Early NES Box Art 3 – The Gold & Silver Experience

Nintendo phased out their aesthetically pleasing but uniformly basic looking black box designs in early 1987 after the release of Pro Wrestling, Slalom and Volleyball that Spring.

They served their purpose by showcasing an honest representation of what the game’s graphics actually looked like as opposed to those beautifully drawn yet comically inaccurate Atari game boxes. That doesn’t mean Nintendo was completely done with the concept of categorizing their games into a series to help clarify the style of gameplay for each title. What eventually fell by the wayside, besides the black box design, was the color coding aspect that was assigned to each game series category. This color coding was used for both the series icon on the box cover and the game’s title printed on the cover and the sides of the box. These color coded titles made for a really clean look when […]

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Early NES Box Art 2 – The Black Box Titles

Continuing the topic of the early Nintendo black box titles and their box art, I wanted to quickly highlight a few more from some of the other series that really caught my attention in the 80s, such as the light gun, programmable and arcade series.

Arcade series games were self-explanatory. These were familiar titles with the exception of Donkey Kong 3, that I had enjoyed in arcades prior to the arrival of […]

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Early NES Box Art 1 – The Black Box Titles

Nintendo Power was an enormous resource when it came to helping NES owners determine what games were worth buying, renting, or better off skipping entirely.

However, not everyone was blessed enough to be a Nintendo Power subscriber, and there were very few other ways to determine a game’s potential attributes. The existence of online playthroughs and reviews that showed actual gameplay footage would still be decades away. Today, you can watch games being played, you can hear the music and in-game sound effects, and you can browse dozens of unbiased online reviews. There’s really no excuse for any modern gamer to purchase a game that might completely take them by surprise […]

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