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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.

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Kimihiko Fujisaka.  Japanese box artist from 2006-2013.

Drakengard | Square Enix | 2003 | PS2.

Drakengard 2 | Square Enix | 2005 | PS2.

Drakengard 3 | Square Enix | 2013 | PS3.

Drakengard 10th Anniversary | Square Enix | 2013 | PS3.

Last Story, The | Nintendo | 2011 | JPN ver. | Nintendo WII. (1)

Last Story, The | Nintendo | 2012 | EU/ NA ver. | Nintendo WII.

Sands of Destruction | Sega | 2008 | Nintendo DS.



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King of Fighters. SNK video game series years 1994-1999.





King of Fighters ‘94, The | SNK | 1994 | by Shinkiro | Neo Geo AES, Neo Geo CD. (1)

King of Fighters ‘95, The | SNK | 1995 | by Shinkiro | Neo Geo AES, PS1 (NA ver.).

King of Fighters ‘95, The | SNK | 1996 | JPN ver. | by Shinkiro | PS1.

King of Fighters ‘95, The | SNK | 1995 | by Shinkiro | Neo Geo CD, Saturn. (2)

King of Fighters ‘95, The | TAKARA | 1996 | Game Boy.

King of Fighters ‘96, The | SNK | 1996 | by Shinkiro | Neo Geo AES, Neo Geo CD, Saturn.

King of Fighters ‘96, The | SNK | 1997 | by Shinkiro | PS1.

King of Fighters ‘96, The | TAKARA | 1997 | Game Boy. (3)

King of Fighters ‘96: Neo Geo Collection, The | SNK | 1997 | by Shinkiro | Neo Geo CD.

King of Fighters ‘97, The | SNK | 1997 | by Shinkiro | Neo Geo AES.

King of Fighters ‘97, The | SNK | 1997 | by Shinkiro | Neo Geo CD.

King of Fighters ‘97, The | SNK | 1998 | by Shinkiro | PS1. (4)

King of Fighters ‘97, The | SNK | 1998 | by Shinkiro | Saturn.

King of Fighters ‘98: The Slugfest, The | SNK | 1998 | by Shinkiro | Neo Geo AES.

King of Fighters ‘98: The Slugfest, The | SNK | 1998 | by Shinkiro | Neo Geo CD.

King of Fighters ‘98: The Slugfest, The | SNK | 1999 | by Shinkiro | PS1. (5)

King of Fighters ‘99: Millennium Battle, The | SNK | 1999 | by Shinkiro | Neo Geo AES. (6)

King of Fighters ‘99: Millennium Battle, The | SNK | 1999 | by Shinkiro | Neo Geo CD.

King of Fighters Best Collection, The | SNK | 1998 | by Shinkiro | Saturn.

King of Fighters:  Dream Match 1999, The | SNK | 1999 | by Shinkiro | Dreamcast.

King of Fighters Kyo, The | SNK | 1998 | by Masato Natsumoto | PS1. (7)

King of Fighters R-1 | SNK | 1998 | Neo Geo Pocket. (8)

King of Fighters R-2 | SNK | 1999 | Neo Geo Pocket.


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

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

Blade Strangers | Nicalis | 2018 | Nintendo Switch.

Cannon Spike | Capcom | 2000 | EU/ NA ver. | Dreamcast.

Code of Princess | Agatsuma Enertainment | 2012 | JPN ver. | 3DS.

Code of Princess | Index Digital Media | 2012 | NA ver. | 3DS.

Code of Princess EX | Nicalis | 2018 | Nintendo Switch.

Culdcept Revolt | NIS America | 2016 | 3DS.

Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower | Capcom | 2004 | Sony PSP.

Dungeons & Dragons: Collection | Capcom | 1999 | Saturn.

Gaia Master | Capcom | 2000 | Game Boy Color, PS1.

Street Fighter Collection | Capcom | 1997 | JPN ver. | PS1, Saturn.

Street Fighter III: Double Impact | Capcom | 2000 | EU/ NA ver. | Dreamcast.

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Kinu Nishimura.  Japanese box artist from 1993-2018.

Super Street Fighter II X: For Matching Service (スーパーストリートファイターIIX) | Capcom | 2000 | Dreamcast. (2)

Eschewing Street Fighters usual montage led box arts, Super Street Fighter II X: Grand Master Challenge, for Matching Service would instead depict the ever present Ryu shadowed by the mysterious – although maybe not so by 2000 – Akuma.  

Meaning devil in Japanese, Akuma would poignantly be upturned alluding the demonic connection both characters are consumed by. The two hand drawn black and white sketches were originally used in 1994 as promotional material for the release of Super Street Fighter II X, and were composed by Capcom steward Kinu as part of a collection of sixteen character artworks.

Along with artist Bengus, who provided the box arts for the worldwide 3DO versions, Kinu’s sketches would portray a grittier take on Ryu and company. It ended up being an abstract, and unique, styalistic blip in an otherwise usually formulaic sea of bold and colourful Street Fighter cover arts.

Super Street Fighter II X: Grand Master Challenge (スーパーストリートファイターIIX) | Capcom | 1994 | JPN ver. | 3DO. (3)

Exclusively used for the Japanese 3DO market, the box arts montage style would would be at odds with usual Street Fighter cover arts, but all the stronger for it. Drawn in pen and made up of a individual character artworks, the box art’s X would also add a styalised approch.

Kinu would get to reuse an artwork from the same session six years later with the limited release, Super Street Fighter II X: For Matching Service. The North American release would use an artwork by Bengus and marks the only time a Japanese artwork adorned an American Street Fighter II game.

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Barunba | Namco | 1990 | PC Engine, MSX. 

Battle City | Nova | 1991 | Game Boy.

Bravoman | Namco | 1990 | JPN ver. | PC Engine. 

Cosmo Gang: The Video | Namco | 1992 | Super Famicom.

Dragon Saber: After Story of Dragon Spirit | Namco | 1990 | PC Engine.

Dragon Spirit | Namco | 1989 | JPN ver. | Famicom.

Dragon Spirit | Namco | 1988 | JPN ver. | PC Engine.

Erika to Satoru no Yume Bōken | Namco | 1988 | Famicom.

Libble Rabble | Dempa Shinbunsha | 1993 | FM Towns, X68000.

Libble Rabble | Namco | 1994 | Super Famicom.

Mappy | Namco | 1991 | Game Gear. 

Mappy Kids | Namco | 1989 | Famicom.

Märchen Maze | Namco | 1990 | PC Engine.

Marvel Land | Namco | 1991 | JPN ver. | Mega Drive.

Ordyne | Namco | 1989 | PC engine, TurboGrafx.

Pocket Jansō | Namco | 1992 | Game Gear.

Powerball | Namco | 1991 | JPN ver. | Mega Drive.

Quad Challenge | Namco | 1991 | JPN ver. | Mega Drive.

Quest of Ki, The | Namco | 1988 | Famicom.

Rolling Thunder | Namco | 1988 | JPN ver. | Famicom.

Super Wagan Land | Namco | 1991 | Super Famicom.

Super Wagan Land 2 | Namco | 1992 | Super Famicom.

Tenkaichi Bushi Keru Nagūru | Namco | 1989 | Famicom.

Wonder Momo | Namco | 1989 | PC Engine.

Wagan Land | Namco | 1989 | Famicom, Game Gear.

Wagan Land 2 | Namco | 1990 | Famicom.

Wagan Land 3 | Namco | 1992 | Famicom.









Kōichi Tokita.  Japanese box artist from 1988-1994.

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Kumiko Suekane. Japanese box artist from 2003-2005.





Best known for her involvement with Capcom’s Ace Attorney series - she was the debut game’s character designer and also responsible for it’s anime, cel-shaded look - Kumiko’s box art portfolio appears to be centred around Capcom’s B-list superhero series Viewtiful Joe.  She designed every box art for the series along with other linked promotional artworks.

Outside of the Ace and Joe, Kumiko worked on Capcom’s Resident Evil series, Arc System’s Guilty Gear series and recently Nintendo’s Fire Emblem: Heroes (2017). She is also an establised Mangaka.

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Viewtiful Joe (ビューティフル ジョー Byūtifuru Jō) | Capcom | 2003 | EU ver. | pink and yellow covers | GameCube. (1)

Character designer Kumiko would be inspired specifically by 1960s and 1970s Japanese-costumed tokusatsu television shows such as Kamen Rider and Ultraman, when briefed with Joe. Her art has been the basis for the entire series.

Capcom of Europe would take the unusual step of releasing Viewtiful Joe on the GameCube with a pink background box art (shown) and also a yellow background box art. The same character art can be found on the US releases and the European PS2 version.

Viewtiful Joe | Capcom | 2003 | JPN ver. | GameCube.

Viewtiful Joe | Capcom | 2003 | NA ver. | GameCube, PS2.

Viewtiful Joe | Capcom | 2004 | EU ver. | PS2.

Viewtiful Joe 2 | Capcom | 2004 | JPN ver. | GameCube, PS2.

Viewtiful Joe 2 | Capcom | 2004 | NA ver. | GameCube, PS2. (2)

Viewtiful Joe 2 | Capcom | 2005 | EU ver. | GameCube, PS2.

Viewtiful Joe: A New Hope | Capcom | 2004 | PS2. (3)

Viewtiful Joe: Double trouble! | Capcom | 2005 | Nintendo DS. (4)

Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble | Capcom | 2005 | JPN/ NA ver. | GameCube, Sony PSP. (5)

Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble | Capcom | 2005 | EU ver. | GameCube, Sony PSP.

Viewtiful Joe: Revival | Capcom | 2003 | GameCube.



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Kunihiko Tanaka.  Japanese box artist from 1998-2010.

Xenoblade Chronicles | Nintendo | 2010 | 3DS, Nintendo Wii. (1)

Xenogears | Square | 1998 | NA ver. | PS1.





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Kurt Miller.  North American box artist from 1994-2004.

5th Fleet | The Avalon Hill Game Company | 1994 | MS-DOS. (1)

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

Advanced Civilization | The Avalon Hill Game Company | 1995 | MS DOS.

Age of Sail II | Take-Two | 2001 | Windows.

Cavewars | The Avalon Hill Game Company | 1996 | MS-DOS.

D-Day America Invades | The Avalon Hill Game Company | 1995 | Macintosh, MS-DOS.

Devil Inside, The | Take-Two | 2000 | NA ver. | Windows.

Dogs of War | Take-Two | 2000 | Windows.

Flight Commander 2 | The Avalon Hill Game Company | 1994 | Macintosh, Windows 3.x.

Green Berets | Take-Two | 2001 | Macintosh, Windows.

Merchant Prince II | Talonsoft | 2001 | Windows.

Outlive | Take-Two | 2001 | Windows.

Ski Resort Extreme | Global Star Software | 2004 | Windows.

TalonSoft’s Divided Ground: Middle East Conflict 1948-1973 | Talonsoft | 2001 | Windows.

Wooden Ships and Iron Men | The Avalon Hill Game Company | 1996 | MS-DOS.




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