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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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Overview

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

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Super Mario Bros.

1985

By NOA


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Horace Goes Skiing

1982

By William Tang


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Duck Hunt

1985

By NOA


Bit Trip Complete

2011

By -


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Split Personalities

1986

By -


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Super Fire Pro Wrestling

1996

By -


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Space Invaders

1990

By -


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Ultimate NES Remix

2014

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Blind Panic

1988

By Jim Gardner


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Escape

1978

By Silas Warner


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Bomb Alley

1982

By -


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Genpei Touma Den

1988

By -


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Uchusen Cosmo Carrier

1987

By -


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Spac3 Invaders Extr3me

2008

By -


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Metroid

1987

By -


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Slalom

1987

By Tim Stamper


After Burner

1989

By -


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Wallaby!! Usagi Kuni no Kangaroo Race

1990

By Hideaki Ishii


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Super Mario Maker

2015

By -


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Cladun

2010

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Contact

2006

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Bride of the Robot

1989

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The Chaos Engine

1993

By Daniel Malone


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Half Minute Hero

2009

By -


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Journey to Silius

1990

By -



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Blaster Master

1988

By Yoshiaki Iwata