One problem for me with my collection is that some of the older Nintendo games had cardboard boxes that easily got ruined and then binned back in the day. I’ve got a fair few unboxed games now that I’d love to put back into boxes.
I’ve been over The Cover Project to find some printable boxes… Didn’t have much luck. I did, however, find a link to a couple of French sites with some boxes on for you to print out. I managed to find just a couple of the ones I need and even some of those were in French or were the US boxes… I need the UK PAL ones.
My idea; take their templates (which are pretty good) and create my own boxes from them. So far I’ve managed to piece together boxes for Super Mario Kart and Super Mario All-Stars for SNES (already there in UK PAL glory) and translated the box for Zelda: Link’s Awakening. I took the shape of that Game Boy box and created (from scratch) a pretty good Alleyway box (in my opinion).
I got the GB boxes for Tetris (which was american), Megaman (which needs a LOT of cosmetic repair) and the Game Boy Camera (which is unfortunately German, but I could be ok with that). There’s a few more boxes that I really want for my GB collection; Mario & Yoshi, Double Dragon 3 and Zelda DX. I also have unboxed copies of Tennis, Track Meet & THPS2 which I’m not too fussed about right now.
Moving on to the SNES… I have already mentioned that I have found boxes for Super Mario Kart and Super Mario All-Stars but I have a few other games that could do with boxes. I also have Super Metroid (which I have also found the box art for), Killer Instinct (which I just CAN NOT get working), Urban Strike, Flashback and a couple of others which I would ideally like to be boxed.
Finally, my N64 collection. I only have 2 games at the moment for this system and one is already boxed so I really only need to find a box for Mortal Kombat 4. The box art IS on that site, but it’s German and I’m not too sure how much of it I can use. I CAN, however, use it as a PAL template as I now know what the PAL box art is supposed to look like.
Maybe you’re thinking “that’s great about replacing the cardboard boxes but what about the cardboard trays?”. Fear not! That site ALSO has printable templates for the tray inserts! For GB, SNES and N64! Even the Game Boy Camera!
I’ll post a pic or 2 here of what I’ll be printing… pretty snazzy if I say so myself.
You can look at and download the boxes I’ve done so far at my Box account (link below). There’s a .pdf template for Super Mario All Stars, which can be opened in Photoshop, and can also be used as dimensions for N64 boxes. Comment here if there are any other templates you’d like. I’ll see what I can do.