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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.
Artist index: Wi
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Video game series index: Wi - Wo
Dig, The | 1995 | LucasArts Entertainment | Linux, Macintosh, MS-DOS, Windows.
Instruments of Chaos Staring Young Indiana Jones | Sega | 1994 | Genesis. (2)
Star Trek The Next Generation: A Final Unity | 1995 | Spectrum Holobyte | Macintosh, MS-DOS.
Star Wars: Rebel Assault 2 – The Hidden Empire | 1995 | LucasArts Entertainment | Macintosh, MS-DOS, Windows.
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Beyond Castle Wolfenstein | Muse Software | 1984 | by John D. Benson | Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, PC Booter.
Castle Wolfenstein | Muse Software | 1981 | by John D. Benson | Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, MS-DOS. (1)
Return to Castle Wolfenstein | Activision | 2001 | Linux, Macintosh, Windows. (2)
Return to Castle Wolfenstein | Activision | 2002 | PS2, Windows, Xbox. (3)
Wolfenstein | Activision | 2009 | PS3, Windows, Xbox 360.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus | Bethesda | 2017 | by Mathieu Morasse | PS4, Windows, Xbox One. (5)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus | Bethesda | 2018 | by Mathieu Morasse | Nintendo Switch.
Wolfenstein 3D | Apogee | 1994 | EU ver. | MS-DOS.
Wolfenstein 3D | Apogee | 1992 | NA ver. | by Ken Rieger | 3DO, Macintosh, MS-DOS.
Wolfenstein 3D | Imagineer | 1994 | by Yoshiaki Kashiwazaki | PC-98, SNES, Super Famcom. (7)
Wolfenstein: The New Order | Bethesda | 2014 | by Axel Torvenius | PS3, PS4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One. (8)
Wolfenstein: The New Order (Occupied Edition) | by Axel Torvenius | ZeniMax Europe | 2014 | PS3, PS4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One.
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood | Bethesda | 2014 | by Axel Torvenius | PS4, Windows, Xbox One.
Wolfenstein VCS/ Wolfenstein VCS: The Next Mission | Atari Age | 2005/ 2006 | by Dave Dries | Atari 2600/ VCS.
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Wip3out | Sony | 1999 | EU/ NA ver. | by The Designers Republic | PS1. (1)
Wip3out | Sony | 2000 | JPN ver. | by The Designers Republic | PS1. (2)
Wip3out: Special Edition | Sony | 2000 | JPN ver. | by The Designers Republic | PS1.
WipEout | Psygnosis | 1995 | NA ver. | MS-DOS, PS1, Saturn.
WipEout 64 | Midway | 1998 | Nintendo 64. (4)
WipEout 2048 | Sony | 2012 | EU ver. | Sony VITA.
WipEout 2048 | Sony | 2012 | JPN/ NA ver. | Sony VITA.
WipEout 2097 | Psygnosis | 1996 | EU ver. | by The Designers Republic | Amiga, PS1, Saturn.
WipEout HD: Fury | Sony | 2009 | EU ver. | PS3.
WipEout Fusion | Sony | 2002 | PS2.
WipEout: Omega Collection | Sony | 2017 | PS4. (5)
WipEout Pulse | Sony | 2007 | PS2, Sony PSP. (7)
WipEout Pure | Sony | 2005 | EU ver. | Sony PSP. (8)
WipEout Pure | Sony | 2005 | JPN ver. | Sony PSP.
WipEout Pure | Sony | 2005 | NA ver. | Sony PSP.
WipEout XL | Psygnosis | 1996 | JPN ver. | PS1, Saturn.
WipEout XL | Psygnosis | 1996 | NA ver. | PS1, Windows.
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Horace and the Spiders | Sinclair Research Ltd | 1983 | Timex, ZX Spectrum.
Horace Goes Skiing | Sinclair Research Ltd | 1982 | Commodore 64, Dragon 32, Timex, ZX Spectrum. (1)
Hungry Horace | Sinclair Research Ltd | 1982 | Commodore 64, Dragon 32, Timex, ZX Spectrum.
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Another Code: R - A Journey into Lost Memories | Nintendo | 2009 | by Taisuke Kanasaki.
Captain Rainbow | Nintendo | 2008 | by Hikari Kurashima.
Castlevania: Judgement | Konami | 2008 | by Takeshi Obata. (1)
Madworld | Capcom | 2009 | by Masaki Yamanaka. (3)
Pandora’s Tower | Nintendo | 2011 | by Gou Takeuchi. (4)
Sin & Punishment: Star Successors | Nintendo | 2009 | JPN ver. | by Yasushi Suzuki. (5)
Super Mario Galaxy | Nintendo | 2007. (6)
Wii Sports | Nintendo | 2006. (8)
Nintendo’s striving for the family-friendly image was arguably achieved in its fullest through the wildly popular Wii console. Along with the Wii’s little brother, the Nintendo DS, video games were bought to the masses, incorporating not only the usual gaming markets - male and adolescents through to 30 - something’s - but also the very young, girls & women and more mature persons.
The console’s clean looking OS design and white casing would scream neutrality and starve any inoffensive possibilities, whilst the Wii’s TV advertising saw families and friends of all race and creeds in unnaturally white environments. Box art casings too were white, and so linking the above, but also gave them a bright, standout visual-edge over the Wii’s main competitors (Xbox 360 and PS3). Nintendo’s first-party cover arts would exploit the whiteness, with many of them looking somewhat spare and clinical but ultimately clearly understandable and globally non-offensive (see, Mario Kart Wii, Wii Sports and Wii Music).
The overwhelming volume of what many then and still today class as shovelware games led to an equally overwhelming amount of cheap looking, poorly designed child (and so mum, dad, grand parent etc..) friendly covers arts. Games that were designed with the more traditional market in mind would still be well aware of the Wii’s family focus and quite often lost the realism that was popular on PS3 and Xbox 360 box arts, replacing this with a more stylised approach (see, No More Heroes, Madworld, Red Steal 2, Castlevania: Judgement and House of the Dead: Overkill).
Wii box arts for cross-platform games such as, Call of Duty 3, Manhunt 2 and the Need for Speed: Undercover generally used the same cover arts as PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, whilst regional variations to globally released covers can be found on box arts such as Zelda: Twilight Princess and Sin and Punishment: Star Successor, but on the whole most were identical or very similar regardless of country published.
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