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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 that 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, 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 (aka Super Famicom Guy), each box is beautifully presented life-size, with a critique of the artwork, plus interviews with other collectors, explaining their love of the format.

Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection comes in a square format book, bound in charcoal grey wibalin 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!, will oversee the text and also write 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 page, 250mm x 250mm, Hardback, Lithographic print, Sewn binding, Charcoal Grey wibalin cover with gold foil blocked logo.

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Oscar A.
Mexico Mexico
Indispensable for videogame book collectors

With this wonderful book I complete the SNES trilogy that Bitmap Books has published. Excellent quality as always and a wonderful customer service, the order was dispatched in the same day of my purchase and was arriving to Mexico in 5 days. The books come perfectly packed with branded material from the publisher that is is painful have to break. I am very happy with my purchase!

Malaysia Malaysia
Gives a wonderful look at the Japanese artwork for SNES

The SNES was the Nintendo console of my childhood, with countless hours playing Mario Kart and Street Fighter II, to name a few. The SNES is one of my all time favourite consoles and this book was a must have for me. Being a kid growing up in the early 90s, there wasn't the internet, or even access to see what other regions got in terms of games. This book absolutely scratches that itch, giving you full access to all Japanese SNES box art to compare and marvel at the beautiful artwork. I came across Bitmap books thanks to Happy Console Gamer's Youtube channel and his feature/review of this book, along with the SNES pixel book and having picked up these books, I can't thank Bitmap enough for making these tomes of nostalgia and wonderment! Worth every penny!

Eymeric L.
France France
The best art book superfamicom

Oh my God!!! For me it s very unbelievable art book of super Famicom... Thanks you again for this book

Benjamin S.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Amazing book and it arrived super-quick!

Adrien M.
France France

A non exhaustive selection of SFC covers, briefly comented and very nicemy presented with top-quality page layout and photography.