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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 from a variety of angles 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.
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
>First Queen (JP) PC-98, X68000.
>Final Fantasy III (JP) Famicom.
If you like Final Fantasy you’ll love…
>Barbarian (EU/ NA) Amiga, Atari ST.
>Blue Almanac (JP) Mega Drive.
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>Castlevania: The Symphony of the Night (JP) Saturn.
Updated - 8/12/14, by Adam Gidney