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 >Final Fantasy


Box art by Yoshitaka Amano

Japanese artwork, first published by Square in 1987.

Designed for the Japanese market. Nintendo Famicom version pictured.  

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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.




Other notable Yoshitaka Amano box arts

1988

>First Queen (JP) PC-98, X68000.

1990

>Final Fantasy III (JP) Famicom.







1994

>Final Fantasy VI (JP) Super Famicom.

1996

>Front Mission: Gun Hazard (JP) Super Famicom.






If you like Final Fantasy you’ll love…

1987

>Barbarian (EU/ NA) Amiga, Atari ST.

1991

>Blue Almanac (JP) Mega Drive.


Sources and further reading:

>http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Yoshitaka_Amano

>http://www.1up.com/features/day-amano?pager.offset=0








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1998

>Castlevania: The Symphony of the Night (JP) Saturn.


Updated - 8/12/14, by Adam Gidney

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