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Super Famicom box art design. 

What you see here are some good examples of japanese graphic design in videogames. While in Europe and America Super Nintendo box art was limited by black frames and closed templates, in Japan packaging designers had a good amount of freedom for displaying images and typography in a large rectangular canvas.

If you want to know more about the differences between japanese and occidental Super Nintendo game boxes you can read a good article in Super Famicom Guy blog. He’s also the author of these pics, follow him on Instagram for more of them.

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New 3DS and Cover Plates packaging ⊟

I love that New 3DS box for Japan! It’s curious that of all the system’s new features and improvements (extra analog input and buttons, built-in NFC/Amiibo support, faster CPU, etc.), the box’s design and word balloon are dedicated to advertising the handheld’s swappable cover plates. The boxes for the New 3DS XLs, which don’t let you change the covers, are more boring traditional.

Also notice that the packaging for the cover plates (now listed at Amazon Japan) has text for other languages, indicating these will eventually come to the West. Thanks to @Lite_Agent and @NintendoTweet for the pics!

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Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Boxart ⊟

There’s a lot of emphasis here on the animals, what with the new Safari feature being introduced to Harvest Moon: Connect to a New World. This releases in Japan on February 27. Don’t forget that North American publisher Natsume is selling a few of its games with a $10 discount on the eShop, including its Harvest Moon 3DS titles.

Stark contrast between this cover (via Infernal Monkey) and the other one Marvelous AQL unveiled this week.

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