05. Chesst – Star Wars Trilogy Arcade
We have absolutely no idea what Chesst is up to with his boggle-eyed Han Solo and his demonic Princess Leia, but we're glad he felt the need to do it.
06. Alex Cash – Sonic the Hedgehog
And on a similar note, here's Alex Cash with his take on Sonic, a hedgehog who's clearly seen too much and let the horror get to him. We imagine his next stop is a stint on Celebrity Big Brother.
07. Diego Velázquez – Ocarina of Time
Ah, that's better. Here's Diego Velázquez with an illustration based on one of the best Zelda games; its storybook looks hint at the flat aesthetic of The Wind Waker, which followed a few years later.
08. Christian Michel – Mario Party
There ain't no party like a Mario Party, as the old song goes, and Christian Michel's alternative cover certainly rams that message home. Lively cartoon visuals suggest that this particular party may well get out of hand at some point, perhaps with the police being called.
09. Erik Conzález – Goldeneye 007
We love all the shaded polygons in Erik Conzález' Goldeneye picture; there are probably more polygons in this image than there were in the entire original N64 game.
10. Roberto Meléndrez – Pokémon Sapphire
Which Pokémon is this? We honestly couldn't tell you, but we absolutely adore this mosaic-style illustration by Roberto Meléndrez. They say you've gotta catch 'em all, but we'll make do with just this one.
11. Eduardorama – Duck Hunt
Something about Eduardorama's cover image for venerable NEW lightgun game, Duck Hunt, tells us a lot about his feelings for Duck Hunt Dog, who can ruin your bonus round by jumping out unexpectedly and getting in your way. Bad dog!
You can find the entire set of 50 video game covers here.
Words: Jim McCauley
Jim McCauley is a writer, editor and occasional podcaster, and is available for children's parties.
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