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The days of box art are numbered.
With digital releases, regular updates, and enormous storage on our always-online consoles, it seems like putting games in boxes is a waste of material.
Promotional graphics will always be included in games, but the box format will not endure indefinitely.
When the Nintendo 64 was initially released in 1996, things were quite different.
Publishers wanted their games to stand out on shop shelves and entice prospective consumers, so they used bright colors and thrilling graphics to get players to try them out.
My first console was the Nintendo 64. (probably like many of you).
It taught me how to play games and developed in me a strong desire for gleaming boxes carrying a plane ticket to the land of my greatest desires.
So let’s take a look at some of Nintendo’s first 3D console’s greatest and most famous box art.
Razor Freestyle Scooter (#15) (2000)
I’d like to begin our list with recalling a piece of cover art that is so awful that it is remembered.
To capitalize on the growing popularity of scooters in the early 2000s, Shaba Games and Titanium Studios created Razor Freestyle Scooter for the N64.
This box art is so lifeless that it’s almost amusing.
The Razor logo and a large “Blockbuster Exclusive” sticker take up the most of the remaining area, along with a worried youngster who seems to be ready to fall off his scooter.
This was probably done so Razor could sell more safety gear.
Have you seen the expression on the kid’s face? That’s the look on someone’s face who isn’t wearing Razor knee or elbow protectors!
Aidyn Chronicles: The First Mage (Chapter 14) (2001)
Aidyn Chronicles was an ambitious 3D RPG adventure developed by H2O and released by THQ in which you travel the mundane and spirit dimensions in search of your mystical True Name.
The cover promises an epic adventure filled with huge dragons, ominous-looking towers, and female fighters who have decided to go without armor in order to remain swift and nimble.
The problem is that the real gameplay is nothing like that.
The trip in the game is surely long.
But to call it “epic” would be an exaggeration.
I’m sure this magical adventure will pique your interest, but the clumsy controls will yank you back to reality.
Isn’t it true that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover?
Banjo-Kazooie (Banjo-Kazooie) (Banjo-K (1998)
On the N64, Banjo-Kazooie was one of the top games.
Rare’s creators outdid themselves, and they didn’t even need well-known icons like Donkey Kong to promote their game.
Rare put practically every character and gameplay feature on the cover, which I really like.
Banjo rushes away from Grunty (and toward a golden puzzle piece) with a Jinjo in her hand, Kazooie mocks her, and Mumbo Jumbo tries to warn you that the witch is approaching – as if Banjo didn’t already know!
It’s a little crowded by today’s standards… But as a youngster, it only piqued my interest in learning more about all of these things.
I purchased the game, thus the box art accomplished its job well.
8 Vigilante 12 (1998)
As a youngster, I never played Vigilante 8.
However, based on the cover image, I clearly missed out.
Is it safe to drive? Pfft. That’s for knuckleheads who drive actual automobiles.
The cover clearly states that this vehicle combat game was all about mayhem and devastation.
Aside from the rather amazing logo, the cover depicts a militarized school bus being sideswiped by a Shelby Cobra-style sports car, both firing machine guns at whatever lies ahead.
It perfectly encapsulates the nature of a vehicle combat match: impromptu buddies, color swapping, and danger on all sides as you drive from one explosion to the next.
11. The Ideal Dark (2000)
While some may find the close-up of Joanna Dark’s face to be uninteresting or unpolished, I believe it accomplished what the box art needed to do at the time.
At a distance, the colorful letters writing “Perfect Dark” definitely stood out. You’d notice it as soon as you went into Blockbuster or wherever you acquired your N64 games, and the alien mirrored in Joanna’s eye would spark your interest as you came closer.
In an amusing twist of fate, the game’s Japanese cover depicts the exact reverse.
Instead of showing Joanna’s face beside the gun, it depicts a lady in a short dress leaning over a couch with a pistol in her hand and a sniper rifle nearby – but no face!
10. Rogue Squadron from Star Wars (1998)
The Star Wars Rogue Squadron cover excels at one thing:
Without giving you the pictures, it sells you the experience.
Other N64 box covers typically contain significantly higher-quality 3D rendered characters than their game equivalents, mostly to showcase the game’s 3D nature without depending on the N64’s less-than-photogenic visuals.
Instead, Star Wars Rogue Squadron uses stunning hand-drawn artwork that you’d want to display on your wall.
High-speed dogfights featuring legendary Star Wars planes like the X-Wing and the TIE Bomber, among others, are advertised on the cover.
This was enough to whet the appetite of any SW fan — and would also pique the interest of many inquisitive children.
9. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (JP) (2001)
Next, we have box art that shouldn’t even exist – at least, that’s what Animal Crossing fans in North America are probably thinking right now.
Animal Crossing was first launched for the Nintendo 64 under the title “Doubutsu no Mori,” which translates to “Animal Forest.”
Its appearance is unremarkable.
It does, however, include vibrant hues and even a peek of K.K. in the lower left corner.
Donkey Kong 64 (PAL) is the eighth game in the Donkey Kong series (1999)
The cover for Donkey Kong 64, like the covers for previous Rare games (such as Banjo-Kazooie), has the game’s primary characters front and center.
In the North American cover, you can clearly see Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Tiny Kong, Chunky Kong, and Lanky Kong being pursued by King K. Rool.
It introduces you to all of the important characters and sets up the tension before you even begin the game.
However, I used the European cover art for this ranking since they refused to provide King K. Rool the needed Expansion Pak label.
When I initially played DK64, I was a kid who saw the Game Over screen far too often.
I used to be afraid of K. Rool, and I don’t think he should be disrespected in any manner.
Paper Mario is number seven (2000)
Paper Mario is a beautiful game with visuals that imitate the appearance and feel of paper and cardboard cut-outs, as the title suggests.
Every figure on the cover throws a shadow on the backdrop, similar to a floating paper cut-out.
The title of the game seems to have been crumpled and then straightened up.
It’s wrinkled and creased, giving it some texture and emphasizing the “arts and crafts” theme.
I also can’t help but laugh at the game’s motto:
“Bigger Adventure, Thinner Mario!”
What about Mario, the thicc-er? Is he able to have smol-er adventures?
Doom 64 is number six on the list (1997)
Doom 64’s cover image can be summed up in one word: awesome.
At the very least, it was the Nintendo 64’s most intimidating cover.
It features Doom’s distinctive insignia — a demonic visage on an upside-down pentagram – perched atop the Demon Artifact.
By that time in history, almost everyone had heard of Doom. As a result, making the game’s logo stand out from a mile away was a top objective.
5. Ocarina of Time from The Legend of Zelda (1998)
Link’s first 3D adventure’s cover image has become a hallmark of the N64 and early 3D gaming in general.
The North American cover art has the game’s now-iconic emblem set on a rich golden backdrop.
Link’s Hylian Shield and Master Sword are stunning in this image, and they offer us a taste of what the game is about.
I’ll concede that the red strip and “Only for N64” label detract from the box art’s basic grandeur, but it’s certainly memorable, and one of my first experiences with graphic design.
4. Mario Party 2 (Japanese version) (1999)
One of the most significant advancements of the Nintendo 64 era was the Mario Party series.
So, of course, I had to add one of the game’s vibrant and vivid box art.
I originally chose the North American version of the MP2 cover, but when doing some research, I came across the Japanese version and wanted to share it with you.
Like the NA box cover, this one includes a slew of Marioverse stars, including DK, Wario, Peach, Luigi, and Mario, all dressed up and ready to go.
The bright pink backdrop is what distinguishes them (and eventually makes the Japanese version superior).
It certainly draws attention to the artwork.
3. Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo 3DS (Japan) (1999)
Another example of Japan getting all the good stuff is the original Super Smash Bros. box cover for the N64.
The Japanese cover art features manga panels of the game’s eight main characters as well as some of their most famous attacks, complete with textual sound effects and lots of movement.
Kirby is the lone exception, who is simply standing there waving.
This most likely has something to do with Kirby’s enormous popularity in Japan.
2. Majora’s Mask (JP) from The Legend of Zelda (2000)
The Majora’s Mask’s North American box art, like that of its predecessor OoT, is minimalistic.
It depicts the game’s fantastic logo against a rainbow backdrop, evoking the concept of going through a portal, as Link does at the start of the game.
While the North American box is attractive, it pales in comparison to the Japanese cover, which has Link riding his faithful horse while the new fairy Tatl flutters around.
Bosses, friends, and several of Link’s alternative forms are among the dark purple, black, and blue figures that rise behind Link.
The menacing Skull Kid wears the cursed mask at the very top.
It’s a little gloomy, but so is the game!
Mario Kart 64 is the first Mario Kart game (1996)
Mario Kart 64 is one of the most popular video games of all time.
On my Nintendo 64, it was without a doubt the game I played the most. I’ll never forget the cover of this book.
It’s based on the same picture as the title screen, which depicts some of our favorite characters in a violent kart race, with the exception that Peach and Toad are absent from the cover.
While this choice was most likely made to give the red strip and “Only for N64” peel-away label more area, it dramatically affects the tone of the scenario.
Wario, DK, and Bowser seem to be pursuing our Italian hero actively rather than just competing.
It brilliantly depicts the sensation of being in first position and receiving predatory feelings from every red shell-carrying rival behind you, which is exactly what Mario Kart is about.
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