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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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12/03/2019
Angela C.
United Kingdom

Excellent Quality

I have purchased this book as a Christmas gift for my partner and it has been so well packaged for delivery to me that I decided to leave it in its packaging for wrapping as I didn’t want to tempt fate and damage it. From what I can see it looks to be excellent quality and from purchase to delivery the service has been excellent. I know he’ll love it.

JB
10/07/2019
Jonathan B.
United States United States

So fast! Beautiful book

The book is beautifully designed, and the quality of the item is top notch. It arrived so much quicker than expected.

JW
08/20/2019
jason w.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Bitmaps

Amazing bought back so many pleasant memories...

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TC
06/24/2019
Táizel C.
Switzerland

Awesome peace of art

I'm glad I got this book, it really gives the nostalgic feeling I was looking for while also providing some artistic touch to my bookshelf.

GP
06/20/2019
Graham P.
Ireland

Discover something new...

I was on the fence for a long time before deciding to buy this book, having already backed kickstarters and bought many of the other Bitmap books. I'm so glad I finally decided to grab a copy as it is now in my top 5. I found myself over time wishing to see the cover art of the games and less of the usual screenshots as they were everywhere already - cover art, less so. Beautiful images, and great short snappy write-ups has piqued my interest in seeking out some of these games. A fantastic book.