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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.

Box art index: 3 - 1830

Artist index: 326

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3 Count Bout | SNK | 1993 | by Shinkiro | Neo Geo AES, Neo Geo CD.

3D-Pinball | Mastertronic plus | 1989 | by David John Rowe |  Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.

3D Pool  | Firebird Software | 1989 | EU ver. | by Steinar Lund | Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Electron, MSX, ZX Spectrum.   

3-D Tic-Tac-Toe | Atari | 1980 | by Susan Jaekel | Atari 2600/ VCS.

3-D Ultra lionel Train Town Deluxe | Sierra On-Line | 2000 | by Mick McGinty | Windows.

3-D Ultra Pinball: Thrillride | Sierra On-Line | 2000 | by Mick McGinty | Windows.

5th Fleet | The Avalon Hill Game Company | 1994 | by Kurt Miller | MS-DOS.

8 Eyes | Taxan USA Corp. | 1990 | NA ver. | by Frank Cirocco | NES.

999: Nine Hours • Nine Persons • Nine Doors | Spike Co | 2009 | JPN ver. | by Kinu Nishimura | Nintendo DS.

999: Nine Hours • Nine Persons • Nine Doors | Aksys Games | 2010 | NA ver. | by Kinu Nishimura | Nintendo DS.

1942 | Capcom | 1986 | by Akiman | MSX, NES.

1503 A.D.: The New World | EA | 2003 | by Marc William Ericksen | Windows.

1830: Railroads and Robber Barons | The Avalon Hill Game Company | 1995 | by Kurt Miller | MS-DOS.



















326 (Mitsuhiro Matsuno).  Japanese box artist from 2001-2006.

Gitaroo Man | Koei | 2001 | JPN ver. | PS2.

Gitaroo Man | Koei | 2001 | EU/ NA ver. | PS2.

Gitaroo Man Lives! | Koei | 2006. | Sony PSP.



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Gitaroo Man (ギタルマン, Gitaru Man)

Published by Koei in 2002 for the European and North American PS2 markets.  




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Gitaroo Man follows what is seemingly a consistent trend within the rhythm game genre of employing impossibly wacky and exaggeratedly freaky looking individuals (see, PaRappa the Rapper, Elite Beat Agents and Space Channel 5).

The series artist, 326, known for his ‘super kawaii’ or ‘cute’ characters would be drafted in on design duties for both promotional and in-game art. He’d come up with a cover brimming with childish innocence but devilishly laced with nightmarish robotic and patch worked details.

The artist’s self-taught style has always been shocking in its subtleties. The odd exposed brain here or randomly drawn genitalia there are mischievously woven amidst soft toy characters, and can be somewhat difficult to absorb.  In comparison, Gitaroo Man’s cover was a more toned down affair, but at some level still maintains these difficult and unsettling juxtapositions.