Friday, January 03, 2014

Five favorites: Japanese Game Gear box art

Now that the holiday season is over, it's about time I got back to discovering my favorite pieces of box art, don't you think?

This time around, I'm going to focus on that brick-sized handheld of yesteryear, Sega's Game Gear.

As the header above suggests, each of the cover illustrations below appeared on copies of Japanese Game Gear games at one point or another.

House of Tarot--I've never played this first-party tarot-reading simulator and I'm not sure I ever will, but I sure like its cover art. That's mainly because it screams "old-school Sega" (or at least it does to me), although I also really like its peachy color scheme and its prickly logo.

Ninja Gaiden--I can't speak for how well this game stacks up to the arcade original, but its box art is awesome, don't you think? I mean, it features a ninja (duh), missiles, some kind of zombie-like being, and a whole lot of purple. Yeah, it's awesome.

Phantasy Star Gaiden--Hey, more purple! I guess I really like purple packaging--at least when it comes to video games. Anyway, I think this may be my favorite piece of Game Gear-related box art, but don't quote me on that.

Puyo Puyo--Could this cover illustration be any more cheerful or colorful? I doubt it. Granted, I like pretty much any piece of box art that features this series' gelatinous logo, but even then this one manages to stick out from the crowd.

Shining Force Gaiden II--Yes, this piece of box art also features a lot of purple. It features some really nice character illustrations, too, though, so I'm including it here even though doing so means this post could be re-titled, "Five favorites: purple-tinged box art." Anyway, I really could have chosen any of the Shining Force Gaiden covers, as all three of them are top-shelf creations.

Be on the lookout for a second "five favorites" post devoted to Japanese Game Gear box art in the next week or so.


michaelstearns said...

The thing I find interesting is that purple is such a recurring color here (it's even in House of Tarot), and purple was also used as the identifying color for Game Gear titles in the US (Red for Genesis, Blue for SegaCD, etc). Coincidence? :) said...

I completely forgot that purple was used as the identifying color for GG games in the US, Michael! Maybe the folks at Sega learned that purple has certain powers of attraction, etc., in the retail space and, as such, decided to use it a lot in the company's cover art at the time? Regardless, it's interesting!