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BEST VIDEO GAME BOX ART – Happy Console Gamer

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Johnny looks at his favourite video game box arts!

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  1. As a computer gamer and 80s-90sh gen console gamer the artwork was awesome. I LOVED games that came with poster or even ads. I wish there was a website dedicated to nothing but the original works. Boxes sometimes trim out some of the original painting/cel. I never saw a fantasy zone box until now. Pretty cool. I never saw the megadrive Vermillion. I have to say its pretty awesome. The one I have does remind me a bit of renaissance art which I also love. Still, megadrive would be my choice. Kidniki box was so awesome and so 80s. Loved the game and music too. Am I hearing some SOR background music?

  2. I've always loved the box art on the NES games like gauntlet, little nemo dream catcher, rygar and iron sword to name a few.

  3. I just realized the EU Breath of the Wild cover is different…

  4. The reversible cover for FF12 the Zodiac age is gorgeous.

  5. Great artwork on the PC Engine John. Thumbs up for recognizing Bresth of the Wild!

  6. Picked up Devil's Crush for PC Engine when I was in Japan. Its box art is dope.

  7. With the Sword of the Vermillion, I have to go with the Megadrive cover, because the Genesis cover looks like someone was given the description of "a medieval prince going on a journey" drew a cover for a game he didn't give two fucks about but the Megadrive cover looks like someone got decked out on the best equipment after actually playing the game and drew a cover based on that.

  8. Man, Sword of Vermillion had amazing art on the Mega Drive! Never seen that before. North American box art is lame, but MAN I loved that game.

  9. Awesome stuff, all of it, just pure love and passion spilling out allover! Nothing like the old school anime style artworks for games or handpainted surreal and crazy fantasy madness with barbarians, monsters, creatures, swords and more. Ah yes! Shirow Masamune, he was just on my mind actually. I actually dig both of the Vermillion covers, but the Megadrive one is a bit cooler, if i was a kid i would have gone for that one for sure, but they both have their charm. Cadash is Badass! 🙂

    Cool and wonderful stuff! LOVE, LOVE , LOVE!

  10. Shit John, you're really a PC Engine/Turbografx hipster.

  11. One of my absolute favourites is the Japanese, Mega Drive version of Jewel Master. If you look long enough, you can find a higher resolution version of the original painting, which was my phone's background for a long time.

  12. 90's Japanese console games did have some of the best and most awesome box arts 👍

  13. Always loved the Jewel case manual art on pc Engine games.
    I've been collecting them on and off for years, love the HuCards most as they just have a great feeling about them. Awesome 😊

  14. I always liked the covers for the Golden Axe games.

  15. You make me want to grab a piece of paper and a pencil. That Japanese box art is amazing. Back in the day my favourite box art was Ultima I V on the sega master system. I tried to copy that over and over. Great stuff

  16. John I am a longtime viewer of your channel, been dealing with a lot and lately I've had your videos playing most days and it has really helped me. Thank you for doing what you do and I hope you will continue to make videos in the future.

  17. That thumbnail made me double take so hard I'm in the hospital for a snapped neck.

  18. As far as box art goes for me I think the first Ninja Gaiden game was my first NES game I got after playing so long on Atari and Colecovision. My reaction to hitting the first boss in the bar and realizing he requires more than one hit to kill blew my 11 year old mind.

  19. Dang that Ninja Warriors box art was FRESH TO DEATH! o>O NOICE! BUt that copy of MAcross 2036 on the right looked better than the other. Its so cool looking and evocative of old school sci fi ideals from the 70s and 80s.

  20. The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince is a great example of a box art that blew me away when I saw it. I haven't seen a box art that looked that good in years.

  21. Hey man. Have you seen the PC engine best collections they had got on PSP in Japan? They're are soooooooooooo sweet. That kabuki den game is on one of them

  22. The cover art for the original release of Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is still one of my favorites. Definitely set the tone for what the game would be like.

  23. Octagrammaton Veilchenstein der Dreizehnte says:

    Johnny, my question is unrelated to this video. Have you played Blasphemous?

  24. 4:06 As a fellow artist myself, I can answer it in the most blunt, and observational way I can… this is artwork is done the traditional Japanese way. After starting life with construction lines, the artist comes in with a Zebra G-Nib, and Saji Nib among other amazing manga art supplies, inking it in. Then once the ink dried, the artist would come back in, erasing the construction lines, and this is where the BEST part comes in… the coloring! The tools of the trade often used with Video Games & Manga from japan are Copic Markers: the top-of-the line, cream-of-the-crop tried & true markers for ANY artist worth their weight! With those markers, colors can be blended for a near-airbrush look, and results such as this you see before you! Once initial coloring is done, touch-ups are made to make the artwork more complete; whether it would be airbrushing—having the initial colorized artwork masked off with frisket, more additions like a gleam (for example with the crystals) would be done with either an acrylic paint, or even Copic’s own Opaque White Ink thrown in for good measure. Just thought I’d help answer the riddle for you! 😉

  25. Lost Odyssey Japanese cover art is ridiculously beautiful from inoue's art! You shouldn't miss it

  26. The Super Metroid and Super Castlevania box art were great.

  27. I'd say the greatest box art I've ever seen was for Gradius. Great vid!

  28. Shadowrun on the Genesis. It just sums up the the game perfectly.

  29. I know cheesey and tacky but Super Mario 2

  30. Box art used to sell the games, or the rentals. An under appreciated artform.

  31. Box art for ocean games on the 8 bit micro computers were really good

  32. I still love the regular old cartoon painting style Turbografx box art from games like Cadash or Dungeon Explorer. Very colorful and usually represent the subject and gets your imagination going.

  33. Great video Johnny! Love seeing those old school covers – such a wonderful time!

  34. Great episode, Johnny ! I think I'm not the only one who thinks that you should turn this into a series, considering your collection of so many great-looking box-art. I'm really surprised that you didn't mention box art from Ys & Phantasy Star, considering you're such a huge fan. Maybe you wanted to give exposure to stuff you don't mention as often. My favorite picks of this episode are probably Spriggan (I wish that manga was fully translated!), Silent Debuggers % Moto Roader. Fighting games in general tend to have pretty hype covers because they need to sell you on their characters. I recommend you checking out the ones for Guilty Gear. Also Vanillaware is pretty godlike at covers when it comes to more recent stuff.

  35. I love this video man!! I think we’re around the same age (39) cause your memories of being a child are essentially the same as mine lol. And your love for very specific art style is eerily similar to mine.
    I figured out why I never saw you on RotR, you must’ve been on it during 2005-2011ish? Because that’s when my wife n I were busy building a couple humans and I didn’t get to watch ANYTHING I actually wanted to 😂
    All in all I really appreciate your channel man. Like I said, were similar in age, I’m in Canada too over here in Ontario and I just hope you keep doing what you do.

  36. Lost Odyssey and The Last Story! It's a shame they apparently didn't sell well enough and Sakaguchi abandoned these sorts of grand console RPGs in favor of mobile games. I feel like he had bad luck with timing. If his enterprise had started closer to the present when most games are now released multiplatform (including PC) and with the resurgence of Japanese games after being bashed by game "journalists" for so long, games like Lost Odyssey would have fared better.

  37. Rondo of blood has the sickest box art. Early 90s anime meets castlevania. Reminds me of a crazy full cover manga page with dracs eyes involved.

  38. Let me throw out a mention for Red Steel 2's box art. Simple, striking, surrealistic, and with so many fine touches that make it look extra cool, like the sheen on his blade, the creases on his coat, and the smoke wisping away from his gun.

  39. Something to be said for Star Wars Rogue Squadron on the N64 and Donkey Kong Country 1-3 but by far my favourite has to be Phantasy Star 3.

  40. For the first 20 minutes I hadn't ever heard of these games, and until the very last one I hadn't played any.

  41. I can’t believe no Shenmue. Those games had beautiful artwork, and the Best Buy metal case for Shenmue 3 looked really nice

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