ByMarlon McDonald, writer at
Umm... are you going to drink that Skooma?
Marlon McDonald

Video games are great and all that, but coming from an era in which immense artwork on game boxes that held cartridges would bring excitement and actual faces to your characters was mezmerizing, and just as pivotal as the gameplay itself.

They would offer hints at the action to come and allow your imagination to bridge the gap between what your character and the game world should look like, as opposed to the succession of dots they appear as on screen

Box art is exactly what it says it is – an artform. And sometimes art can fall to the wayside like anything cultivated by human hands. That's where this post comes in. Come and have a look at ten of the coolest and weirdest retro promotional video game art I've come across.

And if you're anything like me, a few of them will have you in tears of laughter! The 90s was a weird place, man...

10 Strange And Wonderful Pieces Of Retro Video Game Promotional Art

Air Inferno (1990)

This poster is amazing. It's part The Towering Inferno, part Die Hard, part Airwolf and all badass! Don't you think?

Cisco Heat (1990)

All American Police Car Race (made in Japan). Jokes aside, this poster is dope. I want to be amidst Cisco's heat!

Segata Sanshirou Shinken Yuugi (1998)

Sega's most badass mascot was so damn cool, he even managed to nab himself his own game! This is the result. This is legend.

Disco No. 1 (1982)

What is this place? Where is this place? Can I go? And who's the creepy, shadowed dude with the cigarette? Wait... is that even a cigarette?

Assault Suit Leynos (1990)

This is f***ing AWESOME! I love how furious the pencil marks are in this piece. Not to mention the mecha!

Magical Saurs Tour (1990)

Ope, I think the T-Rex just saw the asteroid that killed its kind in the distance. Look at its face!

"Aaah shit."
"Aaah shit."

Zanac Ex (1986)

Not sure if that creature in the centre of frame is terrifying or pretty cool, but you have to admit this entire poster is 100% badass.

Will need a few xanax after playing this
Will need a few xanax after playing this

Wheelin' Wally (1984)

Erm... wtf is happening here then?

Seriously... wtf is going on?!
Seriously... wtf is going on?!

Canon V-20 MSX (1983)

This photo is so 80s it hurts. Like being poked by shoulder pads.


And finally...

New Roommania: Porori Seishun (2003)

I dunno about you, but this is the funniest thing I've seen today. What is happening?!

What dreams are made of
What dreams are made of

What's the weirdest piece of video game box art you've seen?


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