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Whether you're an old-school Game Boy fan, or discovering the wonders of Nintendo's million-selling portable system for the very first time, Game Boy: The Box Art Collection is the book for you it's a vibrant celebration of some of the finest cover artwork for this monochrome marvel, which kick-started the handheld games industry.

Despite the fact that we live in a world where the average smartphone makes the Game Boy look like an abacus, in purely technical terms, Nintendo's trailblazing handheld still manages to capture the attention of gamers all over the world – and flicking through these pages, it's easy to see why. It's home to some of the most famous names in the videogame business, such as Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Mega Man, Castlevania, Gradius and Final Fantasy, and many of its best titles hold up surprisingly well by modern standards – with technology this basic, developers of the period needed to make sure the gameplay was compelling and addictive.

We've worked closely with some of the world's most renowned Game Boy collectors to pull together a varied selection of titles that spans both Western and Eastern tastes. We've tried to strike the right balance between the two, and we hope you'll enjoy seeing some familiar pieces of art rubbing shoulders with covers for games you perhaps know from the dim and distant past, but have never before seen presented in the packaging shown here.

The other notable addition is the inclusion of screenshots on each page, giving you the opportunity to see what the games in question actually look like. As if that wasn't enough, we've gone to the extra effort of professionally translating the titles of Japanese games into Romaji – something that, to our knowledge, has never been properly attempted before in any English-language book. Game Boy: The Box Art Collection also includes a foreword by Gameboycameraman, a collector's interview and an extensive feature on the history of the Game Boy.

At 372 pages long, Game Boy: The Box Art Collection also boasts a metallic silver textured cover with a metallic blue foil logo. As with all our books, we use thread sewn binding for extra durability and print lithographically on high-quality paper to showcase the gorgeous visuals as they deserve.

For the collectors out there, Game Boy: The Box Art Collection also comes in two special, limited run, never-to-be-repeated versions.

The ‘Silver version’:

  • the book is housed within a sturdy metallic silver card box;
  • this box features an exclusive cover illustration designed by the one and only Wil Overton (Super Play, Rare);
  • an A2 poster of Wil’s artwork comes with it, supplied rolled within a heavy-duty tube; and…
  • this version is limited to 1,500 copies.

The ‘Gold version’: 

  • the book is housed within a sturdy metallic gold card box and features a holographic edition sticker;
  • this box features the same exclusive cover illustration by Wil Overton;
  • includes a postcard, featuring the cover illustration, signed by Wil;
  • the A2 poster of Wil’s artwork also comes with it, supplied rolled within a heavy-duty tube; and…
  • this version is limited to only 500 copies sure to become a true collector’s item!

These Silver and Gold versions are strictly limited and will never be printed again, ever.

The Gold Version of Game Boy: The Box Art Collection is limited to one copy per order.

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

We’ll email your free PDF copy of the book as soon as your order is ready to ship.

Includes contributions from:
Jas Austin, Jean-Jacques Calbayrac, Tim Girvin, Vincent Haucourt, Michael Lynch, Paul Machacek, Damien McFerran and Chris Sutherland.

Games featured include:
3 Choume no Tama: Tama and Friends 3 Choume Obake Panic!! / 3-pun Yosou: Umaban Club / Aero Star / Aguri Suzuki F-1 Super Driving / Akazukin Chacha / Akumajou Dracula: Shikkokutaru Zensoukyoku Dark Night Prelude / Akumajou Special: Boku Dracula-kun / Alien vs. Predator: The Last of His Clan / Alleyway / The Amazing Spider-Man / Animal Breeder / Animal Breeder II / Animaniacs / Aoki Densetsu Shoot! / Aretha III / Armoured Police Metal Jack / Bakuchou Retsuden Shou: Hyper Fishing / Balloon Kid / Bart Simpson’s Escape from Camp Deadly / Baseball / Baseball Kids / Batman / Batman Forever / Batman Return of the Joker / Battle of Kingdom / The Battle of Olympus / Battletoads / Battletoads in Ragnarok World / Bikkuri Nekketsu Shin Kiroku!: Dokodemo Kin Medal / Bionic Commando / Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon / Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R / Bitamiina Oukoku Monogatari / Blades of Steel / Bomber Boy / Bomber King: Scenario 2 / Bomberman Collection / Bomberman GB / Bomberman GB 2 / Bomberman GB 3 / Boulder Dash / The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle / Bubble Bobble / Bubble Ghost / Burai Fighter Deluxe / Capcom Quiz: Hatena? no Daibouken / Captain Tsubasa VS / Castelian / Cave Noire / Chachamaru Panic / Chiki Chiki Machine Mou Race / Chiki Chiki Tengoku / Choplifter III / Chou Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru: Mazekko Monster 2 / Chuck Rock / Contra Spirits / Cosmo Tank / Cult Jump / CutThroat Island / David Crane’s The Rescue of Princess Blobette / Dead Heat Fighters: Garou Densetsu 2: Aratanaru Tatakai / Dead Heat Fighters: Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special / Dead Heat Fighters: Samurai Spirits / Dead Heat Fighters: Samurai Spirits: Zankurou Musouken / Dead Heat Fighters: The King of Fighters ’96 / Dead Heat Fighters: Toshinden / Desert Strike Return to the Gulf / Detective Conan: Chika Yuuenchi Satsujin Jiken / Dino Breeder / Disney’s Aladdin / Disney’s DuckTales / Disney’s DuckTales 2 / Donkey Kong / Donkey Kong Land / Donkey Kong Land III / Doraemon Kart / Double Dragon / Double Dragon 3 The Arcade Game / Double Yakuman II / Downtown Nekketsu Koushinkyoku: Dokodemo Daiundoukai / Dr. Franken / Dr. Franken II / Dr. Mario / Dracula Densetsu / Dracula Densetsu II / Dragon Quest Monsters Terry no Wonderland / Dragon Slayer I / Dragons Lair: The Legend / Earthworm Jim / F-1 Spirit / F1 Boy / F1 Race / Famista / Final Fantasy Legend II / Final Reverse: Saigo no Gyakuten / Franky / Joe & Dirk On the Tiles / Funny Field / Fushigi no Dungeon: Fuurai no Shiren GB Tsukikagemura no Kaibutsu / Game Boy Gallery / Game Boy Gallery 2 / Ganbare Goemon: Kurofune Tou no Nazo / Ganbare Goemon: Sarawareta Ebisumaru / Gargoyles Quest / Gauntlet II / GB Genjin Land: Viva! Chikkun Oukoku / Gekitou Power Modeler / Genjin Collection / Genjin Kotts / Ghostbusters 2 / Go! Go! Ackman / Golf / Gremlins 2: The New Batch / Hatris / Head On / Hiryuu no Ken Gaiden / Hokuto no Ken: Seizetsu Juuban Shoubu / Honou no Toukyuuji Dodge Danpei / Hoshi no Kirby / The Humans / Hyper Lode Runner: The Labyrinth of Doom / Ikari no Yousai / The Incredible Crash Dummies / Initial D Gaiden / J.League Live 95 / J.League Winning Goal / James Bond 007 / Jelly Boy / Jikuu Senki Muu / Jimmy Connors Pro Tennis Tour / Jinsei Game Densetsu / Jungle Wars / Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru / Kaisen Game: Navy Blue / Kakomunja / Karakuri Kengou Den Musashi Road / Kenyuu Densetsu Yaiba / The Kick Boxing / Killer Instinct / Kinin Koumaroku Oni / Kinnikuman: The Dream Match / Kirby no Kirakira Kids / Kirby no Pinball / Kizuchi da Quiz da Gen-San da! / Klax / Knight Quest / Koi Wa Kakehiki / Konami GB Collection Vol. 1 / Konamic Golf / Koukiatsu Boy / Krusty’s Fun House / Kwirk / The Lawnmower Man / The Legend of Prince Valiant / Lemmings / Lock ’n’ Chase / Mach GoGoGo / Magic Knight Rayearth 2nd: The Missing Colors / Magical Taluluto-kun / Makai Toushi SaGa / Makaimura Gaiden: The Demon Darkness / Marble Madness / Marchen Club / Mario & Yoshi / Mario no Picross / Masakari Densetsu: Kintarou Action-Hen / Medarot: Kabuto Version / Mega Man: Dr. Wilys Revenge / Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible / Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible II / Metroid II: Return of Samus / Michael Jordan One on One: Jordan vs. Bird / Mickey Mouse II / Mickey Mouse IV: Mahou no Labyrinth / Mickey Mouse V: Mahou no Stick / Micro Machines / Mini Yonku GB Lets & Go!! / The Mobile Police Patlabor: Nerawareta Machi 1990 / Moguranya / Momotaro Dengeki: Momotaro Thunderbolt / Money Idol Exchanger / Monster Max / Monster Race / Mortal Kombat & Mortal Kombat II / Motocross Maniacs / Namco Classic / Namco Gallery Vol. 1 / Namco Gallery Vol. 2 / NBA All-Star Challenge 2 / NBA Jam: Tournament Edition / Nectaris GB / Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun: Bangai Rantou-Hen / Nekketsu Koukou Dodgeball Bu: Kyouteki! Dodge Soldier no maki / Nekketsu Koukou Soccer Bu: World Cup Hen / Nemesis / Nemesis II / The New Chessmaster / Nigel Mansells World Championship Racing / Nintama Rantaro GB: Eawase Challenge Puzzle / Nippon Daihyou Team: Eikou no Eleven / Oddworld Adventures / Oni III: Kuro no Hakaishin / Pac-Man / Pachi-Slot Kids 3 / Pachinko Data Card: Chou Ataru-kun / Pachinko Time / Palamedes / Paperboy / Parodius Da! / Penguin-kun Wars Vs. / Picross 2 / Pinball Dreams / Pinball: 66 Piki no Wani Daikoushin / Pipe Dream / Pit-Fighter / Pocket Bass Fishing / Pocket Bomberman / Pocket Family GB / Pocket Love 2 / Pocket Monsters Midori / Pocket Monsters Pikachu / Pocket Stadium / Pokémon Blue / Popeye / Populous / Pri: Primitive Princess / Primal Rage / Prince of Persia / Pro Wrestling / Probotector 2 / Puyo / Puzznic / Q*bert / QBillion / Qix / Quarth / R-Type / R-Type II / Race Days / Racing Damashii / Radar Mission / Rampart / Ranma ½: Kakugeki Mondou!! / Ranma ½: Kakurenbo Death Match / Ranma ½: Netsuretsu Kakutouhen / The Real Ghostbusters / RoboCop / Rockman World 2 / Rockman World 3 / Rockman World 4 / Rockman World 5 / Rock ’n! Monster!! / Rolans Curse / SaGa 3: Jikuu no Hasha Kanketsu-Hen / SD Command Gundam: G-Arms Operation Gundam / SD Hiryuu no Ken Gaiden / SD Lupin the Third: Kinko Yaburi Daisakusen / Seaside Volley / Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden / Selection: Erabareshi Mono / Sensible Soccer: European Champions / Shin Nihon Pro Wrestling: Toukon Sanjuushi / Shinseiki GPX Cyber Formula / The Simpsons: Bart & the Beanstalk / The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Juggernauts / Skate or Die: Bad ’n Rad / Sneaky Snakes / Soccer / Solar Striker / Solomon’s Club / Space Invaders / Spartan X / Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade’s Revenge / Spot / Star Wars / StarHawk / StarSweep / Street Fighter II / Street Racer / Super B-Daman: Fighting Phoenix / Super Bikkuriman: Densetsu no Sekiban / Super Blackbass Pocket / Super Chinese Fighter GB / Super Chinese Land / Super Chinese Land 2: Uchu Daibouken / Super Chinese Land 3 / Super Donkey Kong GB / Super Kick Off / Super Mario Land / Super Mario Land 2: 6-tsu no Kinka / Super R.C. Pro-Am / Super Robot Taisen / Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi / T2: The Arcade Game / Taito Chase H.Q. / Taito Variety Pack / Taiyou no Yuusha Fighbird GB / Takahashi Meijin no Bouken-Jima II / Tamagotchi / Tecmo Bowl GB / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back from the Sewers / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue / Teke! Asmik-Kun World / Tenchi o Kurau / Tenjin Kaisen / Tennis / Terminator 2: Judgment Day / Tetris / Tetris Flash / Tetris Plus / Tiny Toon Adventures: Babs’ Big Break / Titus the Fox / Tokio Senki: Eiyuu Retsuden / Tokyo Disneyland: Fantasy Tour / Top Ranking Tennis / The Tower of Druaga / Toy Story / True Lies / Trump Boy / Trump Collection GB / Tumblepop / Turok: Bionosaurs no Tatakai / TWIN / TwinBee Da!! / Uchuu-Senkan Yamato / Universal Soldier / UNO 2 Small World / VS Battler / Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 / Wave Race / Wedding Peach: Jamapii Panic / Wizardry Gaiden 1: The First Episode: Suffering of the Queen / Wizards & Warriors X: The Fortress of Fear / Wordtris / World Ice Hockey / Worms / WWF King of the Ring / WWF RAW / WWF Superstars / WWF Superstars 2 / X / Yoshi no Panepon / Yousei Monogatari: Rod Land / Yu Yu Hakusho Dai 2 dan: Ankoku Bujutsu Kai Hen / Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duel Monsters / Zelda no Densetsu: Yume o Miru Shima / Zettai Muteki Raijin-Oh / ZOOP

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Graham P.
Ireland Ireland
I recommend this product
The Book the Game Boy Deserves

Another beautifully bound and printed book with the exceptional quality Bitmap Books is known for. What I especially love about this book is the focus on the box art (and screenshots are included). The Game Boy graphics have a particular look and feel that isn't going to present a lot of visual variation, so focusing on the box art was a stroke of genius. These are what usually prompted you to buy a game in the first place, and overtime I personally wanted to see box art included with retro game reviews or articles. After all, a boxed retro game is far more desirable than the cart alone. It feels like I have a game boy collection again.

Kai G.
Germany Germany
I recommend this product

Another superb box art collection from Bitmap books. This publisher has never disappointed me so far. The quality of the book in terms of binding, images and text is outstanding. A marvelous throwback to my youth.

Philip G.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Ultimate Gameboy Nostalgia!

An amazing product for any Gameboy fan!

Rhenard T.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Gameboy Box Art

Fantastic! I own several of Bitmap's books and the quality has never been a letdown. This is no exception. If you're a Gameboy fan, you have no choice--this needs to be in your collection.

Kris M.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
A trip down memory lane

I love the presentation of this book. The paper weight and colour printing is top notch. In terms of content I really enjoyed reading about the weird and wonderful gameboy games I'd never heard of, in addition to classics such as Pokemon and Tetris. Highly recommended for any vintage gaming fan.