Every year or so now, independent Japanese game retailer/showcase Meteor hosts an exhibition called Famicase. The goal? Feature the design and illustration of cartridge art for games that don’t exist. Artists from all over the world participate, sending in their submissions, and each year Meteor selects the best and displays them live in their store.
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Since the exhibition is in Tokyo, however, most of you are not able to go see it. Never mind! Meteor is also kind enough to post the submissions annually on their website, leaving us free to see how amazing each one is.
As I never have a year For what feels like 1000 yearsthis article is going to highlight some of my favorite entries for the year, some of them from local artists, some of them from international artists and some of them even from my city readers who were kind enough to send in their own successful submissions.
If you want to check each entry, there is a gallery site herewhile you can also buy a nice book from the entire collection of Meteor for ¥1430 (or around 10 USD). Anyway, without further ado: submissions!
I should note here at the end that even though the whole point of Famicase is to imagine games that don’t exist, and just focusing on making pieces of cartridge art that look good hanging on the wall (or displayed in a book), it does not mean that these games are not created. As we covered previouslyTHE A Game By Its Cover jam takes place every year and asks developers to turn some of these concepts into real, playable games..