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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.

Box art directory: Ya - Ys

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Yes, Prime Minister | Mastertronic plus | 1990 | by David John Rowe | ZX Spectrum.

Yo! Noid | Capcom | 1990 | NA ver. | by Greg Winters | NES.

Yogi Bear’s Gold Rush | GameTec | 1994 | by Greg Martin | Game Boy.

Yuke Yuke!! Troublemakers | Enix Corporation | 1997 | JPN ver. | by HAN | Nintendo 64.

Ys | Nihon Falcom | 1991 | JPN ver. | by Yoshitaka Amano | X68000.

Ys III: Wansers of Ys | Renovation Products | 1991 | NA ver. | by Greg Winters | Genesis.  


Yar’s Revenge | Atari | 1981 | by Hiro Kimura | Atari 2600/ VCS, Atari 2800.

Yar’s Revenge turned out to be my first package art assignment after having done a couple of manual illustrations. I got the basic concept of the Yar, not as a gigantic fly, but a chrome-plated insect shooting spitballs. It was my first attempt of rendering chrome surface and I recall struggling mightily with it. Perhaps the biggest reason for it was that I used airbrush almost exclusively for the very first time, a tool I still wasn’t skilled in then.” Hiro Kimura via The Art of Atari.

Yar’s is likely the first time a Japanese artist designed a video game box art (Hiro worked in the States at the time and Japan’s video game industry in 1981 was very much in its pre-history phase) and certainly the first time a Japanese designed cover art was released in the West.  

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