Concept artist Adam ‘editmo.de‘ Ferrando turns the tables and lets the final bosses have their day in this faux Famicom cover art created for this year’s Famicase exhibit, an oft-covered perennial favorite.
Continuing my coverage of Tokyo hipster retro/game store Meteor’s Famicase art exhibit, in which designers and artists create label artwork for their best 8-bit NES games never made, the store has just put together Famicase Chronicle, an interactive Flash piece that showcases all 140 artists and 216 cases from all of the past years of Meteor’s exhibit.
It’s a slow load to bring in thumbnails of all 200+ cases, and a relatively fiddly piece to navigate: my suggestion is to scroll down to the tiny ‘Auto View’ text button at bottom, sit back and enjoy the show, with its corrupted-ambient 8-bit soundtrack provided by Polytron’s Jason ‘6955’ DeGroot.
Also noteworthy: next to the Auto View button is a link called Video Report, which will load an episode of Points — DeGroot’s short-lived (but very Offworld-ian) video series dedicated to art/game culture — that covered a previous Famicase exhibit live.
Famicase Chronicle [Meteor]
As previously mentioned, Japan’s finest hipster retro/game culture store Meteor recently opened its latest Famicase art exhibit with some 58 designers and artists imagining their ultimate games never created.
While the show lacks some of the visual punch that typified its 2008 entries (by which I mean, no repeat of last year’s fantastic Vector Planet and Whale of noise, both of which do need to be turned into working games), there’s still some fantastic stuff in the mix.
The one game most after my one true heart is Cap’s vino-red King Drunk (which appears to serve dual purpose as pun on the shop name, Meteor [Mei Tei Oh]), in which players are given several attempts to clear stages “while enjoying the state of drunkenness,” and which prides itself on its “inability to control game action”:
But also excellent are:
Oh, and — whoops! Hawken King‘s ultra-subtle Bush Jr (published by GWBSOFT, natch) in which you must simply “save NYC!”
See the rest of the exhibit via the official Famicase 2009 site.
Japan’s finest hipster retro/game culture store Meteor has announced via its blog that its Famicase art exhibit will be returning to the shop from May 2nd through the 31st.
What’s Famicase? A curated selection of original 8-bit Nintendo cartridges given new labels by the local finest design houses and illustrators, each imagining games never created.
Why should we care when it’s likely that the great majority of us won’t be able to make it in to see the show? Because if this year comes even half as close to the highlights of their 2008 show (my three favorites below), we’re in for a visual treat, regardless.