Remember When?: Games Came in Paper Packaging

I do these pieces to reminisce on my gaming experiences and hope that you all went through some of the same stuff I went through. When I was growing up, I had a Super Nintendo, Game Boy Pocket, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance. I’m not going to go into the systems after those generations, because you don’t want to hear about those. After those systems, paper packaging was pretty much extinct. So, I just want to share with you all the greatness that was paper packaging, and why it is so much more awesome than the boring cases we have today.

First of all, I would like to mention that most special edition games now come in a paper sleeve. Why? Because paper ROCKS! Before writing this piece I really thought I had some of my old paper boxes for most of my old games, but I guess not. The only thing I have now are my Game Boy Advance boxes. So, I’ll try to do the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 justice.

The best part about the whole thing was the guts of the box itself. To me, it was always interesting to see how the game was safely nestled in the gorgeous paper box. There is usually a plastic slip the game would be in to keep it as fresh as possible for my grubby fingers. I noticed that some of the low end Game Boy Advance games would come in packaging that was far less stellar than the packaging of its high end brothers.

Boring… It’s just a little flap.

The downside for these boxes is that they would get crushed! I thought it was the worst feeling in the world when I would stumble upon one of my boxes and see it crushed. I think the worst was when I saw my Pokémon Silver box flattened like a pancake. The Pokémon boxes were usually the nicest ones to have. They were shiny and shimmery. I think I just threw the box out, because of how disappointed I was.

Now, every game comes in the DVD case and they’re nice, I guess. It’s just disappointing that games don’t have their own specific type of packaging any more. It was also real nice to see the cartridge when it is brand spankin’ new. Discs are nice, especially some that have real nice artwork on them, but I think it’s safe to say cartridges look way better. With the Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Nintendo 64, it was nice to see the cartridges with the miniaturized version of the box in sticker form. It’s going to be a real sad day when games go completely digital. Hopefully not.

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François Chang

Working on the DualShockers staff as both an editor and community manager since late 2009, François is absolutely no stranger to the videogame industry. He is a graduate from the City College of New York, and has his Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising. His next step is to obtain his Master's degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Before starting his career, François has been gaming since the age of 2 with Super Mario World, and he has never looked back since. Gaming may be his profession, but it has always been his passion.

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