Game Boy: The Box Art Collection

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Whether you're an old-school Game Boy fan, or discovering the wonders of Nintendo's million-selling portable system for the very first time, Game Boy: The Box Art Collection is the book for you it's a vibrant celebration of some of the finest cover artwork for this monochrome marvel, which kick-started the handheld games industry.

Despite the fact that we live in a world where the average smartphone makes the Game Boy look like an abacus, in purely technical terms, Nintendo's trailblazing handheld still manages to capture the attention of gamers all over the world – and flicking through these pages, it's easy to see why. It's home to some of the most famous names in the videogame business, such as Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Mega Man, Castlevania, Gradius and Final Fantasy, and many of its best titles hold up surprisingly well by modern standards – with technology this basic, developers of the period needed to make sure the gameplay was compelling and addictive.

We've worked closely with some of the world's most renowned Game Boy collectors to pull together a varied selection of titles that spans both Western and Eastern tastes. We've tried to strike the right balance between the two, and we hope you'll enjoy seeing some familiar pieces of art rubbing shoulders with covers for games you perhaps know from the dim and distant past, but have never before seen presented in the packaging shown here.

The other notable addition is the inclusion of screenshots on each page, giving you the opportunity to see what the games in question actually look like. As if that wasn't enough, we've gone to the extra effort of professionally translating the titles of Japanese games into Romaji – something that, to our knowledge, has never been properly attempted before in any English-language book. Game Boy: The Box Art Collection also includes a foreword by Gameboycameraman, a collector's interview and an extensive feature on the history of the Game Boy.

At 372 pages long, Game Boy: The Box Art Collection also boasts a metallic silver textured cover with a metallic blue foil logo. As with all our books, we use thread sewn binding for extra durability and print lithographically on high-quality paper to showcase the gorgeous visuals as they deserve.

    Book specifications
    372 pages. 250mm × 250mm. Metallic silver textured cover with metallic blue foil blocked logo. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Hardback. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Shrink-wrapped. Free PDF for viewing on the go.

    Includes contributions from:
    Jas Austin, Jean-Jacques Calbayrac, Tim Girvin, Vincent Haucourt, Michael Lynch, Paul Machacek, Damien McFerran and Chris Sutherland.

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    Yoann B.
    I recommend this product

    Un très beau livre pour les fans de Game Boy

    Je suis ravi de mon achat. C’est un livre très bien réalisé, avec d’abord une quinzaine de pages de texte (en Anglais, forcément) sur l’histoire de la machine, puis une sélection de plusieurs centaines de jeux Game Boy (un jeu par page), chaque page comportant une image de la couverture US, Pal ou japonaise (ce qui permet de découvrir des visuels moins connus), ainsi que quelques screenshots et un petit texte traitant du jeu.

    Corbin B.
    Canada Canada
    I recommend this product

    Excellent Encyclopedia!

    This book looks and feels great as a start! The art inside is great, the quality is unmatched in my experience with these types of books. If you're a portable gamer fan or just like old school Nintendo Box Art, this is for you. Delivery was insanely fast and easy!

    Christopher T.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    Powerful Pocketful

    Man, I know reviewing Bitmap Books projects may sound effusive but they have an uncanny sense of how to present both technical information and visual splendor in equal, exciting measure. Beautiful graphic design, enlightening narrative, striking layouts… a true Game Boy experience in 372 pages. Whether you opened your first DMG in 1989, any model anytime afterward, or have yet to crackle that screen to life at all, this book will make you feel what that phenomenon is like. KUDOS to Bitmap for another amazing piece of gaming scholarship!

    Christopher T.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    Pocket Full Of Posies

    Bitmap Books should develop a curriculum to accompany their masterworks, as this volume (like every other book I’ve read from them) is an education. From the Christmas I got my first DMG until yesterday, I learned half of what I know about the Game Boy and its software - today I learned the other half, and corrected half of what I thought I knew. Beautiful graphic design, compelling and instructive writing, all in a tome that makes you feel like you’re opening the box of that first cart, taking it out of its clear plastic case, snapping it into the cart slot and going wide-eyed at the anticipation of the adventure to come. Bravo Bitmap, truly an education in every sense.

    Ross B.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
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    Lovely book

    I always look forward to the Bitmap books arriving. Highly recommended to anyone you loves the subject matter and cares about the little extra care taken in the service & packaging