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It wasn’t easy being a Nintendo fan in the early 90s: the wonderful Super Famicom was released in Europe as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, but it was hobbled by a bordered, 50Hz image and delayed release schedule. True Nintendo fans got hold of a Japanese console and bought their games on the grey import market.

As well as the benefits of faster, smoother, full-screen gameplay, Japanese Super Famicom cartridges came in beautiful portrait-shaped boxes, rather than the landscape packaging sold in Europe and North America. The stylish, intricate Japanese designs were almost always superior to those afforded the Western releases.

As a celebration of this unique artwork, Bitmap Books is proud to present Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection – a compilation of Japanese game packaging images, professionally shot and presented as a glorious hardback edition. The book features around 250 titles, including many rare examples and some that have never before been documented in print. Sourced from the archives of renowned collector Stuart Brett (a.k.a. Super Famicom Guy), each box is beautifully presented, life-size, with a critique of the artwork, plus interviews with other collectors, talking about their love of the format.

Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection comes in a square format book, bound in charcoal grey with a gold foil block logo and lithographically printed to the highest standards. Long-time games journalist Steve Jarratt, launch editor of Edge and Nintendo magazine Total!, has overseen the text and also written the foreword.

Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection is an unmissable treat for anyone who had a passion for Nintendo’s 16-bit games console, and who came to embrace the distinctive Japanese artwork adorning these iconic games.

Book specifications
276 pages. 250mm × 250mm. Hardback. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Charcoal grey cover with gold foil blocked logo. Shrink-wrapped. Free PDF for viewing on the go.

Includes contributions from:
Stuart Brett, Masaaki Enami, Steve Jarratt, Damien McFerran, Van Orton Design and James Wragg.

Games featured include:
46 Okunen Monogatari: Harukanaru Eden He / ActRaiser / ActRaiser 2: Chinmoku He No Seisen / Akumajō Dracula / Akumajō Dracula XX / Alien3 / Alien vs. Predator / The Amazing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes / Appleseed: Prometheus No Shintaku / Araiguma Rascal: Raccoon Rascal / Area 88 / Ashita No Joe / Assault Suits Valken / Axelay / Bastard!! Ankoku No Hakaishin / Batman Returns / Battle Blaze / Battle Cross / Battle Dodgeball 2 / Battle Mobile / Battle Pinball / Battle Zeque Den / BioMetal / Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon / Blackthorne Fukushū No Kuroki Toge / Blazeon / Bomberman B-Daman / Bounty Sword / Brandish / Bushi Seiryūden: Futari No Yūsha / Captain Commando / Caravan Shooting Collection / Choplifter III / Chō Aniki: Bakuretsu Rantō Hen / Chohmakaimura / Chōjikū Yōsai Macross - Scrambled Valkyrie / Chrono Trigger / Clock Tower / The Combatribes / Contra Spirits / Cosmo Police Galivan II: Arrow of Justice / Crayon Shin-Chan: Arashi Wo Yobu Enji / Cyborg 009 / Darius Force / Darius Twin / Dark Half / Dead Dance / Demons Blazon: Makaimura Monshō Hen / Dezaemon / Disney’s Aladdin / Donald Duck No Mahō No Bōshi / Doom / Doremi Fantasy: Milon No Dokidoki Daibōken / Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden / Dragon Quest I.II / Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu He / Dragon Quest V: Tenkū No Hanayome / Dragon Quest VI: Maboroshi No Daichi / Edo No Kiba / Elfaria A Fantastic Theatre / F-Zero / Feda: The Emblem of Justice / Fighters History / Final Fantasy IV / Final Fantasy V / Final Fantasy VI / Final Fight / Final Fight 2 / Final Fight Guy / The Firemen / First Samurai / Flashback The Quest for Identity / Front Mission / Front Mission: Gun Hazard / Funaki Masakatsu Hybrid Wrestler: gi Denshō / Gamera Gyaosu Gekimetsu Sakusen / Ganbare Goemon Yukihime Kyūshutsu Emaki / Garō Densetsu Special / Gdleen / Gegege No Kitarō: Fukkatsu! Tenmadaiō / Genocide 2 (G2) / Ghost Chaser Densei / Ghost Sweeper Mikami Joreishi Wa Nice Body / Godzilla: Kaiju Daikessen / Gōketsuji Ichizoku / Gokujō Parodius Kako No Eikō Wo Motomete / Gōsō Jinrai Densetsu Musya / Gradius III: Densetsu Kara Shinwa He / Gunforce: Battle Fire Engulfed Island / Gurume Sentai Barayarō / Hagane / Hameln No Violin Hiki / Hashire Hebereke / Heisei Inu Monogatari Bow: Pop’n Smash!! / Hokuto No Ken 6: Gekitō Denshōken Haō He No Michi / Holystriker / Hoshi No Kirby 3 / Hoshi No Kirby Super Deluxe / Hyper Iria / Hyper Zone / Ihatovo Monogatari / Ikari No Yōsai / Indiana Jones’ Greatest Adventures / Iron Commando: Kōtetsu No Senshi / Jaki Crush / Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius / Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū 3 / Jikkyō World Soccer: Perfect Eleven / Jikkyō World Soccer 2: Fighting Eleven / Justice League Task Force / Kabuki Rocks / Kamen Rider / Kamen Rider SD Battle: Machine Riders / Kats Run: Zen Nihon K Car Senshuken / Kawa No Nushi Tsuri 2 / Keeper / Kidō Keisatsu Patlabor / Kidō Senshi V Gundam / Kidō Sokō Dion / Kikikaikai: Nazo No Kuro Manto / King of Dragons / King of the Monsters / King of the Monsters 2: The Next Thing / Kinnikuman: Dirty Challenger / Kirby Bowl / Kishin Dōji Zenki: Batoru Raiden / Kishin Kōrinden: Oni / Knights of The Round / Kōryū No Mimi / Lady Stalker: Challenge From the Past / The Legend Of Zelda: Triforce Of The Gods / Lennus: Kodai Kikai No Kioku / Lethal Enforcers / Lupin III: Densetsu No Hihō Wo Oe! / Magic Sword / Majyūō / Mario & Wario / Mario No Super Picross / Mario Paint / Marvel Superheroes: War Of The Gems / Mazinger Z / Mickey & Donald: Magical Adventure 3 / Mickey & Minnie Magical Adventure 2: The Great Circus Mystery / Mickey No Magical Adventure / Mortal Kombat Shinken rin Densetsu / Mortal Kombat II: Kyūkyoku Shinken / Mother 2: Gyiyg No Gyakushu / Motoko-Chan No Wonder Kitchen / Muscle Bomber The Body Explosion / NBA Jam / The Ninja Warriors Again / Nosferatu / Ossu!! Karate Bu / Outer World / Parodius Da! Shinwa Kara Owarai He / Phalanx / Pilotwings / Pinocchio / Pop’n TwinBee / Popeye: Ijiwaru Majo Sea Hag No Maki / Prince of Persia / Psycho Dream / R-Type 3: The 3rd Lightning / Raiden Densetsu / Ranma 1/2: Bakuretsu Rantōhen / Rendering Ranger R2 / Return Of Double Dragon / Rockman 7: Shukumei No Taiketsu! / Rockman & Forte / Rockman X / Rockman X2 / Rockman X3 / Rokudenashi Blues: Taiketsu! Tokyo Shitennō / Rudra No Hihō / Rushing Beat Run: Fukusei Toshi / Ryūko No Ken / Samurai Spirits / Sangokushi IV / Seijū Maden: Beasts & Blades / Seiken Densetsu 2 / Sengoku Denshō / Septentrion / Shadowrun / Shien: The Blade Chaser / Shin Kidō Senki Gundam W: Endless Duel / Shin Megami Tensei / Sim City / Snoopy Concert / Sōkō Kihei Votoms: The Battling Road / Sonic Blast Man / Sonic Blast Man II / Sonic Wings / Solstice II / Spriggan Powered / Stardust Suplex / Star Fox / Stealth / Street Fighter II: The World Warrior / Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting / Street Fighter Zero II / Sugoi Hebereke / Super Aleste / Super Back To The Future II / Super Bomberman / Super Donkey Kong / Super Donkey Kong 2: Dixie & Diddy / Super Donkey Kong 3: Nazo No Kuremisu / Super E.D.F. / Super Fire Pro Wrestling X / Super Genjin / Super Genjin 2 / Super Godzilla / Super H.Q: Criminal Chaser / Super Mario Collection / Super Mario RPG / Super Mario World / Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island / Super Mario Kart / Super Metroid / Super Pang / Super R-Type / Super Star Wars / Super Star Wars: Return of The Jedi / Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back / Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers / Super Tetris 2 + Bombliss: Gentei Ban / Super Tetris 3 / Super Turrican / Super Valis: Akaki Tsuki No Otome / Sutte Hakkun / Sword Maniac / Taekwon-Do / Takahashi Meijin No Daibōken Jima / Takahashi Meijin No Daibōken Jima II / Tales of Phantasia / Tatakae Genshijin 3: Shuyaku Wa Yappari Joe & Mac / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Warriors / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time / Tetris Battle Gaiden / Tetris Flash / Tetsuwan Atom / Thunder Spirits / TwinBee: Rainbow Bell Adventure / Uchū No Kishi: Tekkaman Blade / Uchū Race: Astro Go! Go! / Umihara Kawase / Undercover Cops / Ushio To Tora / Vortex: The FX Robot Battle / V.W. Verne World / Warlock / Wild Guns / Wonder Project J: Kikai No Shōnen Pino / Wrecking Crew ’98 / Xandra No Daibōken: Valkyrie To No Deai / Xardion Chōkō Gasshin / Yam Yam / Yoshi No Cookie / Yoshi No Road Hunting / Zoku: The Legend Of Bishin

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JL
11/15/2020
Javier L.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Quality content, some jewels there. Format is a tad repetitive.

I liked the book although I wasn’t quite clear it was going to be mostly Japanese covers. The variety and some obscure covers make the book really worthwhile. The format and layout can be a bit monotonous and repetitive, it would be great that they found a way to have some in-depth pages and perhaps some pages with a few covers each. I missed the chance to look at the prints in detail in close-ups. The text colour against a colour background can produce really faint contrast at times, making it hard to read.

YF
11/08/2020
Yoon F.
Australia Australia
I recommend this product
Amazing quality and great customer experience

The books speak for themselves - amazing quality - - and delivery to Australia was perfect. Securely packaged and under a week. Thank you - retro nostalgia at it's best.

MS
10/11/2020
Matias S.
Uruguay Uruguay
I recommend this product
Fantastic

As a gamer and an artist this book is something I ever wanted.

IR
10/11/2020
Israel R.
Spain Spain
I recommend this product
Great!

Great content, great quality and best service. Can’t wait to get my Game Boy Covers book.

Bitmap Books Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection Review
MY
10/10/2020
Michael Y.
United States United States
I recommend this product
A well-curated, high-quality collection

I was impressed by every aspect of this book -- the selection of art, the insightful accompanying notes, the graphic design, the printing and binding quality... Having grown up in the United States, I especially enjoyed seeing the original Japanese / alternate box art designs for games from my childhood.