That Super Nintendo box isn't real. Neither is the cartridge.
I can see how you might be confused: when we got this package in the mail last week, it looked more than authentic enough to trigger some emotional reactions from those of us at Team Kotaku who spent our formative years with Nintendo's 16-bit gaming console.
In the box was a music album and a letter. Here's what it said:
I hope this gets to the right person, someone who loves SNES as much as I do. :)
My name is William Kage. I'm a 27-year-old programmer who grew up playing Squaresoft SNES games. Since those days in the mid-90s, I've always wanted to make music in that style. This year, I took a lot of chances, used some ad credits I had saved up, and set out to make a name for myself as a SNES composer.
This is my custom package for my album. I wanted fans of those 90s gems to be able to enjoy ripping open a sealed SNES box, without the guilt of ruining a precious artifact. I don't have a marketing team, web developer, graphic artist, or anything ... it's just me doing everything. So this was my crazy idea, to do something special, and try to stand out.
It stood out. So I followed up with Kage: this morning he told me that fans can order this packaging—as well as stand-alone copies of his CD—on his website for $25. You can also listen to sample tracks here. Nostalgia overload.