Final Fantasy VI | Square | 1997 | by Yoshitaka Amano | PS1.

Final Fantasy IV Advance | Square Enix | 2005 | EU/ NA ver. | by Yoshitaka Amano | Game Boy Advance.

Final Fantasy IV Advance | Square Enix | 2005 | JPN ver. | by Yoshitaka Amano | Game Boy Advance.

Final Fantasy IV DS | Square Enix | 2007 | by Yoshitaka Amano | Nintendo DS.

Final Fantasy V | Square | 1992 | by Kazuko Shibuya (chibis) & Yoshitaka Amano (title/ logo) | Super Famicom.

Final Fantasy V Advance | Square Enix | 2006 | by Yoshitaka Amano | Game Boy Advance.

Final Fantasy VI Advance | Square Enix | 2006 | by Yoshitaka Amano | Game Boy Advance.

Final Fantasy VII | Square | 1997 | by Yoshitaka Amano | PS1.

Final Fantasy XI Online | Square Enix | 2003 | JPN ver. | by Yoshitaka Amano |PS2, Windows.

Final Fantasy XI Online | Square Enix | 2004 | EU/ NA ver. | by Yoshitaka Amano | PS2, Windows.

Final Fantasy XI Online: Seekers of Adoulin | Square Enix | 2013 | by Yoshitaka Amano | PS2, Windows, Xbox 360.

Final Fantasy XI Online: Wings of the Goddess | Square Enix | 2007 | by Yoshitaka Amano | PS2, Windows, Xbox 360.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (Limited Edition) | Square Enix | 2017 | by Akihiko Yoshida | PS4.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Nordic Edition) | Square Enix | 2012 | by Yoshitaka Amano | PS3, Xbox 360.

Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn | Square Enix | 2010 | JPN ver. | by Akihiko Yoshida | PS3, PS4.

Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn (Collectors Edition) | Square Enix | 2013 | by Yoshitaka Amano | PS3, PS4, Windows.

Final Fantasy XIV Online (Collectors Edition) | Square Enix | 2010 | by Yoshitaka Amano | Windows.

Final Fantasy XV: Deluxe Edition | Square Enix | 2016 | by Yoshitaka Amano | PS4.

Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition | Square Enix | 2018 | by Yoshitaka Amano | PS4, Xbox One.

Final Fantasy Anthology | Square Enix | 1999 | by Yoshitaka Amano | PS1.

Final Fantasy Anthology: European Edition | Square Enix | 2002 | by Yoshitaka Amano | PS1.

Final Fantasy Legend, The | Squaresoft | 1990 | NA ver. | by Steve Peringer | Game Boy.

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest | Squaresoft | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | by Steve Peringer | SNES.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance | 2003 | by Nao Ikeda | Game Boy Advance.

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions | Square Enix | 2007 | by Akihiko Yoshida | Sony PSP.

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light | Square Enix | 2009 | JPN ver. | by Akihiko Yoshida | Nintendo DS.

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light | Square Enix | 2010 | EU/ NA ver. | by Akihiko Yoshida | Nintendo DS.

Final Fantasy Type-0 | Square Enix | 2011 | by Yoshitaka Amano | Sony PSP.

Final Fight | Capcom | 1991 | EU/ NA ver. | by Ben Perini | SNES.

Final Fantasy | Nintendo | 1990 | NA ver. | by GIRVIN | NES.

Fighting Vipers II | Sega | 2001 | EU ver. | by Imaitoonz | Dreamcast.

Fighting Warrior | Melboure House | 1985 | by Steinar Lund | Amstrad CPC, Commodore 16, Plus/4, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.  

Fatal Fury 2 | SNK | 1993 | NA ver. | by Shinkiro | Neo Geo AES.

Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory | SNK | 1995 | by Shinkiro | Neo Geo AES.

Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory | SNK | 1996 | by Shinkiro | Neo Geo CD.

Fatal Fury Special | SNK | 1993 | by Shinkiro | FM Towns, Neo Geo AES, Neo Geo CD, Mega /Sega CD, Super Famicom, X68000.

Fatal Rewind | Psygnosis | 1991 | by Roger Dean | Mega Drive.

Fate: Gates of Dawn | reLINE Software | 1991 | by Celal Kandemiroglu | Amiga, Atari ST.

Felix the Cat | Hudson Soft | 1992 | by Greg Martin | Game Boy, NES.

Feud | Mastertronic | 1988 | NA ver. | by Oliver Frey | Commodore 64, MS-DOS.

Fiend Hunter | Right Stuff Corp. | 1993 | by Akihiro Kimura | PC Engine.

Fighting Masters | Treco | 1991 | JPN ver. | by Yasushi Torisawa | Mega Drive.

F-Zero (エフゼロ) | Nintendo | 1990 | JPN ver. | by Art Nichols (ink) & Paris Cullens (pencil) Janet “JayJay” Jackson (colour) | Super Famicom. (1)

Off the back of their licened Nintendo of America comics (early 90’s), VALIANT would get the commission from Nintendo of Japan to design the cover for Super Famicom launch title, F-Zero. For the time it was quite the feat for western artist’s to be picked to do this work, considering Japan’s proud attitude towards its own comic industry.

Along with writer Jim shooter the artst’s would additionally produce the pack-in comic book.  The complete package would add a surprising amount of western influence for such a high profile eastern release, but more surprising is that the cover art was never used outside of Japan where it would have perhaps been more at home.  Instead it was replaced with a duller air-brushed effort.

Art recalls that the price they charged for the piece was massively in excess to what VALIANT would normally charge, $35,000 compared to £5,000!