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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 a special, limited run, never-to-be-repeated Silver version.
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.
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.
Includes contributions from:
Jas Austin, Jean-Jacques Calbayrac, Tim Girvin, Vincent Haucourt, Michael Lynch, Paul Machacek, Damien McFerran and Chris Sutherland.
Games featured include:
Aero Star / Aguri Suzuki F-1 Super Driving / Akazukin Chacha / Akumajou Dracula / Akumajou Special / Alien vs. Predator / Alleyway / The Amazing Spider-Man / Animal Breeder / Animal Breeder II / Animaniacs / Aoki Densetsu Shoot! / Aretha III / Armoured Police Metal Jack / 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 / Bionic Commando / Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon / Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R / 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 Tengoku / Choplifter III / Chuck Rock / Contra Spirits / Cosmo Tank / Cult Jump / David Crane’s The Rescue of Princess Blobette / Dead Heat Fighters / Desert Strike Return to the Gulf / 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 / Dr. Franken / Dr. Franken II / Dr. Mario / Dracula Densetsu / Dracula Densetsu II / Dragon Quest / Dragon Slayer I / Dragon’s Lair / 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 / Game Boy Gallery / Game Boy Gallery 2 / Ganbare Goemon / Gargoyle’s Quest / Gauntlet II / GB Genjin Land: Viva! Chikkun Oukoku / Gekitou Power Modeler / Genjin Collection / Genjin Kotts / Ghostbusters 2 / Golf / Gremlins 2: The New Batch / Hatris / Head On / Hiryuu no Ken Gaiden / Hokuto no Ken / Honou no Toukyuuji Dodge Danpei / Hoshi no Kirby / Hyper Lode Runner / 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 / Kaisen Game: Navy Blue / Kakomunja / Karakuri Kengou Den Musashi Road / Kenyuu Densetsu Yaiba / The Kick Boxing / Killer Instinct / Kinin Koumaroku Oni / Kinnikuman / Kirby no Kirakira Kids / Kirby no Pinball / Klax / Knight Quest / Koi Wa Kakehiki / Konami GB Collection Vol. 1 / Konamic Golf / Koukiatsu Boy / Krusty’s Fun House / Kwirk / The Legend of Prince Valiant / Lemmings / Lock ’n’ Chase / Mach GoGoGo / Magic Knight Rayearth 2nd / 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. Wily’s 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 / Mickey Mouse V / Micro Machines / Mini Yonku GB Let’s & Go!! / The Mobile Police Patlabor / Moguranya / Momotaro Dengeki / 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 / Nekketsu Koukou Dodgeball Bu / Nekketsu Koukou Soccer Bu / Nemesis / Nemesis II / The New Chessmaster / Nigel Mansell’s World Championship Racing / Nintama Rantaro GB / Nippon Daihyou Team / Oddworld Adventures / Oni III: Kuro no Hakaishin / Pac-Man / Pachi-Slot Kids 3 / Pachinko Data Card / 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 / 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 / The Real Ghostbusters / RoboCop / Rockman / Rock ’n! Monster!! / Rolan’s Curse / SaGa 3 / SD Command Gundam / SD Hiryuu no Ken Gaiden / SD Lupin the Third / Seaside Volley / Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden / Sensible Soccer / Shin Nihon Pro Wrestling / Shinseiki GPX Cyber Formula / The Simpsons: Bart & the Beanstalk / The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Juggernauts / Skate or Die / 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 / Super Blackbass Pocket / Super Chinese Fighter GB / Super Chinese Land / Super Donkey Kong GB / Super Kick Off / Super Mario Land / Super Mario Land 2 / Super R.C. Pro-Am / Super Robot Taisen / Super Star Wars / T2: The Arcade Game / Taito Chase H.Q. / Taito Variety Pack / Takahashi Meijin no Bouken-Jima II / Tamagotchi / Tecmo Bowl GB / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III / Tenchi o Kurau / Tenjin Kaisen / Tennis / Terminator 2 / Tetris / Tiny Toon Adventures / Titus the Fox / Tokio Senki / Tokyo Disneyland / Top Ranking Tennis / The Tower of Druaga / Toy Story / True Lies / Trump Boy / Trump Collection GB / Tumblepop / Turok / TWIN / TwinBee Da!! / Uchuu-Senkan Yamato / Universal Soldier / UNO 2 Small World / VS Battler / Wario Land / Wave Race / Wedding Peach / Wizardry Gaiden 1 / Wizards & Warriors X / 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-Gi-Oh!: Duel Monsters / Zelda no Densetsu / Zettai Muteki Raijin-Oh / ZOOP
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A beautiful collection of Game Boy artwork
Along with admiring the variety of great cover art on display, I enjoy reading the short blurbs and learning about games I've never played. The screenshots are a great preview of the actual game. I wish every Game Boy game was covered, but I guess the book would be too long.
Amazing Gameboy Book
Like all bitmap books this is a visual nostalgic journey through an amazing system. The quality of the book is second to none and the shipping packaging is fantastic!
The book is absolutely fantastic! The packaging and the quality are top notch. Although it’s just a book, I was totally immersed into it! It teleported me to some of the happiest moments contains of my childhood! If you had a Gameboy and loved it, then I can’t recommend it enough.
The art is this book is beautifully printed. I can’t wait to finally have people over to show it off.
Top notch quality as always!
The quality of the paper, the content, the design and layout... even the smell! When you have of Bitmap Books in your hands, you know that it is worth every cent. They have also the best packaging I've ever seen!