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>History - 2000

Few could argue that gamers in 2000 weren’t spoilt when it came to their hardware choices. Little remembered offerings such as Bandai’s Wonderswan and VM Lab’s Nuon wrestled with big hitters, the Nintendo 64 and the newly released PlayStation 2, whilst evergreen stewards the Neo Geo and PlayStation still attracted their respective fans.  It meant a dizzying amount of cover art all vying for attention.


Thankfully amidst all this quantity box art quality was generally high.  After the artistically poor season that was the PlayStation 1 era where crude polygon art had many times been used to generate box art (see Tomb Raider), the PlayStation 2’s extra power would instead be harnessed to produce detailed character art not seen on consoles before, with Takuji Kawano’s Tekken Tag Tornament leading the way. 


Sony’s main rival Nintendo would be wrapping up its Nintendo 64 console in preparation for the following years Gamecube. Arguably the console’s 2000 box art highlight was Yasushi Suzuki’s Japanese only Sin and Punishment. It was at that point a rare(ish) example of a Nintendo published game that shipped with art that wasn’t the company’s usual jostling, kiddy safe mash-up. 

 


 

 





                                                                                                                                          

 


BOX=ART reviews the cover art history from the turn of millennium, the year 2000.


Notable and influential year 2000 box arts from around the world.

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Posted - 19/03/2017 by Adam Gidney

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For the box art connoisseur 2000 would prove another vintage year on the Dreamcast, with Capcom’s in house art team doing no wrong with their various fighting games covers, whilst famed illustrator Yoshitaka Amano and mangaka Ryuta Ueda both putting in fine efforts.


But where Japanese illustrators were riding high the same could not said for the European artistic talents who’d dominated the 1980’s and early 1990’s. Come 2000 they’d all but disappeared from the scene (see Roger Dean, Peter Andrew Jones and Bob Wakelin) leaving much of the western box art output to the Americans.  


The lack of any dedicated European-made hardware didn’t help their fates, but neither did the growing use of Japanese box arts for overseas markets - where once a western friendly version was instead prefered.


The PC market was also on fine form and proving quite resilient to the computer art craze that had swept the console market in the late 90’s.  Fine art fantasy painters such as Larry Elmore, Simon Bisley and Brom put paintbrush to canvas with aplomb, proving that the traditional art methods could still look great.


The year’s PC standout though was surly Sasha Shor’s Daikatana (also the art designer of the original Quake cover art), its bold statement perfectly matching designer John Romero’s inflated ego to a tee.








A number of firsts and lasts…

>First batch of PlayStation 2 box arts.

>Last solo effort from Boris Vallejo (Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future).

>First box art by famed illustrator Yasushi Suzuki (Sin and Punishment)

>Last box art by European design studio The Designers Republic (Wip3out).




Jet Set Radio by Ryuta Ueda| 2000| Sega| A great example of the daring artistry Sega’s in-house art team deployed in the late 90’s - early 00’s that has arguably been lost on Sega post-Dreamcast.  


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Wip3out

2000

By The Designers Republic

2000

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Marvel vs Capcom 2

2000

By Bengus


Strider 2

2000

By HaruMaru


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Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future

2000

By Boris Vallejo


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El Dorado Gate vol. 1

2000

By Yoshitaka Amano


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Super Street Fighter II X: For Matching Service

2000

By Kinu Nishimura


Metal Gear Solid

2000

By Yoji Shinkawa


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Daikatana

2000

By Sasha Shor


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Deus Ex

2000

By -


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Diablo II

2000

By Brom


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Tekken Tag Tournament

2000

By Takuji Kawano


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Tony Hawk’s 2

2000

By -


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The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

2000

By -


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Kirby 64

2000

By -


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Vagrant Story

2000

By Akihiko Yoshida

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Theif II: The Metal Age

2000

By David Stoupakis


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The Sims

2000

By -


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Tempest 3000

2000

By -


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Metal Slug: 2nd Mission

2000

By -


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Gradius III and IV

2000

By -


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Romance of the Three Kingdoms VII

2000

By Tsuyoshi Kawano


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Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine

2000

By Drew Struzan


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Heavy Metal F.A.K.K 2

2000

By Simon Bisley


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Might and Magic VIII

2000

By Larry Elmore


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Metal Slug 3

2000

By Shinkiro


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Pokemon: Crystal ver.

2000

By Ken Sugimori


Hataraku Cocobo

2000

By -


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Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike

2000

By Diago Ikeno


Phatasy Star Online

2000

By Akikazu Mizuno


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2000

By Yasushi Suzuki


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