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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 from a variety of angles 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.
As a stand alone style, pixel-art has from the industries earliest days been used on box arts in a variety of ways: from the lazy usage of the game’s title screen (Escape, Blind Panic), to an emphasis on the game’s character art (Horace series, NES black box series), through to a more stylised representation (Bomb Alley, Space Invaders Extreme).
Possibly the most recurring series to use pixel-art has been Taito’s Space Invaders. The Invader’s iconic design always lent itself to this style perfectly, with Japan’s Game Boy version being the first to take advantage of it. The recent Extreme series would meld 70’s retro-cool with modern graphic design with excellent results.
Nintendo much like Taito have never been shy to showcase their own iconic pixelated characters on box arts, with the recent Super Mario Maker and Remix covers exploding with NES era art. But it was Nintendo’s black box series of games (that debuted on the US NES in 1985) that would cement this style of art in video game history with Super Mario Bros. the most popular. For more on that history click HERE.
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Notable pixel-art box arts, 1978 - 2015.
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With the resurge in 8 and 16-bit style retro gaming, courtesy of today’s indie download scene, pixel-art has seen a uprise in popularity being extensively used in online promotional materials.
Posted - 19/03/16, by Adam Gidney
Super Mario Bros.
Horace Goes Skiing
By William Tang
Bit Trip Complete
Super Fire Pro Wrestling
Ultimate NES Remix
By Jim Gardner
By Silas Warner
Genpei Touma Den
Uchusen Cosmo Carrier
Spac3 Invaders Extr3me
By Tim Stamper
Wallaby!! Usagi Kuni no Kangaroo Race
By Hideaki Ishii
Super Mario Maker
Bride of the Robot
The Chaos Engine
By Daniel Malone
Half Minute Hero
Journey to Silius
By Yoshiaki Iwata