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#1 organicow

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 07:46 PM

We are keeping this thread for discussions, but please visit Snowcone's site at Snackbar Games (www.snackbar-games.com/gbacovers.php) for all the GBA cover action you could ever need!!

While I started this project in November of '04, and have done about a dozen of these myself, Snowcone has really run with it!! While a handful of other users have now contributed as well, Snowcone has proven that he has WAY too much spare time on his hands :wink: by doing a zillion of them! He says more are on the way, and we also owe a big thanks to Heavy Liquid for sharing a ton of raw box scans that we've been able to use. Thanks!!

Snowcone has now created a webpage dedicated to these covers here: www.snackbar-games.com/gbacovers.php!! Let's keep this thread alive as a place to discuss these things, but do all of our file and scan swapping through the new page.

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When I got my DS and Mario 64 DS, I was struck by how cool-looking (though not very portable) the mini-DVD-style cases are. I've always wanted a way to store my GBA games on my gameshelf in a manner similar to my PS/PS2/DC/XB/GC games. So, since all DS cases have a GBA cart slot in them as well, I decided to start a little project.
(BTW, if you want to do this too, you can buy empty DS game cases in the nintendo.com store.)

So, in the tradition of MookyJooky's PS1/DC DVD cover thread (http://www.cheapassg...pic.php?t=26277), here are my DS-sized GBA covers (and also a real cover for the Metroid DS demo)! These files, when printed out, should fit perfectly into the DS game cases.
We hope you guys like 'em! if you want to use these, feel free: just click on the links below the pics to download the higher-resolution files that are good to print. I ordered 20 empty DS cases from nintendo for $18 shipped; why not?!? 8)
Anyway, give us your feedback on these; I'd like to know what you guys think.
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#2 evilmax17

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 07:52 PM

Man, I love shit like this. These shouldn't be that hard too make either, because you can find high-quality boxart for most games at amazon. Cool idea bro.
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#3 maxflight

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 07:52 PM

those are really nice, good job!

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 07:55 PM

This is freaking awesome. I'm ordering the cases right now...

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#5 organicow

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 07:55 PM

yeah, you can usually get the fronts at amazon, but not the backs. I actually scanned all these myself, and then photoshopped them. Actually, i lost the box for Castlevania: HOD, so i got those pics from cdcovers.cc; they aren't as good, but they'll do for now...
The scanning took a little while because my scanner's a bit slow, but the photoshop work was really easy.

hopefully i'll get around to doing the rest of my games (and my friends', too) sometime soon...

thanks for the kind words!
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#6 Alpha2

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 07:55 PM

Hey, these are pretty cool. But how big are the DS game cases? are they like GBA boxes but plastic? Because I would think it easier to store the games in some sort of wallet/case rather than drag all these boxes around. Though they're darn sweet as show peices/
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#7 organicow

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 07:56 PM

This is freaking awesome. I'm ordering the cases right now...

Requests:
Wario Ware, Inc.
Yoshi's Island
SMB3
Mario v. Donkey Kong
Chu Chu Rocket
Monkey Ball Jr.
Super Mario World


actually, WarioWare and all of the mario games you mentioned are in the next batch; hopefully in the next few days... glad you like them!
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#8 organicow

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 07:58 PM

Hey, these are pretty cool. But how big are the DS game cases? are they like GBA boxes but plastic? Because I would think it easier to store the games in some sort of wallet/case rather than drag all these boxes around. Though they're darn sweet as show peices/


yeah, they aren't very portable, and i'll still use a wallet (or my pockets) to carry the games around. These are more for my home use; they look really nice on my shelf with all my other games, and its a good way to keep them organized with their manuals, etc.
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#9 Mookyjooky

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 07:59 PM

Sounds cool, question is...will a Nintendo DS case hold a GBA cartridge being that the DS games are smaller?

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 08:04 PM

The DS case has a special slot for a GBA game.

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#11 organicow

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 08:04 PM

Sounds cool, question is...will a Nintendo DS case hold a GBA cartridge being that the DS games are smaller?


yeah, each DS case comes with two slots in it - one DS-sized, and one GBA-sized! 8)
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#12 alongx

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 08:07 PM

i really like that DS cases have GBA slots. right now i have a handful of shitty tiny GBA cases.
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#13 organicow

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 08:09 PM

right now i have a handful of shitty tiny GBA cases.


same here - that's why i am sort of excited about the DS cases....
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#14 Wet Ninja

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 08:10 PM

Good job on the cover art, organicow. They look great.

For those wondering about the DS cases, there's a discussion about them in this thread:
http://cheapassgamer...pic.php?t=38782

and lots of pictures of them in this article:
http://gba.gamespy.c...7/567398p1.html

#15 Arakias

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 08:11 PM

Amazing work! I dont even have a DS but these cases would look sweet.

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 08:18 PM

Fantastic - needed one for Hunters.

Now I just need a single extra case :(

Wanna hook me up with a case and a printed Hunters insert for a little cash, cow?

#17 organicow

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 08:26 PM

Fantastic - needed one for Hunters.

Now I just need a single extra case :(

Wanna hook me up with a case and a printed Hunters insert for a little cash, cow?


sure - i ordered the cases, and they should be here soon. I try to remember to let you know when they get here!
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Posted 23 November 2004 - 08:26 PM

Wicked cool.

#19 Sartori

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 08:29 PM

Fantastic - needed one for Hunters.

Now I just need a single extra case :(

Wanna hook me up with a case and a printed Hunters insert for a little cash, cow?


sure - i ordered the cases, and they should be here soon. I try to remember to let you know when they get here!


Awesome dude. I don't need to reformat my entire collection, as appetizing as that is, so 20 cases is a bit overkill for me :D

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#20 Mookyjooky

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 08:36 PM

Hey, thanks for mentioning my page...I kinda gave up on the idea when I realized....the dreamcast is dead. If you want help with GBA cover games let me know....I'll give you credit for the .PSD file you're using. I have a couple to scan in.

Email me the .psd file and I'll put this on the barcode.

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#21 Mookyjooky

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 08:39 PM

Namco Museum and Virtua Tennis links are dead, just letting you know.

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i dont know if its already been mentioned but the zelda4 swords link isnt working, just thought i'd point it out

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 08:46 PM

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Good work man.
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Posted 23 November 2004 - 08:48 PM

I'm impressed. Nice work. You could start a little business here for CAG and make quite a nice chunk of change doing that.

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#25 organicow

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 09:36 PM

Namco Museum and Virtua Tennis links are dead, just letting you know.


Yeah, i f'd up those links - they are fixed now. sorry a'bout that!

and mooky - i actually lied about using photoshop...well, it's just so much easier to say "photoshopped" rather than say "illustrator-ed." I actually just measured out the Mario DS inlay and then created an Illustrator template from there - so i'm not really using a .psd template...

but hey - feel free to make up some of these! I certainly don't care about being the one-and-only around here. go for it!
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#26 Jaket

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 04:47 AM

am i the only retarded one who trys to print these and they come out WAY too big?
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#27 k8s

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 05:12 AM

I have some game boxes (15 or so) that I could scan if you'd like.

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 05:16 AM

They look great.

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 05:19 AM

sooo fucking cool

what kind of paper do you all recommend to print them onto

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 12:58 PM

Very cool.