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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.

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Naoyuki Katoh.  Japanese box artist.

Guardian Legend, The | IREM | 1988.

Super Aleste | Toho Co. | 1992.

Natsuki Sumeragi.  Japanese box artist in 1998.

Sokaigi | Squaresoft | 1998.

N-Sub (N-サブ).

Published by Sega in 1983 for the global SG-1000/ SG-3000 markets.

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>N-Sub would be a launch title for Sega’s first console the SG-1000. The style of box art looks like it was influenced by early Atari VCS covers, with a design that is painterly, cluttered and action packed. This style would interestingly be at odds with the newly released Famicom’s box art which were bold, bright and arguably more fun.

The box design shown is the Australian version, distinctive due to it’s red lettering and smallish artwork.  The same artwork was used globally with no alterations made and is one of the earliest Japanese cover arts in the West.


NewZealand Story, The by Bob Wakelin.

English artwork. Published by Ocean Software in 1989 for European market.  

NES ver. pictured.  Also availble on: Amiga, Atari ST, C64, ZX Spectrum.

>Bob Wakelin’s The NewZealand Story would take the colour and chaos of Japanese box art and place it firmly in European hands. Taking inspiration from the original arcade flyer by developer Taito, Bob would make it his own capturing the game’s bedlam and rich characterisation perfectly.

The cover art was created using airbrush and India ink and has Bob’s trademark defined outlines and movie poster finish.  He has gone on record to say that these character-heavy box arts (along with titles such as Rainbow Islands and Parasol Stars) were rather boring to do due to the length of time it took to plan and create them.  With this in mind it is all the more impressive that he created such a fine box art capturing the game’s essence with a rare sensitivity to Japanese artwork.    

Bob’s version ended up bettering all other cover art depictions (and there are many), and is one of the most recognisable and memorable of it’s era.

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No Man’s Sky by Simon Stålenhag.

Swedish artwork. Published by Hello Games globally in 2016.  

PS4 ver. pictured.  Also availble on: Windows.

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>In a box art age where gloomy and tepid tones are awash, No Man’s Sky’s palette, pleasingly, bucks the trend and proves that a little colour can go a long way.

Designed by Swedish born Simon Stålenhag, in what appears to be his debut box art, No Man’s Sky’s epic scale, otherworldliness and blending of technology and life enacts a sci-fi scene that encourages exploration and the arousal of curiosity.

The colours vibrantly lift the landscape daring to push us further into the alien world, but manage to be tasteful and complimentary to each other.

Simon’s gifting for landscape art would make him a great choice; the artist also responsible for in-game concept art .

>Pictured from top - Original box art and wallpaper version.


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No More Heroes (ノーモア★ヒーローズ Nō Moa Hīrōzu) by Yusuke Kozaki.

Japanese artwork. Published by Marvelous Entertainment in 2007 for the European and Japanese Wii markets.  


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Night Driver by Steve Hendricks.

North American artwork. Published by Atari in 1980 for the European and North American Atari VCS markets.   

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No More Heroes 2: Desparate Struggle (ノーモア★ヒーローズ 2: デスパレート・ストラグル) by Yusuke Kozaki.

Japanese artwork. Published by Marvelous Entertainment in 2010 for the Japanese Wii market.  

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