Today is the thrilling conclusion to uniform label designs on NES games! We're going to be looking at the actual art on the front of the labels today, which opens up a whole new selection of designs.
Last week we looked at the end labels of games from 21 different companies which had similar designs. I felt as though some of them weren't readily apparent unless you had them organized by publisher. Some I included just for completeness sake, and this feature is no exception.
Today we're going to look at collages from 24 different publishers. Brace yourselves for an extremely image heavy feature! As always, click the images to see larger versions.
|Black bar at the bottom with the Acclaim logo.|
|White bar at the bottom with the Acclaim logo.|
2: American Sammy
|Note the width of the border around the image.|
3: American Softworks
|ASC logo in the bottom left corner, plus the size of the colored border!|
|The logo is at an angle and the background image is tilted to the left.|
|The Brøderbund logo is in a tab in the bottom right of the image.|
|Futuristic angled grid patterns!|
|Purple. Probably what you think of when you think NES Capcom games.|
7: Culture Brain
|White with the Culture Brain logo in the bottom left.|
8: Data East
|Solid color border with the Data East logo centered at the bottom.|
9: FCI, Inc.
|Solid color border, art aligned near the bottom, FCI logo at the top.|
10: Hudson Soft
|Hard to see on Adventure Island, but more futuristic grids!|
|White Jaleco labels with a blue Jaleco logo at the top.|
|Like the end label, JVC carts have a sandy brown coloring.|
13: Kemco Seika
|Note that the art is in a triangle.|
|Konami carts with their popular silver labels!|
15: LJN, Ltd.
|LJN, Ltd.. carts with their right angled art window.|
|LJN, Ltd. carts with their boring Acclaim-ish bottom white bar.|
16: Milton Bradley
|All silver with the art aligned in the bottom left corner.|
17: Mindscape, Inc.
|Predominately white labels with a square art window at the top.|
|You already know about these. Just here for completeness sake.|
|SNK carts with colored stripes flanking the center art.|
|Blue bar at the top, but also note the left tilted rectangle the art is in.|
|Also, vertical logo going down the left side.|
|Taxan games with the art aligned to the left with a colored border.|
|Tilted logo with characters floating in a Tecmo void.|
|Look at those red lines intersecting in the bottom left!|
24: Ultra Games
|Ultra games with a stripe of art going diagonally down across the label.|
A few of these designs are very well known, but I think a few of them are more subtle, for example the Hudson Soft, Kemco Seika, and Sunsoft art. In any case, I think it's a really cool thing these publishers did back in the day. I never see or hear people mention the consistency of these designs when they're talking about NES games, so I don't know if they never noticed them before or they just don't care. I think it's a neat thing that I think more people should be aware of.
I hope you enjoyed the article!