For some time now ive been meaning to add some Japanese import games to my Nintendo collection. Seeing an imported Nintendo game was a thing of rarity growing up for me in the 90s but once i set eyes on a Super Famicom game from my local shop, i was amazed with how detailed the box art was. Not only was the box art created with great care, vibrant colours and of course beautiful Japanese fonts but the hole package just stood out in comparison to the European and American counterparts.
Detail , detail detail is seemingly always at the forefront of the production teams mind. The game box holds a single plastic tray and the manual is a perfect size to fit on your shelf without looking like an eye saw amongst your other games or books. A cartridge size hole is cut into the plastic moulded tray to keep the cartridge neatly in place. This hole also doubles up to fit the neatly constructed manual and safety leaflet in place. There is no more of that “jamming” your manual into the box and bending the whole darn thing.
With the games i have purchased so far I’ve noticed the presentation and design given to the Super Famicom game instruction manuals is mind blowing. As i mentioned above, they are a neatly constructed booklet but the attention to detail is always second to none. I mean just to see more drawings of Mario or Street Fighter characters when i was younger would have blown me away but yet this content is in full abundance within their manuals.
So without further ado here are some of the games i have purchased recently, enjoy!
Super Mario All Star, Super Mario Bros.2 is japan is referred to as Super Mario Bros. USA
Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels is actually Super Mario Bros.2 in Japan
Instruction manual side A
Instruction manual side B
Famicom Mario Bros and Super Mario Bros game cartridges
Street Fighter II Series for the Super Famicom
More box art coming in part 2 with the Final Fantasy Series, Super Mario Bros.4 and more