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About BOX=ART

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.

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Nanatama: Chronicle of Dungeon Master | GAE Inc. | 2001 | by Katsuya Terada | Sony PSP.

NARC | Ocean Software | 1990 | EU ver. | by Bob Wakelin | Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.

Narco Police | Dinamic Software | 1989 | by Luis Rojo | Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, MSX, PC Booter, ZX Spectrum.

NASL Soccer | Mattel Electronics | 1979 | by Jerrol Richardson | Intellivision.  

NATO Commander | MicroProse | 1984 | by David Martin | Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64.

Natsume Championship Wrestling | Natsume | 1993 | by Julie Bell | SNES.

Navy Blue ‘90 | Use Corp. | 1990 | by Susumu Matsushita | Game Boy.

Navy Moves | Dinamic Software | 1988 | by Luis Rojo | Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, MSX, ZX Spectrum.

NBA Basketball | Mattel Electronics | 1980 | by Jerrol Richardson | Intellivision.  

NBA Jam 2002 | Acclaim | 2002 | by Charles Bae | Game Boy Advance.

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

Nemesis | Konami | 1990 | EU/ NA ver. | by Tom Dubois | Game Boy.

Nemesis the Warlock | Martech Games | 1987 | by Bryan Talbot | Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.

Neocron | CDV Software | 2002 | by Tom Thiel | Windows.

NeoGeo Battle Coliseum | SNK Playmore | 2005 | by Hiroaki | PS2.

NES Play Action  Football | Nintendo | 1990 | by Philip Howe | Game Boy, NES.

Nevermind | Psyclapse | 1989 | by Ian Craig | Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS.

New Adventure Island | Hudson | 1992 | by Susumu Matsushita | PC Engine, Turbo Grafx.

New Horizons | KOEI | 1993 | by Noriyoshi Ohrai | FM Towns, Genesis, Mega Drive, MS-DOS, PC-98, PS1, Saturn, SNES, Super Famicom, X68000.

New York City | Synapse Software Corp | 1984 | by Tim Boxell | Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64.
































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NewZealand Story, The (ニュージーランドストーリー) | Ocean Software | 1989 | EU ver. | by Bob Wakelin | Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, NES, ZX Spectrum.

Bob Wakelin’s The NewZealand Story would take the colour and chaos of Japanese box art and place it firmly in European hands. Taking inspiration from the original arcade flyer by developer Taito, Bob would make it his own capturing the game’s bedlam and rich characterisation perfectly.

The cover art was created using airbrush and India ink and has Bob’s trademark defined outlines and movie poster finish.  He has gone on record to say that these character-heavy box arts (along with titles such as Rainbow Islands and Parasol Stars) were rather boring to do due to the length of time it took to plan and create them.  With this in mind it is all the more impressive that he created such a fine box art capturing the game’s essence with a rare sensitivity to Japanese artwork.    

Bob’s version ended up bettering all other cover art depictions (and there are many), and is one of the most recognisable and memorable of it’s era.


NAM-1975 (グリーンベレー) | SNK | 1990.

NAM-1975 would help launch the Neo Geo in Japan and the US with both regions shipping with the same cover. The cover would be cause mild controversy with some western distributors who took offence with the gun-wielding woman’s clevage and exposed thigh. They would go to the extreme’s of covering up the offending art with black pen on both the box and cart.

The artwork is a great example of the bombastic and grandeous art designs that Neo Geo AES games have famously become known for. It displays a truely Hollywood movie poster look, with a impressive use of color, plus light and shade. The character art and use of a biped-mech in the background points towards a Japanese artist designing it.

No Man’s Sky | Hello Games | 2016 | by Simon Stålenhag | PS4, Windows.

In a box art age where gloomy and tepid tones are awash, No Man’s Sky’s palette, pleasingly, bucks the trend and proves that a little colour can go a long way. Designed by Swedish born Simon Stålenhag, in what appears to be his debut box art, No Man’s Sky’s epic scale, otherworldliness and blending of technology and life enacts a sci-fi scene that encourages exploration and the arousal of curiosity. The colours vibrantly lift the landscape daring to push us further into the alien world, but manage to be tasteful and complimentary to each other.

Simon’s gifting for landscape art would make him a great choice; the artist also responsible for in-game concept art . Wall paper ver.


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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

No More Heroes | Marvelous Entertainment | 2007 | EU/ JPN ver. | by Yusuke Kozaki | Nintendo Wii.

No More Heroes | Ubisoft | 2008 | NA ver. | by Yusuke Kozaki | Nintendo Wii.

No More Heroes 2: Desparate Struggle | Marvelous Entertainment | 2010 | EU/ NA ver. | by Yusuke Kozaki | Nintendo Wii.

No More Heroes 2: Desparate Struggle | Marvelous Entertainment | 2010 | JPN ver. | by Yusuke Kozaki | Nintendo Wii.

No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise | Marvelous Entertainment | 2010 | by Yusuke Kozaki | PS3, Xbox 360.

No More Heroes: Red Zone | Marvelous Entertainment | 2011 | by Yusuke Kozaki | PS3.

No Second Prize | Thalion Software GmbH | 1992 | by Celal Kandemiroglu | Amiga, Atari ST.

Nobunaga’s Ambition II | KOEI | 1988 | by Noriyoshi Ohrai | Famicom, FM-7, FM Towns, MS-DOS, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, PS1, Sharp X-1, Saturn, X68000.

Nobunaga’s Ambition: Lord of Darkness | KOEI | 1990 | by Noriyoshi Ohrai | Famciom, FM Towns, Genesis, MSX, PC-88, PC-98, PC Engine, PlayStation, Sharp X68000, SNES, Super Famicom.

Nobunaga no Yabō: Haōden | KOEI | 1992 | by Noriyoshi Ohrai | 3DO, FM Towns, Mega Drive, PC-98, PS1, SegaCD, SNES, X68000.

Nobunaga no Yabō: Tenshōki | KOEI | 1994 | by Noriyoshi Ohrai | PC-98, Saturn, Sony PSP, Super Famicom.

North Atlantic Convoy Raider | The Avalon Hill Game Company | 1980 | by Bob Haynes | Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, Commodore PET, FM-7, TRS-80.

Norway 1985 | SSI | 1985 | by Louis Hsu Saekow | Apple II, Commodore 64.

Nosteratu | Seta | 1994 | by Jun Suemi | Super Famicom.

Not Treasure Hunter | Acti-Art | 1996 | by Jun Suemi | PS1.

Next Tetris, The | Bullet-proof Software | 1999 | by Roger Dean | PS1, Windows.

Nexzr | Naxat Soft | 1992 | by Yuji Kaida | PC Engine.

NFL Football | Mattel Electronics | 1979 | by Jerrol Richardson | Intellivision.  

NieR: Automata | Square Enix | 2017 | EU/ NA ver. | by Akihiko Yoshida | PS4, Windows, Xbox ONE.

NieR: Automata | Square Enix | 2017 | JPN ver. | by Akihiko Yoshida | PS4.

Nigel Mansell’s Grand Prix |  | 1987 | by Steinar Lund | Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum.

Night Driver | Atari | 1980 | by Steve Hendricks | Atari 2600/ VCS, Atari 2800.

Night Shade | Ultimate - Play the Game | 1985 | by Tim Stamper | Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX Spectrum.

Night Stalker | Mattel Electronics | 1982 | by Jerrol Richardson | Intellivision.

Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge | Capcom | 1996 | JPN ver. | by Bengus | Saturn.

Nightshade | Ultra Software | 1992 | by Tom Dubois | NES.

Ninja Gaiden | Sega | 1991 | EU/ NA ver. | by Dave McMacken | Game Gear, Master System.

Ninja Gaiden | Sega | 1991 | JPN ver. | by Jun Satoh | Game Gear.

Ninja Gaiden | Tecmo | 1988 | JPN ver. | by Runmaru | Famicom.

Ninja Gaiden/ Ninja Gaiden Shadow | Tecmo | 1989 | NA ver. | by Runmaru | Game Boy, Lynx, MS-DOS, NES.

Ninja Gaiden | Tecmo | 2004 | by  Tomonobu Itagaki & Hiroaki Matsui | Xbox.

Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos | Tecmo | 1990 | by Runmaru | Amiga, Famicom, MS-DOS, NES.

Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom | Tecmo | 1991 | NA ver. | by Runmaru | Lynx, NES.

Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword | Tecmo | 2008 | by Mariko Hirokane | Nintendo DS.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma II | Tecmo | 2013 | by Mariko Hirokane | PS3, PS Vita.

Ninja Gaiden Trilogy | Tecmo | 1995 | NA ver. | by Runmaru | SNES.

Ninja Taro | American Sammy | 1992 | NA ver. | by Michael J. Winterbauer | Game Boy.