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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.


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>Star Wars (episode related)

BOX=ART takes a look at the original space opera’s eclectic cover art history from the early 1980’s until present day.  The article looks at episode related box arts over the extended Star Wars universe.

Notable Star Wars box arts 1982 - 2016.

North American artwork, first published by Parker Brothers in 1982.

Designed for the North American market.  Atari VCS version pictured.  

Also available on Intellivision.


The very first Star Wars game would pass over 1977’s A New Hope in favour of the more recent Emipre Strikes Back. Compared to later series box arts Empire is a rather artistically simple affair that focuses on the games main setting, the battle of Hoth.

The art direction is very much inline with other Parker Brother covers from the early 1980’s, as is the imposing silver border and bold type.  


Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars series box arts.

1982

>Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (NA) Atari 2600, Intellivision.

1983

>Star Wars Arcade (NA) Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Colcovision, Commodore 64.

>Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - Death Star Battle (NA) Atari 2600, Atari 8-bit,   Atari 5200, ZX Spectrum. (JB)

1987

>Star Wars (JP) Famicom.

>Star Wars (EU) Amstrad CPC, Amiga, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64,   DOS,Game Boy, Macintosh, ZX Spectrum. (SL)

1988

>Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (EU) Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST,   BBC Micro, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.

>Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (EU) Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, BBC Micro,   Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum. (SL)

1989

>Star Wars (EU/ NA) Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore   64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX Spectrum. (RM)

1991

>Star Wars (worldwide) Famicom, Game Gear, NES. (JB)

>Star Wars: Attack on the Death Star (JP) PC-98, X68000.

1992

>Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (worldwide) Famicom, NES.

>Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (EU/ NA) Game Boy.

>Super Star Wars (worldwide) Game Boy, SNES, Super Famicom. (TC)

1993

>Super the Empire Strikes Back (worldwide) SNES, Super Famicom. (GW)

>Star Wars (EU) Game Gear, Master System. (JB)


1994

>Star Wars Arcade (worldwide) Sega 32X.

>Super Return of the Jedi (worldwide) Game Boy, Game Gear, SNES, Super   Famicom. (KS)

1999

>Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (worldwide) PlayStation,   Windows. (DS)

2000

>Star Wars: Episode I - Battle for Naboo (EU/ NA) Nintendo 64, Windows. (CY)

>Star Wars: Episode I - Jedi Power Battles (EU/ NA) Dreamcast, PlayStation.

2001

>Star Wars: Episode I - Jedi Power Battles (EU/ NA) Game Boy Advance.

>Star Wars: Obi-Wan (EU/ NA) Xbox.

2002

>Star Wars: Clone Wars (worldwide) Gamecube, PlayStation 2, Xbox.

>Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (EU/ NA) Game Boy Advance.

2005

>Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (EU/ NA) Game Boy Advance,   Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, Xbox.

2016

>Lego Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (EU/ NA) Nintendo 3DS,   PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Vita, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One.


Series box artists.

>Clint Young (CY)

>Drew Struzan (DS)

>Greg Winters (GW)

>John Berkey (JB)





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Sources and further reading:

>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Star_Wars_video_games

>https://www.cinemasterpieces.com/cinestarwars.htm

>http://theswca.com/images-packa/revenge-video-games.html



>Kazuhiko Sano (KS)

>Ralph Mcquarrie (RM)

>Steinar Lund (SL)

>Tom Chantrell (TC)





North American artwork, first published by Parker Brothers in 1983.

Designed for theEU/ NA markets.  Atari 5200 version pictured.  

Also available on: Atari 2600, Atari 8-bit, ZX Spectrum.


The Parker Brothers follow up would be a far more painterly effort by renouned Star Wars illustrator John Berkey.  The artwork would also be used to promote the game in magazines across the US, the double page spread conveying a greater sence of the original paintings scale. It is also the first Star Wars box art used in Europe.

Parker Brothers followed up with two further games, Star Wars: The Arcade Game and Star Wars: Jedi Arena.  Both shipped with decidedly weak covers.  

In addition, there are two known box arts of Parker games that never made it past pre-preduction, Star Wars: Revenge of the Jedi Game I and Game II. Game I’s box art depicts the movies opening scene on Tatooine and Game II the movies final scene on Endor  Of interest is that both games use the movies original title, Revenge of the Jedi, and thus point to their early origins.    


Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - Death Star Battle, by John Berkey

English artwork, first published by Domark in 1988.

Designed for the European markets.  Atari ST version pictured.  

Also available on: Amiga, Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.


This would be artist Steinar Lunds second Star Wars box art having designed the previous years Star Wars also by Domark.  The original artwork extends greatly to the left and is one of the artist personal favorite pieces.

Original sketches can be found HERE.  

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, by Steinar Lund

North American artwork, first published by Victor Musical Industries Inc. in 1991.

Designed for the Japanese market.  Sharp X68000 version pictured.

Also available on: PC-98.


This imposing box art was in fact originally a promotional shot taken from the movie Return of the Jedi. It would be the first cover in the series to use this style of art.

Star Wars: Attack on the Death Star

North American artwork, published by JVC Musical Industries, Inc. in 1992 for the worldwide market.  

SNES version pictured.

Also available on: Game Boy, Super Famicom.


Chantrell’s famous “Style C” one sheet poster for the original movie release in 1977 would be used across the globe for not only the Super Star Wars release but also the Game Boy Star Wars game.

Super Star Wars, by Tom Chantrell

North American artwork, first published by Domark in 1987.

Designed for the EU/ NA markets.  Amiga version pictured.  

Also available on Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy Advance, SNES, ZX Spectrum.


One of only two known box arts by the influencial artist Ralph Mcquarrie (the other being the classic Atari 2600 game Vanguard).  It would not only be used be used for the US release of Star Wars (the EU equivelant illustrated by Steinar Lund) but also for the European exclusive Star Wars Trilogy pack.

Star Wars, Ralph Mcquarrie

North American artwork, first published by Ubi Soft Entertainment in 1992.

Published for the EU/ NA Game Boy markets.

Also available on na.


This artwork was originally used as the cover art for 1980 LP, The Story of the Empire Strikes Back, itself taken from a pool of conceptual art for the movie.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

North American artwork, first published by JVC Musical Industries, Inc. in 1993.

Designed for the worldwide markets.  SNES version pictured.  

Also available on: Super Famicom.


The only “Super” Star Wars game to recieve an original illustration over an established poster artwork.  The highly prolific artist Greg Winters would go on to produce box arts for further games in the series including a wonderful piece for the Nintendo 64 exclusive, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D (1998).

Super The Empire Strikes Back, by Greg Winters

Japanese artwork, published by JVC Musical Indstries, Inc. in 1994.

Designed for the worldwide market. Game Boy version pictured.

Also available on: Game Gear, SNES, Super Famicom.


The final “Super” game would use the official movie poster from 1983.  It ends up being only one of two box arts in the series to be designed by a Japanese. The other being the Famicom Star Wars cover published by Namcot (Namco, 1987) which pulls of a half decent attempt at the Hilderbrant brothers 1977 original movie poster.

Super Return of the Jedi, by Kazuhiko Sano

North American artwork, published by LucasArts in 1999.

Designed for the worldwide markets.  Windows version pictured.  

Also available on: PlayStation.


The artwork was the same used for the movie poster (1999) and the only Star Wars box art by famed painter Struzan - surely a missed opportunity?

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, by Drew Struzan


First published by LucasArts in 2005 for the worldwide market.

PlayStation 2 version pictured.  

Also available on Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Xbox.


Although looking rather like a Drew Struzan artwork - who would be responcible for the official movie poster art - it is in fact not of his hand.  

The artwork may well have been designed for the the game, but it was also used infrequently for the movies promotion so perhaps not.

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

North American artwork, published by U. S. Gold in 1993 for the European Master System market.

Also available on: Game Gear, NES.


The Master System’s box art for its version of Star Wars would be quite the feat using a cropped section of John’s subline 1976 “The Battle of Yavin” painting.

The NES version would again use the painting but from a different section of it.

Star Wars, by John Berkey

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Categories: Nintendo| Sci-fi

LEGO Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Published in 2016 by Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment.  This box art would be a based on Bryan Morton’s official movie poster.

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Posted - 01/01/16, by Adam Gidney

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