Sunday, July 24, 2011

Which sites do you turn to when you're searching for Japanese box art?

Someone recently asked me (via Facebook) if I know of any websites that feature galleries of Japanese box art--especially of the retro variety.

Here are the ones that I've come up with thus far:

Box Art--An awesome tumblog that highlights box art from all countries, although it seems to favor Japanese covers, and all eras. (The Ninja Princess illustration to the right came from this site, by the way.)

Gamengai--I've spent so much time on this site--which features box-art scans and mini-reviews of all sorts of 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit games--over the years that it's gone from being silly to being a bit sad. Also sad: It doesn't feature any Famicom box-art scans and mini-reviews.

The PC Engine Software Bible--The name of this site says it all, really. If you're looking for information--including box-art images--on a PC Engine game, this is where you'll find it.

Segagaga Domain--A Sega-centric counterpart to The PC Engine Software Bible, Segagaga Domain caters to folks looking for box-art scans and other tidbits of info on Master System, Mega Drive, Saturn and Dreamcast titles.

Video Game Den--Much like, this site features box-art scans and mini-reviews of tons of retro Japanese games. This one, though, focuses on just three systems: The Famicom, the PC Engine and the Super Famicom.

I don't suppose any of you can think of other such sites that should be added to this list?


RetroKingSimon said...

I'm a frequent visitor to PCE Software Bible, it's a fantastic site. Good question if looking for non-Engine covers though! I usually just rely on Google so this is a very helpful post, thanks! :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yeah, I love the PCE Software Bible, Simon! Such a great site. Segagaga Domain and are similarly good sources of info for Sega and Nintendo games, BTW -- although NinDB doesn't have box-art scans, sadly.

kidicarus222 said...

I suppose this wasn't exactly what the asker wanted, but I've had a lot of luck with the Arcade Flyer Museum:

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hey, Drew! I don't think that's what she was looking for, but *I* certainly am interested in it. Thank you! :)

SUIKA said...

boxart.tumblr don't update as often as I'd like it to. I'm too used to sporadic daily updates from the likes of Drew's tumblrs actually.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yeah, Box Art definitely is a site that I check every so often -- as in, once every other week or so. Still, it's a nice place to go once in a while and check out some fun stuff.