If I was to name my all-time favourite games console, then hands down the Sega Mega Drive (aka the Sega Genesis) would be the console that takes the No.1 spot. As a kid/teen who grew up during the 1990s, the Mega Drive was my jam and provided me with hours of entertainment, thanks to some highly inventive games.
But it wasn’t just the games which caught my attention – often the artwork featured on the boxes and cartridges was also a winner. And in this post, I am going to showcase some of the artwork, which (in my personal opinion) still looks pretty cool today!
An artform: Sega Mega Drive cartridge and box art
Before we get started, can we just take a moment to marvel at the Cool Spot artwork above. It’s so simple, yet so effective – and feels VERY ’90s. Regardless of your thoughts on the game itself, the design is pretty good.
*Takes a moment to gaze at the image*
OK, time to move on. Below is a selection of images which highlight some of the artwork associated with Sega Mega Drive/Genesis games. The images are a mix of box art, cartridge art, and the occasional instruction manual.
And that’s your lot.
With the exception of Maximum Carnage, which sports a blood-red cartridge, all of the cartridges featured in this post are black, and yet none of them look dark and/or dull. Thanks to the imaginative artwork, all of these games have a certain vibrancy which really helps to make them stand out from the crowd.
Awesome artwork from some truly awesome games (especially Aladdin). They don’t make ’em like they used to.
Thank you for taking the time to read/scroll through this post featuring images of Sega Mega Drive box and cartridge artwork. I hope it has offered you a neat little window back to your gaming past.
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