Before the advent of the internet, choosing a video game to purchase was a simpler process. A visit to the store often involved scanning the shelves for box art that conveyed excitement and stood out from the pack. While many games failed to do this effectively, there were also a number of titles that nailed their box art, leaving a lasting impression on players years later.
The best video game box art doesn’t have to be flashy or complicated. In fact, many of the most memorable covers have been simple designs that draw the player in. Take, for example, Super Mario Bros. 3, the Pokemon games, or Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. These classics all feature iconic characters and imagery that stick with players long after they’ve put down the controller.
However, when a more eye-catching approach is needed, few developers do it better than Rockstar Games. Their multi-panel Grand Theft Auto covers have become the stuff of legend, with their striking designs and provocative imagery instantly recognizable to gamers worldwide.
Of course, there are also games where the box art perfectly captures the tone and essence of the gameplay. Capcom’s lesser-known gem, Final Fight, is a prime example. The game’s cover features the main character, Cody, punching an enemy in the face, perfectly encapsulating the game’s arcade-style brawling action.
These are just a few examples of some of the best video game box art ever created, dating all the way back to the NES era. But there are countless other titles with covers that have stood the test of time. What’s your favorite video game box art? Let us know in the comments!