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See Samus in a new light
Metroid: Other M certainly had some delicious artwork, most of which was only available in Japanese, but those hard-working folks at the Metroid Database have translated plenty of concept art into English. From sketches of Zero Suit Samus to maps and boss concepts, the artwork is well worth a look over if you're into Samus's most recent adventure. Be warned though: the..
Link's never looked better
As you'll have read in our Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D preview, Link's rarely looked better than in his next appearance. It's not just the 3DS's advanced graphics technology making the game look so good, though: it all goes back to the original artwork, as Nintendo has released a series of images showing how Link's...
Inside-out art drawn up
Reversible cover art is a great way to show your fans you appreciate their devotion: an extra bonus so secret 90% of people would never think to look for it, with RPG Xenoblade Chronicles set to receive the dual art treatment in Europe. Nintendo of Europe wants your help in picking the inside cover for the game, with a new...
Beats the gold standard
We thought the golden cover art for Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D in North America was good, but this artwork for the European version trumps it. Showing Link and Epona on one of many gallops across Hyrule, it may not be quite as classy as North America's cover but it's certainly more colourful. Check out that attention...
Update: Or will you?
The WiiWare and DSiWare logos are like old friends, with their slanty, curvy letters, so it's no surprise Nintendo decided to stick to exactly the same design style with the logo for 3DSWare. Nintendo of Greece uploaded the logo to its website recently, although there's nothing else to see in the section: no confirmed games,...
Don't use Rock Smash
Pokémon games work best in the palm of your hand: built for portable gaming, they're suited to the small screen, but that doesn't mean we can't see the creatures on a much grander scale. Over at Berlin's Wilmersdorfer Arcaden shopping centre, the pocket monsters broke free of the confines of the small screen to terrorise passers-by with a light projection display. The..
Every English-language game to get its own custom artwork
With the extensive catalogue of games that the NES has to offer, the collectors out there understandably try to get themselves a copy of each and every title. For artist Campbell Whyte, his mission is to paint every single one of them. Based in Perth, Australia, Whyte is in the process of producing one painting a day in his 8 Bit Dreams art..
For your eyes ONI
Wii adventure Little King's Story was a critical, if not commercial success, with countless gamers falling in love with it since it went on sale two years ago. European publisher Rising Star Games realises the game still carries a loyal following, and has released some concept art exclusively for members of its Hoshi club. The art...
Strong, sharp, lots of lines
Pokémon Black & White aren't just offering new features like online video chat, three-on-three battles and seasonal gameplay: two of the biggest new additions are slapped right on the front of the box. Legendary Pokémon Reshiram and Zekrom take centre stage on the game's box art, but how did Pokémon master Ken Sugimori craft the two new titans? Contemplating..
Then throw a barrel maybe
The art style in Donkey Kong Country Returns is pitch-perfect, showing respect to the gorilla's history and containing countless tiny references to his previous outings as well as other Retro Studios titles. The concept art that went into producing this unique art style is every bit as impressive as you'd expect,...
Print 'em, cut 'em out and scare the retro crap out of everyone.
Ah, Halloween, the one day of the year where little kids are encouraged to defy all parental advice and take candy from strangers. It's so close you can almost feel the post-holiday sugar hangover. Are you excited? Nintendo Life is pretty excited, and that's not just the sugar talking. We all got so excited that we teamed up with our..
Design studio shows off unused box and promotional art.
SEGA's House of the Dead: Overkill took the franchise in a whole new art direction, pushing a cheesy grindhouse aesthetic to the limit. The box art and in-game posters reeked of 70's exploitation movies, strengthening the game's much-needed personality. Fluidesign, the studio behind all the tacky posters, logos and box art, have posted a..
Another case of some things best left animated.
Santa Monica-based artist Greg de Stefano is, like many others, a fan of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He also seems to be a fan of scaring the willies out of you, if his latest work is any indication. Taking things a bit deeper than the uncanny valley, the off-kilter ensemble cast of the mascot basher is the subject of de Stefano's mildly perturbing new..
Take a look at the delicious Collector’s edition
Our good pals over at Nintendo just sent over some sweet images of the box art for the upcoming Metroid Prime Trilogy: Collector’s Edition which you can see in our gallery below. Exclusive bonus content includes: Collector’s edition metal packaging Special Metroid Prime Trilogy art booklet 250x183...
Avert your eyes, little ones
Unofficial fan-made artwork usually falls into one of two camps - totally amazing or acutely embarrassing. Thankfully, "Shura Momohime” - by the painfully talented Muuten - is firmly in the former category. It's also happens to be a little bit rude, so don't click this link unless you're comfortable with seeing fictional video game characters "nekkid"..
Fifty-eight artists and designers craft imaginary Famicom game carts
The art on game boxes and carts from the 8-bit era was generally pretty crap. A lot of it is still crap today, but back then gaming was still considered largely a kid's thing so people gave even less of a **** on whether or not the box art looked good. Japanese retro games shop Meteor is behind the My Famicase exhibition, which..
Crafty Etsy gal inhope has decided to grace her online shop with this lovely NES-controller bag -- not a bag for carrying a NES controller, but a ladies shoulder bag which has NES controller stylings (it does look like you could probably fit a Wii into that thing along with a large wallet, however). inhope is based in the USA and the bag is priced at US$39.99, though you can get it..
Expert assures us that games do, in fact, tell us stories that engage our minds.
Dr Souvik Mukherjee of Nottingham Trent University believes video games should be regarded as a storytelling medium that can stand along with traditional literary texts. Of course as a computer game narrative expert he has conducted an arbitrary research study to make these incredible findings... well, more credible..
At a GDC 2009 roundtable with renowned designers, Art seems to be a dirty word
It’s a debate that has raged for centuries: Do video games constitute art? Ok, maybe not centuries, but it seems like a while. Personally, I say ‘yeah, of course it is!’, but I’m not the creator of games that have been hailed as art by so many. At this years...
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