15 Best Pieces of 1980s NES Cartridge Box Art

I recently posted a great piece of art that featured a little kid blowing into an original Nintendo Entertainment System game cartridge. It got me thinking about all the games I used to play back in the day, and I started looking up some old stuff to reminisce on those good old days. As I was skimming through some stuff, a lot of video game cartridge images were popping up and I noticed there was some really cool art that was created for some of these games. One of the other things I noticed is that the bad art outweighed the good, so I thought I'd pluck out a few of the coolest NES game cartridge illustrations that I came across and do a little post for them. Castlevania sure seemed to know what they were doing when it came to the art as the first three games top the list. 

Each piece that I included actually has some artistic flare too it. An artist actually put in some effort into making it feel badass. A lot of the game art just wasn't like that back in the day. There was a lot of logo art, a lot of pixilated art, and some really bad art. I'm sure the good art helped in the marketing and selling of the game. I know I only wanted to play the games with the radical art on the cover. Sometimes that game would suck ass. You can't judge a game by its cover, even if the cover of the book looks awesome. On top of the art, I also included a little game play action or a commercial for each one.

Castlevania - 1986

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest - 1987

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse - 1989

Gauntlet - 1987

After Burner - 1987

Ikari Warriors - 1986

Iron Sword: Wizards and Warriors II - 1989

Ninja Gaiden - 1989

Double Dragon II: The Revenge - 1988

Blades of Steel - 1989

Operation Wolf - 1987

Life Force - 1988

The Goonies II - 1987

Contra - 1987

Mega Man - 1987


G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor - 1992

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