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150+ Best Classic Video Game Box Art Covers – Retro Inspiration

So I’ve been feeling really nostalgic lately, so I’ve been digging deep into my past for some inspiration, and this week, we are going to dive into some of my very favorite games from the old console systems. That’s right. Nintendo, Sega Genesis (Mega Drive), Super Nintendo (Even some Arcade Games in here). The great ones. Here are some of my favorite games from those systems, looking back now, its awesome (and inspirational) to look at the box art that I completely disregarded as a kid, threw it in the corner so I could play the game. But the box art is awesome too! Hope you guys get some inspiration (and remember good times) with me. These would be good design inspirations if you were working on a project designing any packaging, covers, or any other type print design for modern projects! Get that retro nostalgic feel!

And of course, I linked all these images to the appropriate wikipedia page – so good luck getting anything done today. haha 🙂




Duck Hunt

Kung-Fu Master

Super Mario Bros.

Operation Wolf

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

Bad Dudes

Battle Chess



Blaster Master

A Boy and His Blog: Trouble on Blobolonia

Bubble Bobble

Castlevania III: Dracula Curse

Darkwing Duck

Donkey Kong

Double Dragon II: The Revenge

Final Fantasy

G.I. Joe

Jurassic Park

The Legend of Zelda

Metal Gear

R.C. Pro Am

Skate or Die!

Super Mario Bros. 3


Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II



ActRaiser 2


Battletoads & Double Dragon

Breath of Fire

Chrono Trigger

Clay Fighter

Donkey Kong Country

Earthworm Jim 2

Final Fantasy VI

Harvest Moon

Illusion of Gaia

Mortal Kombat II

Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen

Super Mario Kart

Super Mario All-Stars

Altered Beast

Castlevania: Bloodlines

Ecco the Dolphin

Gain Ground


General Chaos

Golden Axe III

Gunstar Heroes

The Lost Vikings

Sonic The Hedgehog

Splatterhouse 3

Zombies Ate My Neighbors


ToeJam & Earl


Street Fighter II

And as if that wasn’t a long enough trip down memory lane, never fear – more inspirations are here (below)

More Classic (and some modern) Video Game Art Inspiration & Resources

Totally ’80s box art!

40 Examples of Innovative Nintendo Game Boy Box Artwork

Top 40 Video Game Covers of All Time

Now that you made it this far – What is YOUR Favorite Video Game Cover? (Or just your favorite video game from your childhood) TELL ME BELOW! Get some 80’s and 90’s Gamer Discussion Goin’ on!

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      Heck yeah! I wish I was playing them right now haha. I spent many a day (months) playing mario kart & Mortal Kombat growing up

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