I know we recently took a look at the "forgotten" art of the video game title screen, but those were contemporary examples, from the time the art had already been forgotten.

It's probably a better idea to look at a time when it was in its prime, featured on the games of the Famicom and Nintendo Entertainment System.

It was a time when game demo units were just consoles plugged into old TV sets in a department store, and one of the only places people could really go to town on a game's art was its title screen.

As a typeface nerd and a lover of the simplistic approach, the use of logos and basic animation lights my fire. As does the inclusion of the 1985 Macross game.

Most of the images come courtesy of the excellent NES Title Screens Tumblr, where you can see a whole lot more if this is your kind of thing (via the just-as-excellent Fuck Yeah Famicom).


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