Video Game Nostalgia: 50 Vintage SNES Official Game Artwork


The Super Nintendo was released in Japan during November 1990 later coming to the United States in 1991. The console has seen over 700 game titles released since its birth and brings a lot of retro styles to the table. Looking back now we can see just how abundant these games are with musical tones, vast landscapes, detailed storylines, and incredible box art.

Below I’ve accounted for 50 amazing box art designs from classic Super Nintendo games. Many of these originate from Japan but there are quite a few titles exclusive to North American media. Notice the vast differences between game artwork even 20 years ago compared with today. I personally derive a lot of design inspiration from “old school” games, especially SNES official artwork.

The characters and background scenery may be enough to spur that brilliant idea into fruition. Consider yourself open to illustrations, graphics design, website layouts, and anything which may flow into your creative process! Similarly if you have questions or examples of other box artwork please leave your words in the comments section below.

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Illusion of Gaia

Illusion of Gaia Game

Kirby’s Avalanche

kirbys avalanche snes

Lufia & the Fortress of Doom

Lufia Fortress of Doom

Mario Paint

Mario Paint SNES special nintendo


EarthBound SNES classic box art

Super Mario Kart

Super Mario Kart SNES greatest hits

The Lion King

Disney's the lion king snes

Earthworm Jim

Earthworm Jim SNES game artwork

Sim City

Sim City SNES artwork

Road Runner’s Death Valley Rally

Roadrunner Death Valley Rally SNES artwork

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon Super Nintendo Box Artwork

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest SNES

King Arthur’s World

King Arthurs World SNES box art

Paladin’s Quest

Paladins Quest SNES boxart


Vortex Super Nintendo box artwork

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

Super Mario Yoshis Island

Super Game Boy

Super Game Boy SNES artwork

Out of this World

Another World/Out of this World US/JP artwork


Dino City SNES box art

Zombies Ate My Neighbors

Zombies ate my Neighbors

Star Fox

Star Fox SNES box art

Super Off Road

Super Off Road: The Baja SNES

Final Fantasy III

Final Fantasy III SNES box artwork

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings SNES box artwork

Toy Story

Toy Story SNES artwork

Donkey Kong Country

Donkey Kong Country classic SNES artwork

Fatal Fury

Fatal Fury SNES box artwork

Ninja Warriors

Ninja Warriors SNES

Secret of Evermore

Secret of Evermore Super Nintendo artwork

Dr. Mario / Tetris

Dr. Mario and Tetris SNES

Super Punch-out!!

Super Punch-Out Super Nintendo


Populous SNES box artwork


Animaniacs SNES game box

Breath of Fire

Breath of Fire SNES box art

Demon’s Crest

Demon's Crest SNES box art

Disney’s The Jungle Book

Disney's Jungle Book

Chrono Trigger

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest SNES box artwork

Ys III: Wanderers from Ys

Ys III: Wanderers from Ys SNES artwork

Wild Guns

Wild Guns SNES art

The Lost Vikings

The Lost Vikings SNES game artwork

Super Bomberman 2

Super Bomberman 2

Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct SNES box artwork

Super Mario World

Super Mario World Super Nintendo box artwork

Utopia: The Creation of a Nation

Utopia SNES boax artwork

Wing Commander

Wing Commander SNES box art

Mega Man X

Mega Man X SNES game art

Final Fantasy V (Japanese)

Final Fantasy V game art

The 7th Saga

The 7th Saga SNES game art

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