Old-school game packaging was pretty incredible. Sure, some 8-bit releases have terrible box art and were clearly designed in the space of a single evening, but there's a charm to their rough and ready nature - they hark back to a more primitive, innocent age.

Engadget's Sean Buckley knows this all too well, and has kindly posted a gallery of NES packaging from his own personal collection which should transport veteran players back to their local video game emporium, where they once stood in front of racks of cardboard boxes that bore artwork which seemed to promise so much.

From Nintendo's early pixel-heavy box designs to iconic covers such as Castlevania and Final Fantasy, it's impossible to browse through this gallery without feeling a little bit sad that we'll never see cover art as evocative as this ever again. Enjoy.