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Super Famicom Book: The Box Art Collection

Super Famicom Book: The Box Art Collection
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'Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection' is a brand new 250 page hardback book featuring stunning photography, information and features of original Japanese game/box art! The SFC was the Japanese version of the classic Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and featured glorious imagery on the packaging that the western PAL versions missed out on.

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Why We LOVE 'Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection'!


"I am a HUGE Super Famicom (SFC) fan and there's one solid reason why - the ARTWORK! The Japanese artwork is so much cooler than the Western SNES artwork. This book encapsulates everything I love about the console - there's glorious artwork, shot in high definition and presented on stunning lithographically printed paper and plenty of information about the games and features about the console. It's an absolute dream for anyone who's into retro gaming or has ever seen the SFC artwork before" - Andy Pearson, FunstockRetro.co.uk
 

Everything you need to know...


 
It wasn’t easy being a Nintendo fan in the early 90s: the wonderful Super Famicom was released in Europe as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, but it was hobbled by a bordered, 50Hz image and delayed release schedule. True Nintendo fans got hold of a Japanese console and bought their games on the grey import market.
 
As well as the benefits of faster, smoother, full-screen gameplay, Japanese cartridges came in beautiful portrait-shaped boxes, rather than the landscape packaging sold in Europe and North America. The stylish, intricate Japanese designs were almost always superior to that afforded the western releases.
 
As a celebration of this unique artwork, Bitmap Books is proud to present 'The Box Art Collection' – a compilation of Japanese game packaging, professionally shot and presented as a glorious hardback edition. It features around 250 titles, including many rare examples and some that have never before been documented in print. Sourced from the archives of renowned collector, Stuart Brett (aka Super Famicom Guy), each box is beautifully presented life-size, with a critique of the artwork, plus interviews with other collectors, explaining their love of the format.
 
The Box Art Collection comes in a square format, bound in charcoal grey wibalin with a gold foil block logo and lithographically printed to the highest standards. Long-time games journalist Steve Jarratt, launch editor of Edge and Nintendo magazine Total!, will oversee the text and also write the foreword.
 
This is an unmissable treat for anyone who had a passion for Nintendo’s 16-bit games console, and who came to embrace the distinctive Japanese artwork adorning these iconic games. 

Specifications
250mm x 250mm, Hardback, Lithographic print, Sewn binding, Charcoal Grey wibalin cover with gold foil blocked logo.
 

About the console

The Super Famicom was the original version of the SNES, released in 1990 by Nintendo. It's often described (including by us!) as the "Japanese version" of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, although it wasn't only released in Japan as it was also released in other areas such as European countries. After the initial release, a smaller and cheaper version was released (similar to the SEGA Mega Drive II) called the "SuperFamicom Jr".  

The console was designed by Masayuki Uemura (who also designed the original Famicom) and was released in Japan on Wednesday, November 21, 1990 for ¥25,000 (US$210). It was an instant hit and the initial shipment of 300,000 consoles sold out within hours of being on sale. The resulting social disturbance resulted in the Japanese government requesting Nintendo to release future console on weekends! Another interesting fact surrounding the release was that the success gathered the attention of the Yakuza and resulted in the decision to deliver the consoles at night, to avoid robbery!
 
The Western version of the console (the SNES) had a different design (in terms of form factor), however, the most noticable difference was the packaging and artwork for the games themselves. The Japanese artwork was significantly more creative and vibrant and many Westerner's collect the games for their artwork alone.
 

Differences Between the Super Famicom and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System


The original differs in a few ways to the SNES, in both design and colour. However, the differences between the PAL SNES and the SuperFamicom are greatly reduced (almost identical!). The comparison image above shows the three consoles side by side so you can compare them yourself. 
 

SuperFamicom Specs and Key Information


Also known as:
Super NES
JP SuperFamicom
KOR Super Comboy

Manufactured by: Nintendo

Release date(s):
Japan - November 21, 1990
North America -  August 23, 1991
United Kingdom - April 11, 1992
Ireland - April 11, 1992
EU - June 6, 1992
Australia - July 3, 1992
Brazil - September 2, 1992
Korea - November 25, 1990

Consoles sold Worldwide: 49.10 million
Japan: 17.17 million
North and South America: 23.35 million
Other: 8.58 million

Media: ROM cartridge
CPU: Ricoh 5A22 @ 3.58 MHz
Sound: Nintendo S-SMP
Online services: Nintendo Power (Japan Only), Satellaview (Japan only), XBAND

Top-selling games(s):
  • Super Mario World (pack-in) (20.60 million)
  • Donkey Kong Country (pack-in), 9 million
  • Super Mario Kart (pack-in), 8 million
  • Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (stand-alone), 6.3 million
Predecessor: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

Successor: Nintendo 64 (N64)

 

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