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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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Artist index: H - Hi



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Hagane: The Final Conflict (鋼 HAGANE) by Keita Amemiya.

Japanese artwork. Published by Hudson Soft in 1994 for the Japanese and North American markets.

Super Famicom ver. pictured. Also available on: SNES.  



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Hardball! by Julie Bell.

North American artwork. Published by Accolade in 1991 for the North American Genesis market.




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Heavy Metal F.A.K.K 2 by Simon Bisley.

English artwork. Published by Gathering of Developers in 2000 for the European and North American markets.

Windows ver. pictured. Also available on: Linux, Mac.  



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Hell: A Cyberpunk Thriller by Quinno Martin.

North American artwork. First published by GameTec in 1994 for the European and North American markets.

3DO ver. pictured. Also available on: DOS.  



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Heretic by Brom (Gerald Brom).

North American artwork. Published by GT Interactive in 1994 for the North American DOS market.




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Horace Goes Skiing by William Tang.

English artwork. Published by Sinclair Research Ltd in 1982 for the European ZX Spectrum market.




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High Noon by Bob Wakelin.

English artwork. Published by Ocean Software in 1984 for the European C64 market.



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Hybrid front, The (ハイブリッド・フロント) by Jun Suemi.

Japanese artwork. Published by Sega in 1994 for the Japanese Mega drive market.




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Han-Seimei Senki Andorogynus (反生命戦機アンドロギュヌス) by Yasushi Torisawa.

Japanese artwork. Published by Telenet Japan Co. in 1987 for the Japanese market.

MSX ver. pictured. Also available on: PC-88.  



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Hired Guns by Jamie Grant.

English artwork. Published by Psygnosis in 1993 for the European and North American markets.

Amiga ver. pictured. Also available on: DOS.  



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H. R. Giger.  Swiss box artist from 1988-1995.

Dark Seed | Cyberdreams | 1992.

Dark Seed II | Cyberdreams | 1995.

Jaseiken Necromancer | Hudson Soft | 1988.




HAN (Tetsuhiko Kikuchi).  Japanese box artist from 1993-2005.

Advanced Guardian Heroes | Ubisoft | 2004.

Advanced Guardian Heroes | Treasure | 2004.

Guardian Heroes | Sega | 1996 | EU/ JPN ver.

Gunstar Heroes | Sega | 1993 | JPN ver.

Gunstar Super Heroes | Sega | 2005.

Rakugaki Showdown | Enix Corporation | 1999.

Yuke Yuke!! Troublemakers | Enix Corporation | 1997.


Hajime Katoki.  Japanese box artist.

Virual On: Oratorio Tangram | Sega | 1999.

Xardion | Asmik | 1992.  



HaruMaru.  Japanese box artist from 1999-2000.

Street Fighter Zero 3 | Capcom | 1999 | Saturn ver.

Strider 2 | Capcom | 2000 | JPN ver.

Strider 2 | Capcom | 2000 | EU/ NA ver.





Hiroo Isono.  Japanese box artist from 1993-2006.

Dawn of Mana | Square Enix, Inc | 2006.

Secret of Mana | Squaresoft | 1993.  






Hideaki Ishii.  Japanese box artist in 1990.

Wallaby!! Usagi no Kuni no Kangaroo Race | Masaya | 1990.





Haruhiko Mikimoto.  Japanese box artist from 1990-2000.

Aisle Lord | Wolf Team | 1992.

Chō Jikū Yōsai Macross 2036 | Masaya | 1992.

Chō Jikū Yōsai Macross: Ai Oboete Imasu ka | Bandai | 1997.

Chō Jikū Yōsai Macross: Eien no Love Song | Masaya | 1992.

Cybernetic High-School Part 3: Gunbuster | Gainax Co. | 1990.

Dogu Senki | Victor Interactive | 1999.

Final Zone | Wolf Team | 1990.

Final Zone | Renovation Products | 1990.

Khamrai | Namco | 2000.

Record of Lodoss War: Advent of Kardis | Kadokawa Shoten | 2000.

Macross: Do You Remember Love? | Bandai | 1999.

Quo Vadis | Glams | 1995.

Quo Vadis: Iberukatsu Ikusa | Glams | 1997.

Quo Vadis 2: Wakusei Kyoushuu Orphan Rei | Glams | 1997.







Hidefumi Kimura.  Japanese box artist from 1990-2000.

Battle Skin Panic | Gainax | 1990.

Battle Skin Panic 9821 | Gainax | 1993.

Crack Down | Sega | 1990 | JPN Mega Drive ver.

Mercurius Pretty | AV | 1994.

Mighty Battle Skin Panic | Gainax | 1993.

Space Harrier | Sega | 1991 | JPN Game Gear ver.

Super Battle Skin Panic | Gainax | 1991.

Vanark | Jaleco | 2000.




Hiroaki Shioya.  Japanese box artist from 1989-1991.

Bahamut Senki | Sega | 1991.

Jewel Master | Sega | 1991 | JPN ver.

Sangokushi Retsuden: Ransei no Eiyutachi | Sega | 1991.

Super League |  Sega | 1989 | EU/ JPN ver.

Vermilion | Sega | 1989.

Hideaki Ebihara.  Japanese box artist from 1999-2004.

Advanced Daisenryaku IV | Sega | 2003.

Advanced Daisenryaku 98 II | Sega | 1999.

Advanced Daisenryaku 2001 | Sega | 2001.

Advanced Daisenryaku: Europe no Arashi | Sega | 2000.

Giant Gram: Zen Nihon Pro Wrestling 2 | Sega | 1999.

Gojira: Kaijū Dai Rantō - Chikyū Saishū Kessen | Atari | 2004.

Ultima Collection Nihon Ban | Locus | 2000.

Hitoshi Yoneda.  Japanese box artist from 1987-1998.

The artist would start his professional career in 1980 drawing for Japanese magazine Uchuusen, a position he would hold until 1990. Throughout this period he’d also freelance designing Japanese novel cover arts.

His break in the video game industry would come through an illustration he did for a mook (Japanese magazine/ book) on Nihon Falcom’s Xanadu.  Getting the attention of company founder Kato-san, Hitoshi would design the cover art for Sorcerian on the PC-98 (1987), followed by the MSX ver (1987).  Both would painted in water colour, the artist’s favoured art medium at the time.  His highest profile covers would be for Sega’s Phantasy Star series (1989-1993). For the rest of the 1990’s he would be involved in mainly obscure RPG and tactics game covers.

Hitoshi has also character designed for games (Silent Bomber, 1999. Mystic Ark, 1995. Silva Saga II, 1993), and post 2000 has done mainly guest illustration work for Windows and IOS titles.

Early inspiration came from the sci-fi art of Tetsuwan Atom (Atom Boy), whilst later on Hitoshi would prefer the fantasy art of Moebius and Frank Frazetta. He also sites Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac as important influences in composition and colour techniques.

Other than the US cover for penultimate box art Elemental Gearbolt (1998) no other cover art Hitoshi designed was ever published overseas, something the artist finds regrettable.  This would be mainly due to many of the games he worked on being rather niche and not getting an international release. It has meant that the artist although very popular in Japan does have the kind of following worldwide such as contemporaries Amano, Suemi and Kojima.

Ayakashi no shiro | SETA Corp. | 1990.

Dungeon RPG Tsukuru | ASCII | 1994.

Elemental Gearbolt | Sony | 1997 | JPN ver.

Elemental Gearbolt | Working Designs | 1998 | NA ver.

Eye of the Beholder III | Ving Co. | 1994 | JPN ver.

Falcata | Gust | 1995.

Lenam - Sword of Legend | Hertz | 1989.

Lunatic Dawn III | Artdink | 1998.

Meru Purana | Gust | 1996.

Minelvaton Saga: Ragon no Fukkatsu | Taito Corp. | 1987.

Phantasy Star II | Sega | 1989 | JPN ver.

Phantasy Star: The End of the Millenium | Sega | 1993 | JPN ver.

RPG Tsukuru Dante 98 II | ASCII | 1996.

Silva Saga | SETA | 1992.

Silva Saga II | SETA | 1993.

Sorcerian | Nihon Falcom Corp. | 1987 | PC-88 ver.

Sorcerian | Sega | 1990 | Mega Drive ver.

Sorcerian | Takeru | 1987 | MSX ver.

Vandal Hearts | Konami | 1996 | JPN ver.




Hiro Kimura.  Japanese box artist from 1981-1984.

Earliest known Japanese artist to design box art and the first to design covers for the western market.  Hiro would be employed by Atari in the States and design some of their most well known covers.

Centipede | Atari | 1982 | 5200 ver.

Crystal Castles | Atari | 1984.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial | Atari | 1982.

Joust | Atari | 1983.

Krull | Atari | 1983.

Mario Bros | Atari | 1983.

Yar’s Revenge | Atari | 1981.